Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. They are commonly referred to as “orthotics” and fit comfortably inside your shoes.
Orthoses are often prescribed for particular foot problems after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account the individual’s own biomechanics, footwear, and occupational and lifestyle factors.
Orthoses can provide long-term solutions in the treatment and prevention of many foot and lower limb conditions and aid in the rehabilitation of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonopathy, recurrent ankle sprains and stress fractures, by providing consistent postural control.
Orthoses come in various shapes and sizes depending on their intended use and the conditions they are designed to treat. They can be to provide cushioning to enhance shock absorption, aid pressure relief by redistributing pressure on the sole of the foot, or functional (customised kinetic) orthoses to achieve postural alignment.