What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-designed shoe inserts that provide support, alignment, and cushioning for your feet. They are used to treat a variety of foot and lower limb conditions by correcting biomechanical issues and improving overall foot function. Orthotics can be either custom-made based on a foot assessment or pre-fabricated.

What Conditions Can Orthotics Treat?

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Bunions
  • Neuromas
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Shin splints


Yes, orthotics can help prevent foot problems by providing proper support and alignment, reducing stress on the feet, and improving overall foot function. Wearing orthotics can prevent the development of conditions like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other overuse injuries, especially if you have a history of foot problems or engage in activities that put extra strain on your feet.

Orthotics work by redistributing pressure across the foot, providing support to areas that need it, and correcting abnormal walking patterns. They help to align the foot and ankle, improve shock absorption, and reduce strain on the feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Custom orthotics are made based on a detailed assessment of your feet, which may include a physical examination, gait analysis, and sometimes imaging tests. A podiatrist or specialist will create a mold or digital scan of your feet, which is then used to manufacture orthotics that are tailored to your specific needs.

You should see a podiatrist if you experience persistent foot pain, discomfort, or any symptoms that interfere with your daily activities. A podiatrist can assess whether orthotics are appropriate for your condition and help you choose the right type. Regular follow-ups may also be necessary to ensure your orthotics are effective and properly fitted.