Around 50% of people have flat feet. The percentage is much higher if you are of Asian ethnicity - around 95%. This type of foot structure is disadvantageous because it does not provide adequate suspension. The body compensates by transferring the shock to your ankles, legs, knees, hips or lower back.
The underlying cause in approximately 70% of people who have lower back pain is malaligned feet.
80% of people will experience foot pain during their life time. People who have conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spur, periosteal bruising on the heel, nerve entrapment or neuroma, metarsalgia and bunions all benefit from orthotic therapy.
Even corns and callus are alleviated by orthotics because they prevent build-up of keratin due to re-distribution of pressure.
Knee pain usually indicated maltracking of the patella in the femoral groove and is often caused by excessive pronation. This can cause micro-trauma to the patella and degeneration of the articular surfaces of the knee. Abnormal patellofemoral joint alignment results result in pathologies such as medical compartment syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, meniscal pain etc.
Bowing of the tibia in combination with a flat foot gives a high Q angle. The higher the Q angle, the greater the probability of developing knee join symptoms.
Orthotic therapy is the most effective way of improving articulation of the knee joint. If you have knee pain and don't seek orthotic intervention you may well be on the path towards knee replacement surgery.
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There is a plethora of other conditions that strike athletes and sports people such as stress fractures, shin splints, bursitis, thrombophlebitis, tenosynovitis, synovial plicae, tendon and ligament rupture - e.g. ACL/PCL - sprains etc.
And many conditions of the lower limb that are unique to children such as many osteochondroses e.g. Osgood Schlatters Disease - all of which are improved or resolved by orthotic therapy.
Foot orthoses or orthotics are light weight, discrete in-shoe devices that are formed from plaster molds of your feet in the corrected position taken in your doctor's office.
There are several models of orthotics according to your foot structure, footwear and lifestyle.
Orthotics are prescribed to maximize performance and function, address pain symptoms and biomechanical problems and reduce incidence of injury. People of all ages benefit from wearing orthotics.
Orthotics support specific phases in the gait cycle – abnormal motion is controlled while normal motion is unrestricted. They support a flexible flat foot, reduce heel jarring which contributes to plantar fasciitis, heel spur and severs disease, and they reduce upper body compensatory problems – eg. shin splints, knee, hip and back pain.
Application of orthotic therapy is the most effective way of improving function. Orthotics can truly transform your life – athletes, kids, adults. Just about everyone can benefit from wearing orthotics.
We have been manufacturing state-of-the art orthotic insoles since 1997.
We make two types of orthotics:
- “Gold Standard” Orthopedic Grade Polypropylene – a thermoplastic polymer; the strongest sheet plastic available and the most widely used and accepted material in orthotic manufacture
- Ethyl Vinyl Acetate – a light synthetic rubber with excellent cushioning properties; ideal for sports people, the elderly and diabetic patients
There are limitless variations and combinations in orthotic design, density, modifications and materials. Prescription depends on patient requirements, activity and footwear.