What are functional orthotics?
They are corrective biomechanical devices that replace a shoes sock liner or insole for the purpose of controlling foot motion or padding and supporting a portion of the foot. Functional orthotics can help alleviate symptoms and allow normal recovery from a wide variety of biomechanical conditions. Orthotics do this by dispersing forces or by wedging the inside or outside of the orthotic to control or reduce motion, such as over-pronation for example Most who wear orthotics for sports will wear an orthotic that is designed to limit a biomechanical motion, usually excessive pronation.
Functional orthotics are prescribed based on a detailed examination and evaluation of the patients walking or running gait, and footwear. The characteristics of the orthotic such as the flexibility/rigidity, cushioning and degree of correction are determined based on a combination of the patients activity or sport, foot wear, and the examination findings.
Why orthotics at BIM?
Dr. Forcum has lectured on biomechanics internationally for over 20 years, and has written chapter and medical text on injuries related to this region. As such, Back in Motion Sports Injuries Clinic is on the cutting edge of functional foot orthotics and proper footwear. Back in Motion has access to several different orthotic lab manufacturers with hundreds of variations in orthotic devices to be able to prescribe just the right combination with tweaks and turns to fit your foot and manage your biomechanics.
Back in Motion was the first clinic on the West Coast to utilize the Envisic scanner which is the latest technology allowing for a three-dimensional image of the foot in a wide array of clinically appropriate positions from weightbearing to nonweightbearing. An advantage to this system is multifold including the following:
- A very high level of contoured specificity
- The ability to start production instantaneously
- More environmentally friendly production process
- Images are stored so a second pair, or replacing a lost or stolen orthotic can be ordered with out re-casting.
- Provides built-in queuing to eliminate any type of casting error
In addition to the other advantages, the Envisic scanning system saves the patient time and money as the scans can usually be performed within the same visit as the examination. In the past casting procedures would require an additional appointment for the time-consuming and messy plaster casting techniques.
Common conditions foot orthotics are prescribed for:
- Foot Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonosis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Distal iliotibial band syndrome
- Patellofemoral tracking syndrome
- Medial collateral ligament sprain
- Patellar tendonosis
- Hip pain
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Proximal iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Piriformis syndrome
- Low back pain
How long will they last?
Most orthotics will last approximately five years. Soft devices may only last for 1-2 years