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  • Foot Biomechanics and Orthoses

    Types and Uses of Foot Orthoses

    Podiatrists are professional foot care specialists. They can offer a great deal of help both in preventative foot care medicine, as well as in the treatment of many foot conditions. One of the treatments often recommended by them is orthosis, a device that aids in the biomechanics of the feet.

    Orthosis is the technical name for devices that are specially designed to correct problems of the feet and lower extremities. There can be many foot conditions that warrant the need for this type of device.

    When to Use Orthoses

    When the body is not properly aligned because of certain foot problems, then special devices can be customised to address the issue.

    Some individuals are born with feet deformities; and wearing orthoses helps to relieve the pain and correct the condition.

    Foot injuries from sports and other activities require the prompt attention of a Podiatrist. Sometimes treatment involves the use of orthosis to give support to the injured area during the healing process.

    Many foot conditions affect mobility. In these cases, the right orthosis will help the patient gain their mobility back.

    Types of Orthosis

    There are different types of orthosis that can be used depending on the nature of the problem.

    For individuals who are dealing with foot, leg or posture problems, the Podiatrist may rely on foot orthoses to help correct the problem. There are also ankle knee orthoses to help correct other problems that are still related to or having a direct effect on the feet.

    Sometimes, when dealing with a crack or fracture, an orthosis may be used following the application of a cast.

    Any individual that is having problems with their feet or lower legs should see a podiatrist to get proper treatment. A professional will prescribe an orthosis when needed and monitor the progress or improvement with its use. Podiatrists work closely with many other healthcare professionals to provide total care for patients who may have potential foot and lower leg problems.