What Are Custom Orthotics?
A custom orthotic is a prescribed removable corrective device that is placed in your shoes to hold your foot in the proper position. This allows the joints, muscles and ligaments of your feet to function closer to their normal limits, so that your feet and lower leg can move more efficiently. Custom foot orthotics, also known as insoles, are used to alleviate pain and discomfort in the feet and the lower leg, caused by abnormal foot function or structure.
Custom orthotics are made from a three-dimensional plaster cast of your feet after a biomechanical examination, stance and gait analysis is performed. Just like prescription eye glasses, custom made orthotics come in different materials (soft & hard), styles, shapes and corrections.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only regulated health professionals whose legislated scope of practice includes the provision of orthotics.
How Are Custom Orthotics Made?
Custom orthotics are not just a ’piece of plastic’. Making a pair of truly custom-made orthotics is an involved, multi-step process where attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the biomechanics and fabrication processes come together.
This video explains the process of making custom orthotics: