Provided By Dr. Cruickshank
What are prescription orthotics?
Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes- they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. Orthotics fit into your shoes comfortably as an insole but they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
How do they help?
Properly made orthotics are custom molded to the support requirements of your feet. They help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities. Orthotics can gently reduce problems associated with pressure points, muscle strain and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Over time orthotics, in conjunction with your prescribed treatment plan, can bring you relief from fatigue and pain, allowing you to enjoy your daily activities comfortably.
What types of conditions can orthotics help with?
Orthotics may be helpful if you experience localized foot pain, bunions/hammer toes, arch/heel pain, leg/knee pain and hip/back pain. Orthotics may be helpful when altered biomechanics lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonosis, shin splints, patella-femoral syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome and low-back pain.
How are orthotics prescribed at The Natural Way Health Clinic?
All patients undergo a history and physical examination to determine if custom orthotics would be suitable in the management of their condition. Once suitability is determined, foam casts are taken of the patient’s feet and the casts along with the examination findings and recommendations of the doctor are used in the manufacturing of the orthotics.