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When are orthoses used?

Orthoses are prescribed by your Podiatrist following a comprehensive biomechanical assessment that involves assessing the range of motion, strength, gait and foot structure and function tests.  Once this thorough assessment has been performed, and the Podiatrist has found that there are structural and functional abnormalities that are affecting the client’s foot health and comfort, then your Podiatrist will recommend the right orthotic option, ensuring they are taking into account your footwear, occupation and lifestyle factors.

Accommodative Orthoses can be prescribed by your Podiatrist as a preventive measure in the treatment of corns, callouses, and ulcers.  These orthoses function by redistributing pressure through the foot to ensure these areas are no longer susceptible to undue pressure and stress.


Orthoses are also commonly used in both acute and chronic foot and lower limb conditions to help rehabilitate and prevent further injury.  They realign the foot closer to its optimal position for your body to function more efficiently and effectively.

Orthoses can be used for a variety of conditions including:

  • PF/heel pain
  • Achilles tendonitis/tendinopathy
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis
  • Patella femoral pain
  • Medial knee pain
  • Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome/anterior shin pain)
  • Posterior tibialis dysfunction
  • Peroneal pain
  • Ankle instability/pain – in particular, lateral and anterior joint pain
  • Stress fractures
  • Dorsal foot pain (pain at the top of the foot)
  • Intermetatarsal bursitis and pain in the balls of the feet
  • Morton neuroma
  • Bunion/1st metatarsophalangeal pain
  • Callous and corn formation
  • Lower back pain if foot function is a contributing factor
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Pain in children

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