Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support, align, or improve the function of the foot. They are also often commonly referred to as ‘orthotics’. Orthoses fit comfortably inside your shoes.
There are many different kinds of orthoses. The orthoses recommended by your podiatrist are prescription devices, custom – made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves).
People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower leg problems wear orthoses. Sports people are often prescribed orthoses by their podiatrist to help maximise their performance, as well as to address mechanical problems. Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition, which is limiting their mobility or independence, may benefit from wearing orthoses.
Your podiatrist may prescribe orthoses for your particular foot problem after a comprehensive assessment, taking into account your own biomechanics, footwear, occupational and lifestyle factors.