Unlike prostheses, which are used to replace a limb or an organ, orthotic supports are used to improve the way a limb functions. In relation to the feet, orthotics can be used to correct particular conditions.
They take the form of soles that are placed in the shoes to ensure comfort while preventing complications that may result from running – or may simply be caused by walking. Many different types of orthotics are available, depending on the recommended treatment. Each sole is therefore made to measure following the podiatrists’ prescription in order to ensure that the patient’s needs are met.
Just like medicines, podiatric orthotics require fine tuning to ensure that therapy is effective. Only an experienced podiatrist can complete a rigorous biomechanical assessment that is fully adapted to your personal needs.