An orthotic device is used to support and align the joints of the foot, to prevent or correct deformities, relieve pain, improve biomechanics and overall functional movement. All of our Physiotherapists have completed postgraduate education in biomechanical assessments & orthotic prescriptions.
Orthotics-The prescription of an orthotic device is usually recommended as part of the overall physiotherapy management of a condition or treatment. Conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonopathy and recurrent injuries such as ankle ligament sprains may be attributable in part to faulty biomechanics. These types of problems require physiotherapy treatment in the first instance to settle symptoms prior to the introduction of an orthotic if indicated.
Orthotic devices can vary from ‘off-the-shelf’ heel raises, wedges and arch supports, to clinic-made temporary devices, to prefabricated devices and then to prescription insoles and custom made orthoses designed from an impression of the foot. The type of orthotic that maybe recommend for individual patients is determined by many factors, including the findings on biomechanical assessment, the type of injury sustained or presenting condition, footwear and lifestyle.
All Chartered Physiotherapists at PhysioPlus have completed postgraduate education in biomechanical assessments and orthotic prescriptions. Prior to orthotic prescription, a detailed biomechanical assessment is undertaken. This includes the following:
- A detailed history of the injury or presenting complaint
- An assessment of posture
- Examination of the joints of the spine, pelvis and lower limbs
- Muscle flexibility testing of the lower limb muscle groups
- Gait analysis
- Advice regarding footwear
- Recommendation of the appropriate orthotic device
- Measurement and impression taking if a custom-made device is indicated