What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are corrective devices used for the feet. They usually are in the form of custom molded insoles or they can be built into custom made shoes. These devices are custom made for each patient from a cast that is molded to each patient’s personal feet specifications.
What do Orthotics do?
Orthotics help maintain the foot and ankle joint in an optimal position during walking(gait) or standing. By controlling the amount of motion in the feet, the orthotics help minimize or eliminate the amount of rolling-in (pronation) or rolling out (supination) during walking.
Orthotics will give proper support to the areas of your feet that need it. Without this support, problems in the feet, ankles, knees, hip joints, and spine can develop. Improper mechanics will exert excessive stress and load to the joints and muscles.
This can lead to muscle strain, chronic inflammation, and premature degeneration to the involved joints from the “wear and tear”.
How long does a pair of Orthotics last?
Depending on the frequency of wear and the activities involved, a pair of orthotics will provide proper support for about 1 ½ to 2 years on average. However, it is advisable that you have your doctor examine you and the orthotics annually.