Orthotics is a specialised medical field that focuses on the study and design of orthotics Adelaide. An orthotic is “a fixed device that is used to change the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the skeletal and muscular system”. It is used to help correct joint problems, back pain, and knee pain in simple terms. Orthotics can be used for a variety of purposes. Some orthotics are designed for protection, while others are designed to improve movement and function.
The most common use of orthotics is to treat conditions that affect the soft tissues surrounding the joints. Some common conditions that are treated with prosthetic devices are bursitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically, an orthotic is custom-made to fit the patient and their specific needs, thus enabling the patient to use the prosthetic device comfortably and effectively.
People who wear prosthetic limbs are often surprised by how quickly they can regain use of their limbs. In most cases, patients report a faster recovery time after using orthotics Adelaide than after traditional treatments. One important factor that affects the speed of recovery is the level of detail provided by the orthotics. Good prosthetics allow the surgeon to create a “clean seam” where the prosthetic ends meet the human limb. A clean seam will also reduce irritation and infection.
Many people who have arthritis or mild lower back pain find that orthotics help relieve discomfort and increase flexibility. They can also correct deformities and correct structural abnormalities in feet and legs that contribute to pain and mobility. However, not all patients suffer from these conditions, and orthotics Adelaide do not always provide the best results. When this is the case, patients may want to consider undergoing surgery to replace a hip, foot or ankle. However, it’s important to realise that health insurance policies do not cover orthotics if surgery is deemed medically necessary.
Custom orthotics can come in several forms, including insoles for shoes, custom fit cushioned inserts for handbags, shoes and other items, and specially designed foot pillows. Orthotic inserts can also be purchased separately and specially made for each item of clothing. The orthotics most often purchased are custom-fit cushioned inserts for shoes, custom fit insoles for handbags and other items, and custom orthotics designed specifically for each patient. Most orthotic inserts are designed to conform to the foot’s natural curves and be comfortable and easy to use. Some orthotics are specifically designed to correct deformities in feet and legs that contribute to pain and disability.
Some people have high arches, which are a common deformity. They may have flat feet that are over-pronated, or they may have high arches with a ball-and-socket joint at the top. High arches can affect people of any age, although younger children and adults tend to be more likely to develop foot arthritis due to over-pronation. One orthotics that can be used for flat feet is the Ingersoll rand, which is designed to be worn underneath socks to redistribute body weight and thus redistribute pressure to the foot.