What to expect when you’re being fitted for orthotics | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz
Orthotics are often prescribed by Podiatrists to help treat pain in your lower back, legs or joints. The two most common types of orthotics are accommodative and functional, both of which can have a positive impact on your skeletal system. The former are built to better support your feet to help reduce stress on your joints, while the latter are designed to change the way your foot functions when you stand, walk or run.
If you’ve been prescribed orthotics, you may be wondering what to expect when you’re fitted for them. The Podiatrist will typically go through the following steps to help make sure your body gets exactly what it needs from your new orthotics:
1. Medical history and lifestyle analysis: The Podiatrist will review your medical history, including any previous injuries, and also consider your lifestyle, including the activities you engage in and the different types of shoes you wear.
2. Exam: The Podiatrist will conduct a hands-on exam of your feet and lower limbs to analyze the structure of your foot, your range of motion, and identify any abnormalities. They will also analyze your gait by observing you walking or running. This will help determine any issues, such as whether you favour one leg over another, or whether you pronate etc
3. Casting: Taking a mould of your feet will help ensure that your orthotics are constructed exactly to the contours and shape of your foot. The Podiatrist may use techniques including traditional plaster of Paris casting from boxes to get an accurate representation of your feet.
The Podiatrist uses orthotics selectively to treat all sorts of foot, leg, and lower back problems among its patients. If you’re in pain and think orthotics may be the answer, contact The Podiatrist today.
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