An orthotic is an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system – most often the foot and its arch. Medical practitioners that prescribe orthotics are skilled in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biomechanics, physics and engineering.

Orthotics are used to:

    • Restrict movement in a given direction
    • Assist movement generally
    • Reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
    • Aid rehabilitation from acute injury
    • Correct the shape and/or function of the foot in order to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
    • Prevent injury to vulnerable structures

Orthotics for the foot are used to treat the following conditions:

    • Pronation (flat feet)
    • Bunions
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Achilles problems
    • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints)
    • Ankle instabilities
    • Arthritis
    • Lower back pain
    • Knee pain
    • Neck pain

At our clinics, orthotics are prescribed after a careful assessment by either a chiropodist or chiropractor with special training in this area. Most extended healthcare benefit plans cover all or part of the cost of orthotics.

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