Orthotics are the devices we use to realign feet so that they are able to perform more effectively.
Babies with normal feet and legs go though developmental changes to adulthood. Sometimes, because of accidents or inherited tendencies, they may not develop in a normal way.
To work normally the foot and leg must have particular ranges of movement and sit in proper alignment to the rest of the body, so that weight is transferred in a particular way through the weight bearing foot. If this does not happen the body is forced to accommodate these abnormalities by making' compensatory movements. These movements create abnormal forces through the feet and legs causing pain. Just as glasses are used for eyes Prescription Orthoses are used to help feet perform better, reducing trauma and pain.
Podiatrists at Complete Feet Podiatry are skilled in this area and are able to prescribe orthoses to treat your pain.
Cases where they may be used are:
- Painful feet and knees in children,
- Sports injuries e.g. repetitive ankle sprains, shin splints, torn plantar fascia, knee injuries etc
- Inherited abnormalities,
- Industrial and other accidents where talented surgeons have repaired broken feet but movement is compromised,
- Arthritic feet, unstable feet in older people.
- To reduce hip, low back, knee pain and sports injuries .
- They are often used in treating diabetic feet to treat and or prevent ulcers.
- They can be used to prevent deformities such as bunions.
The podiatrists at Complete Feet Podiatry are experts in choosing which orthoses will be the most effective for your problem. It is not necessary for most patients to wear special "orthotic" footwear.
There are many different kinds of orthotics and it is also possible to make them so that they can be worn in high heeled fashion footwear. We refer to these as "Fashion" orthotics.
At Complete Feet Podiatry we use prescription devices only and no pre moulded or mass produced "orthotics" are used. The device is made by prescription using the information we obtain from your feet, legs and lifestyle.
Prescription orthoses are covered by most health funds in the extras area and can last from one to five years depending on type, patients condition and lifestyle.
When babies are newly born they are naturally bow legged and their feet are curved in a banana shape. As children mature and reach their developmental milestones their legs and feet twist and turn out into a more normal position. Abnormal development may leave the child with knock knees, bowed legs and or intoe (pigeon toes), out toe or "toe walkers".
Children will often complain of aching legs in bed after activity, this is often passed off as growing pains. Poor alignment such as bowed legs, knock knees, flat feet and other biomechanical problems resulting in muscle strain are usually the cause of such pain ,and this can be which can be resolved in a week with the right treatment.
The Podiatrist is able to diagnose and treat these children who can return to activity immediately.
Very small children age 3 to 4 yrs may want to be picked up or ride in a stroller and become irritable when walking normally acceptable distances, they may refer to their legs as being "tired" instead of "painful", these can also be diagnosed and easily treated.
Heel pain (Sever's Disease) mostly experienced by young boys and Osgood Schlatters (knee pain more commonly in young girls.
Any of these abnormalities can cause muscle strain and resultant "growing pains" which are usually experienced in bed at night after activity.
Some children appear to be "clumsy" and some with "in toe" trip over more than usual, all of these can be diagnosed and treated successfully by the podiatrist.
It is not necessary to wait for your child to "grow out of it" as prescription orthotic treatments are extremely effective.