For many years now, orthotics in Adelaide have been used for correcting deformities of the foot. As more research is directed towards rehabilitating certain skeletal conditions, the need for orthotics in Adelaide has also grown significantly over the last few years. The use of orthotics is not limited to those with foot deformities, as they are used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. For example, arch supports are commonly prescribed by orthotic specialists in order to treat both high and low arch conditions in patients. Patients may also require orthotics for specific reasons, such as being too narrow for their foot size or being over-pronated (toward the toes).
While the first forms of foot orthotics were not developed in Australia, there is evidence of their widespread use across the world over the last couple of decades. At the same time, it has become increasingly apparent that many people living in Adelaide have adapted the use of foot orthotics to allow them to enjoy an active lifestyle without the pain and restriction of traditional boots and shoes. This is not surprising given that the first podiatrists in the city (notably Dr Peter Karels) saw the need for foot care in the late 1800s. Although podiatrist practices in other areas of the country have developed the use of modern technology to build orthoses to a higher standard, in Adelaide they continue to follow a hands-on approach that emphasises the principle of self-treatment using simple and traditional methods that have been used successfully for hundreds of years.
As with any medical treatment plan, the key to long-term success is making patients aware of the condition they suffer from and the need to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their needs. Foot orthotics in Adelaide come in a variety of forms, depending on the problem being addressed. This includes the traditional needling method, where small metal needles are used to realign the bones in the feet. Alternately, arthroscopic treatment involves an incision in the back of the foot, allowing for greater accuracy with sizing and shaping.
In the case of plantar fasciitis, the arch of the foot becomes inflamed due to a lack of shock absorber in the ankle. For this condition, orthotics are usually needed to provide increased arch support and orthotic inserts that help stop the pain developing in the heel or arch. Other conditions such as bunions can be treated through orthotics for ankles as well as foot orthotics for the whole foot.
Finally, it is important to recognise that although orthotics can relieve pain and prevent injury to the foot, they cannot resolve any underlying conditions. So, whilst orthotics do provide relief from pain and restriction of movement in affected areas, they will have no effect on any damage to bones in the foot. This is why it is advisable to maintain regular exercise, watch your weight and take care when using any device. By following these considerations, the correct type of orthotics in Adelaide will be able to work best to provide you with maximum comfort and orthopedic benefit at all times.