Orthotics is a term used to describe a modified shoes insole designed to treat various foot conditions by offloading pressure from painful areas of the foot, aid in correcting your posture or any biomechanical abnormalities. 


Some of the common conditions treated with orthotics are plantar fasciitis, bunions, flat feet, bursitis, neuroma, achilles tendinopathy.

How does it work ?

The orthotics once placed in a shoe provide support, improve, or correct your foot posture and aid in addressing your foot pathology. Its main function is to correct biomechanical abnormalities whilst also offloading pressure from painful areas.

Types of Orthotics

There are “generic” types of orthotics that you can get from the Chemist – these orthotics are designed to provide added general support and aid in alleviating pain. 

There are also “custom-made” orthotics, which as the name suggests are prescription-based orthotics designed to suit a particular individual’s need for support / biomechanics correction. 

How are custom foot orthotics made?

Your podiatrist will assess your foot weight bearing and non-weight bearing including visual gait analysis. A cast of your foot is then obtained in the non-weight bearing position. A specific prescription to your foot type is designed, which is then sent to the orthotic laboratory.


Depending on which condition you have the specific design or feature of the device will aid you in providing the best treatment outcome. However, Orthotics alone, whether it be the generic ones or custom-made ones, may not achieve the best possible outcome. 

Your podiatrist can guide you on additional interventions such as footwear change, exercises and in more extreme cases even medications.

For more information and an assessment, please contact us.