What to expect when you’re being fitted for orthotics | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

The Podiatrist uses foot orthotics to treat all sorts of lower limb problems

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.



About Your feet and podiatry with Caron Orelowitz | Registered Podiatrist - Auckland

Caron Orelowitz was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. She studied Podiatry at The Witwatersrand Technikon and was in private practice in South Africa for a few years, before setting off to ‘the other side of the world’. Auckland Podiatry. Since 1998 she has been helping people of all ages who have problems with their feet, from the elderly, to sports people, and those who just want some TLC for the feet. At present she has 5 practices (with a satellite Diabetes Practice out West Auckland), owns a children’s shoe shop (Scooters in Remuera), and tries to fit in some exercise when time permits. Caron is an active member of Podiatry New Zealand (NZ), and holds the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch, as well as representing the Northern Region on the Executive Council. She is registered under HPCAA (Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act), and is often seen attending (and organizing) Seminars and workshops. Caron has a special interest in Paediatrics and can often be seen on the floor showing children some exercises. ACC registered Discounts for Super Gold Card Holders, members of Grey Power and Green Prescription participants. www.thepodiatrist.co.nz www.yourfeet.co.nz

Posted on December 5, 2013, in Contact a Podiatrist, What is a Podiatrist and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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