Foot Orthoses

Foot orthoses are shoe inserts  designed to support align  or  aid to improve the function of the feet.  They are also often called “orthotics”.  Orthoses .

There are many different  kinds of orthoses. The orthoses recommended by your podiatrist are prescription devices. Custom made to suit  your individual needs and biomechanics ( the way your body moves).

Who wears orthoses?

People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower leg problems wear orthoses. Sportspeople are often  prescribed orthoses  by their podiatrist to help maximise their performance, as well as to address mechanical problems.

Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition which is limiting their mobility or independence may benefit from wearing orthoses.

When are orthoses used ?

Your podiatrist may prescribe orthoses for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking  into account your own biomechanics, footwear, and occupational and lifestyles factors.

Orthoses provide valuable long term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns , callous and ulceration by redistributing the pressure of the body’s weight on the feet

Orthoses also help with rehabilitation  of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprain and stress fractures, by providing consistent postural control.

Designing  a care plan for orthoses .

If orthoses are recommended, your podiatrist will design a care plan, this plan will  outline your diagnosis, the type of  orthoses you have been prescribed, proposed footwear to wear with your orthoses, lifestyle changes you may need to make, as well as any additional treatment which may be required .

What type of orthoses

Cushioning orthoses

Provide cushioning and padding underfoot with shock absorption during walking .

Pressure relief

Orthoses offer additional relief by redistributing the pressure on  problem areas of the foot.

Moulded cast or non cast orthoses

Offer similar features with superior fit, whilst prefabricated orthoses provide relief with the benefits of being customised by your podiatrist.

Functional foot ( customized kinetic)

Orthoses offer all these features, plus the benefit of postural realignment.

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Podiatrists at Wide Bay Podiatry  are primary health care practitioners for disorders of the foot and lower leg, dealing not only with diagnosis and treatment, but also prevention and rehabilitation.  When  prescribing orthoses , your podiatrist provides a comprehensive service to ensure safe and effective foot care, including:

  • A full clinical assessment of your foot problem prior to prescription.
  • Prescription of orthoses tailored to individual needs.
  • Provision of any additional treatment required.
  • Advice regarding  exercises, footwear and training methods where relevant
  • Complete control over prescribing , making and fitting your orthoses.
  • Comprehensive follow up initial and ongoing  treatment plan.
  • Fine tuning or correction of any problems experienced in wearing the orthoses.


Many Australians are being brought to their Knees by  Heel Pain

The  Australian Podiatry Council said during  foot health week in  1998.

And since then this statement has not changed .

While heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, it appears that  a large number of people are not seeking help for their heel pain, and possibly this is due to not knowing where to turn for  help .

Who’s most at risk ?

“ Heel pain strikes most frequently in middle aged men and women , but also in those who take part in regular sporting activities and regularly on their feet.  Heel pain can also occur in children, usually between 8 and 13 , especially if they are involved in  regular sporting activity.

While heel pain has many causes , it is usually the result of a biomechanical imbalance ( abnormalities in the way we walk), too much stress on the heel bone  and the tissues  attached to it ,or complications from certain systemic diseases such as  arthritis and diabetes.

Podiatrists use a range of methods to  treat heel pain, including exercise and shoe recommendations, orthoses, taping or strapping  and manual therapies.  Most heel pain can be effectively treated without surgery.


Shoes for Children

Both the size and the shape of your child’s feet change quickly during the first year of life.  Because baby’s feet are flexible, too much pressure and strain  can affect the shape of the foot. To ensure normal growth , allow your baby to kick and stretch his or her feet. Also make sure that shoes and socks do not restrict  movement.

Talk to us if you are concerned about your baby’s feet.  Many infants have feet that appear to turn in. this may worry you , but it is rarely an issue. The shape of the foot changes as  your child grows , however if they are still  turning in after they are walking make an appointment to talk to us and  put your mind at ease.

Your toddler will walk when he or she is ready. Try not to force the issue.  Instead, watch your child’s gait once she or he begins to walk. Does the toe touch down  instead of the heel?  Does your child always sit while others play actively? If so  come to see us . If your toddler’s feet are flat, and floppy – don’t worry this is usually normal. Also many toddlers toe-in , but most grow out of the problem , call us for peace of mind.

The foot’s bone structure is pretty well formed by the time your child reaches age 7 or 8 . But  if the growth plate ( the area where bone growth begins) is injured, the damaged plate may cause the bone to grow oddly.  With a podiatrists care, however, the risk of future problems may be reduced .

 1_dcfcd2de-a7b2-4756-9fa8-0475db564cfe   If the shoe fits   

If your child’s feet grow correctly foot problems are less likely later in life, For healthier young feet , be sure  your child’s shoes fit. Outline your child’s foot when he or she is standing . Place the shoe over the drawing  and see if the shoe is big enough to hold the foot comfortably.


Working Feet

Walking , running ,jumping – places greater physical demands on the body than normal day- to – day activities.  While running, your feet can absorb up to 3 to 8  times your body weight.  Not surprisingly, injuries to the foot and lower limb make up a large proportion of sporting  injuries.  Podiatrists understand the structure and movement of the foot: therefore, they can diagnose foot conditions, recommend  appropriate footwear and training regimens . come make an appointment with us .

Children’s feet are still forming and are quite fragile. They can be easily damaged , uneven shoe wear , skin rashes , lumps and bumps on the feet : pain in the legs or feet ; frequent tripping and falling are signs of potential problems, act now for peace of mind  we are only a call away.

Working feet can cover as many as 24 kilometres in a day as well as absorbing heavy loads associated with walking , lifting ,running  and  jumping on and off machinery or in and out of cars. Nearly 20% of all workplace  injury claims relate to injuries to the feet and toes and research has shown that workplace foot problems  including those related to ill – fitting  or inappropriate footwear are common .
By the time we reach the age of 50 , our feet have covered 86,000 kilometres, making them more prone to injury and disease.

Clinical studies show  that by 50. We are 80% more likely to develop arthritis in the foot and ankle as well as being 100% more likely to develop toe and joint deformities .

In almost every workplace, there is a risk of trips , slips and falls , or objects falling or rolling onto  feet . Be aware of foot hazards and use foot safe  work practices

Walking is, in Execution, a Business most Precarious

In order to initiate momentum one leans forward toward the object of one’s desire, past the point of reasonably dignified recovery, till a minutely moderated balance long maintained is lost in favor of a fresh forward-falling momentum.

But to allow that to continue would end quite unseemly, so our plunge we arrest, (but only a little!) by precisely placing a single stalk: into our futures and toward our desire, a managed ongoing horizontal fall, interrupted by compensating periodic deceleration.

All of which can only lead to the question: what if we walked into love?

–  Matt Howell

*Used with permission