Orthotics is the evaluation and fabrication of customized orthoses or orthopedic braces. It's a practice that requires a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biomechanics, and engineering. The devices work to modify targeted characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems.
Technically, the development of orthotics extends to the whole body. In other words, there are custom devices made for back problems as well as devices made to treat sports injuries to major joint and other parts of the human body. At Glenoaks Podiatry Group, however; the focus is on your feet, ankles, and lower extremities. The doctors and staff construct orthoses to support the feet, for example, by designing a specialized insert that goes into your shoe to provide heel support. The doctors might construct a customized brace to stabilize the foot or ankle after surgery, as well.
It depends on the location and reason for the orthotics. No two patients are alike, so each one must be custom designed. Generally speaking, the process might look something like this:
Patient education is just as important as the device. The use of customized orthoses is usually accompanied by key stretches and exercises to help rehab the area.
These devices provide support in a variety of ways. For example:
The ultimate goal is to improve mobility and reduce pain.
Orthotics are used in a variety of medical disciplines. At Glenoaks Podiatry Group, they might be part of the care plan for conditions like:
Any time the podiatrist thinks a supportive device can improve a patient's condition, he will design a custom one based on that patient's unique medical needs.
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