Functional foot orthosis/orthotic treats biomechanical issues such as plantar fasciitis, hyper-pronation, types of tendonitis and other conditions of the foot that cause pain or overuse of certain planes of the foot or muscles and tendons. Functional foot orthosis is used both as a preventative treatment and post-injury treatment.

What specific conditions may be helped?

Many walking complaints such as heel, knee, and lower back pain can be caused by poor foot function. Orthotics aids in stabilizing the foot and ankle bones for a more neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn, this helps reduce mechanical problems in other parts of the body by creating a more even weight distribution and taking pressure off of sore spots. They can also provide shock absorption. Imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs, foot orthotics may reduce posture problems that often lead to low back, foot and leg pain.

How long will my Foot Orthotic Last?

There are some that suggest they should last between 12 to 18 months, but it is ultimately dependent upon usage.

How long does it take to get used to my orthotics?

Your feet need time to adjust to the correct foot strike position. Orthotics should be used gradually to begin with. During the first 48 hours of use, the orthotics may be worn for approximately three to four hours. After this period of time, it is recommended you use the orthotics for six to eight hours. In the second week of use the orthotics can be utilized all day. During the initial few days of wearing orthotics, you may be able to reduce some of the physical irritation by rolling a tennis ball under your feet after wearing the orthotics.

Do I have to be a patient to purchase orthotics?

The answer is no, but being a patient first is always recommended. Give us a call if you’re struggling with plantar fasciitis or have any back pain due to foot conditions.