Happy New Year. I hope you all had a lovely, restful Christmas with friends and family.
Today, I’d like to talk about Orthotics and how they can help improve your comfort and mobility.
Orthotics are prescription medical insoles, pads or braces worn on a body part or on or inside footwear. Footwear themselves are a form of orthotic when made to prescription. Orthotics are designed to address several factors including age, severity of condition and take into account your lifestyle and occupation as well as perform one or more of these functional objectives.
Support, change or alter foot and ankle posture and consequently the rest of the musculoskeletal system.
Cushion a body part e.g. heels, balls of the feet or toes.
Redistribute pressure from a painful area.
Change, alter or move of a body part or joint.
Restrict movement of a body part or joint.
Create new movement e.g. a stiff joint function.
Overall, the goal is to improve posture, walking, comfort and ultimately your quality of life.
In many ways, orthotics are similar to glasses and the benefits come from their ability to control and improve function whilst using them.
There are many sources and options including readymade, semi-custom or full custom. Your choice of which will depend very much on the underlying cause, objectives, and your budget.
At the Foot Comfort Centre, we can analyse your gait using the latest technology and decades of clinical experience. We also have a dedicated 10 metre gait analysis room and an orthotic fabrication laboratory onsite so we can prepare a full range of custom or semi-custom devices for you.
Thank you for reading and on behalf of everyone at the Foot Comfort Centre we wish all the readers of this publication, happy walking.
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