Custom Orthotics at Newport Health Care

What is an orthotic?shapeimage_4

An ‘orthotic’ is a support that fits into your shoe, or is a shoe itself, designed to restore your natural foot balance and function. Many problems such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function and balance. Orthotics re-align the foot and anklebones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body, especially the low back.

In addition, orthotics give a more even weight distribution, taking pressure of sore spots like the heel of the foot, corns in between toes, bunions, etc, and they also provide shock absorption.

Who needs custom orthotics?

Orthotics benefit people with foot pain or discomfort due to walking imbalance. Imbalances such as flat feet, heel pain, knee pain, hip pain and shin pain are known to cause pain and discomfort.

Can you wear the orthotics during all daily activities?

People who stand or walk all day will benefit from orthotics.

If you suffer from pain during any form of sporting exercise then orthotics can reduce the pain associated with your condition.

For overweight individuals, orthotics will help to counteract the extra stress being placed on the feet.

What specific conditions may be helped?

  • Arch Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Pronation
  • Top of the foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Corns
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Flat Feet
  • Neuroma
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Shin Pain
  • Toe Pain

droppedImageDo I need a physician’s prescription to get custom orthotics?
Dr. Tomlin can determine if you require orthotics and fit you for them.  Custom orthoticsare especially  molded to your feet. An exact impression of your foot is taken by the doctor and then sent off to be manufactured to the exact needs of your feet.

Why do I need orthotics?
Imbalances of the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion (over pronation). This can impair foot function which can result in abnormal rotation of the legs and sometimes affects the knees, hips or back. If we combine these tremendous forces with the need for precise balance, we can see how small structural changes in the foot can make significant differences. Orthotics help to improve those structural changes.

How long will my Foot Orthotic Last?
Usually between 12 to 18 months.

Does it take time to get used to orthotics?
Your feet need time to adjust to the correct biomechanical (walking) position. Orthotics should be gradually used to begin with. During the first 48 hours of use, use the orthotics for approximately 3-4 hours. After this period of time it is recommended you use the orthotics for 6-8 hours. In the second week of use the orthotics can be utilized all day.