A great number of people with varying levels of foot discomfort or ailments have not taken advantage of the readily available solutions to their plight. Most have had to live with these conditions and the challenges they come with, and for no need. This is because they are either unaware of the role of podiatrists and the use of orthotics or are sceptical about using these very necessary tools.
What Are Orthotics?Orthotics are orthopedic devices applied to moveable parts of the body to regulate mobility. They are effective at addressing many causes of sore feet including tendonitis, synovitis, bursitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, calluses, dislocations, microfractures, and flat feet. There are two broad categories of orthotics: the soft and the rigid. The soft orthotics are made from compressible materials and provide cushioning. The rigid orthotics are made from materials like steel and plastic and are moulded to fit the specific foot disorder. Are Orthotics Necessary? That’s the million-dollar question. Other key questions on the minds of many include –
- When do I need orthotics?
- Do orthotics work?
- Can orthotics help me, and can orthotics help my child?