Orthotics

Physiotherapists treat traumatic and overuse injuries of the lower extremities, foot deformities, as well as arthritic and diabetic foot disorders. Physiotherapy assessment for foot-related disorders includes evaluation of gait and lower extremity mechanics.

Improper foot mechanics can be addressed with mechanical support, such as a shoe orthotic. An orthotic can correct foot postures from within the shoe in the management of foot, ankle, knee, hip and back problems.

Sometimes 'temporary' orthotics or taping techniques are used to determine if a 'permanent' orthotic is indicated. Off-the-shelf supports might also be recommended.

Foot measurements and casting techniques provide impressions that are sent to a laboratory for fabrication of a custom orthotic.

Proper footwear to accommodate the orthotic may be recommended and exercises may be prescribed to address strength and mobility.