What Are Orthotic Insoles?

What are Orthotics?

Patients ask every day ‘what are orthotic insoles?’. Many patients tell our expert podiatrist here in Camden that they need orthotics, but can’t often elaborate on their reason as to why they need orthotics. They have been told by other medical professionals that they will help their foot pain, or make their shoes more comfortable.

What does an Orthotic do?

With so many different orthotic insoles on the market now for consumers, how do you know what is the right orthotic for you? Is the orthotic the Physiotherapist gives you better than the orthotic your Chiropractor gives you? What about any of the hundred innersoles that exist in the chemist, sports stores or local Woolworths.  The answer to this question is far more complex than a simple “yes” or “no”.

If you have asked any of these questions before, or scoured the internet for an “orthotic”, it might be the right time to book in and see your local podiatrist to further assess you clinically. Just because you have pain doesn’t mean you require an orthotic to help reduce the pain. Do orthotics work?

The foot is a complex, busy combination of moving bones, tendons and muscles that help you get from A to B. Sticking the wrong piece of plastic under your foot, or an incorrectly designed innersole can actually be quite dangerous and very painful.

The biomechanics of your foot, ankle, knee and hips are extremely complex. Any health professional should not attempt to shift, prescribe or control your gait cycle without a thorough clinical examination. Here in Camden, our expert podiatrist’s assessments will range from 40 minutes to over an hour to grasp and understand the way your body moves, relative to the complaint you may have. Reform Podiatry’s expert clinician routinely prescribes therapeutically beneficial orthotics due to his thorough understanding of:

  • Lower limb anatomy
  • Pathology
  • Kinesiology
  • Gait analysis
  • The steps and process behind a custom orthotic

Are there any alternatives to Orthotics?

Many problems are “treatable” with an orthotic, however that is not always best practice. Once you have visited our clinic in Camden, explained your complaint and had your biomechanics thoroughly assessed we will diagnose your problem. Many alternative treatment options to orthotic include:

  • Taping
  • Strength and conditioning program
  • Stretching program
  • Dry needling
  • Shock wave therapy
  • Rest
  • Orthotic thongs
  • Orthotic shoes

And only once an expert podiatrist has clinically examined you, will you know the best way to treat your problem. Clinically I have heard many “horror” stories where my patients have been “sold” an orthotic from another health professional. Our promise to you in our Camden clinic is that you will have an honest, ethical consult with all treatment options presented to you to help effectively treat your consult. We promise to be transparent with advice and empathetic to all patient situations and needs.

What conditions are Orthotics used to treat?


If you have any questions, queries or concerns book in an appointment with our friendly podiatrist.

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