Looking for custom orthotics Kingston?
The term “orthotics” refers to a type of mechanism – usually designed for the foot – that is meant to restore an individual’s ideal biomechanical function. Even subtle imperfections of a foot’s skeletal structure can have immense repercussions on the rest of an individual’s body. These repercussions can involve recurrent pain or injury to certain parts of the body. Even if an individual is not currently suffering lower limb pain, orthotic prescriptions can still prove useful if the individual is an athlete or bears weight on an occupational basis. If this is the case, orthotics London can improve endurance and prevent potential injuries from occurring.
Although some orthotics are available generically at most shoe stores, only orthotic prescriptions (issued by a medical professional) guarantee that the structural integrity of your foot won’t be further compromised by wearing the orthotic. Podiatrists can design orthotic devices on an individual patient to patient basis, devices that are customized to a patient’s unique foot structure. These individualized insoles can provide sturdy support or soft flexibility to numerous different aspects of the patient’s foot.
Patients of podiatrists can have their feet imaged three-dimensionally and measured for foot orthotics customized to fit their individual need. These types of orthotics can be restorative in nature – helping to heal various injuries – or they can be preventative in design, attempting to keep damage from occurring. Comfort and ease of action are paramount when it comes to custom-made orthotics.
In general, there are two types of orthotic designs: Accommodative & Functional.
Accommodative orthotics are meant to work with (or accommodate) types of abnormal particularities of the foot – particularities like foot ulcers, calluses, etc.
These designs are soft, meant to cushion painful areas of the foot. Functional orthotics on the other hand are semi-rigid rather than soft; and are meant to correct abnormal motion and relieve the pain the motion can cause.
For more about orthotics, explore these Fact or Fiction Foot Facts – and test your knowledge of this unique type of care!
Fact or Fiction: Walking does not put more than a person’s own weight of force on a foot.
FICTION! Walking can put around 1.5 times a person’s weight of force on their feet – momentum and speed increase a foots’ impact relative to their owner’s weight. So how much weight can running put on your feet? Think 3 times your weight…that’s a lot for such a small pair of body parts!
Fact or Fiction: Despite their relative smallness compared to the rest of the body, feet contain 25% of a human’s total bone count.
FACT! Feet are incredibly complex in design, and their total of 52 bones (26 each) are proof of this! A Human has 206 bones…meaning that – yes – one of four bones are found in the foot.
Fact or Fiction: If you have pronated (flat-footed) or supinated (highly arched) feet – orthotics are inevitable.
FICTION! Slight flat-footedness or high-archness will only become an orthotic concern if the individual suffers an injury, if the individual is a serious athlete, if the individual is in pain, and if the individual bears weight on a day to day basis – increasing the risk of an injury in the future.
Fact or Fiction: Orthotics do not last long and so are not worth the expense.
FICTION! Orthotic technology has improved the life-span of orthotic insoles to the point where properly prescribed and worn devices can last many years – and evolving technology is finding ways to further increase this lifespan every day. The expense is greater than that of the garden-variety insoles available generically – but this price is usually covered to varying degrees by insurance policies. Compared to the cost of a monthly pain prescription which may continue for decades, the cost of a singular orthotic device is sensible and preferable for the right patients.
Podiatrists specialize exclusively in the foot and ankle – and podiatry is the only profession which dedicates itself fully to these structures. You don’t have to live in pain – contact a podiatrist to see what orthotics or lifestyle changes can do for you.