Orthotics can be a great option for those who suffer from chronic pain, poor posture, or poor alignment. By providing support and alignment for the body, these devices can help to improve mobility and reduce pain. But when do orthotics make sense for patients? This can be a difficult decision to make, as the right device depends on the individual patient and the condition they are trying to treat. It is important to understand the potential benefits of different types of orthotics, as well as the risks, so that an informed decision can be made. With the right information, a patient can determine whether orthotics make sense for them.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are special devices that are worn around the lower legs, knees, or feet to treat a medical condition or improve physical performance. There are many different types of orthotic devices, which are designed for different parts of the body and different conditions the devices can treat. Examples of common orthotics include knee braces, knee sleeves, knee-high compression stockings, arch supports, plantar fasciitis supports, and ankle braces. These are not the same as braces used by orthodontics patients during their treatment. They are designed to support the body and treat specific conditions and diseases, while braces are designed to correct teeth alignment.
Determining If Orthotics Are Right For You
Orthotics are helpful for many different conditions, but they can also have some risks. A physical therapist can help a patient determine whether they are a good candidate for orthotics. The therapist will ask the patient about their condition, mobility, and pain level, and will perform a physical exam to determine if an orthotic device would be helpful. Some things to keep in mind when determining if orthotics are right for you include:
• Age – Orthotics designed for younger people may need to be modified for older patients.
• Injury type – Orthotics can help to prevent re-injury and heal existing injuries, but they should not be used for those with severe injuries.
• Activity levels – Orthotics are not designed for high-intensity activities like running, jumping, or contact sports.
• Overall health – Orthotics can help support weak or injured joints, but they shouldn’t be used with serious medical conditions.
• Medical conditions/diseases – Some orthotic devices can aggravate certain conditions, so it is important to consult with a doctor to see if they are right for you.
Orthotics are especially helpful for those with weak or injured joints, poor posture, or joint pain. A physical therapist can help a patient determine if an orthotic device is right for them, taking into account their age and activity level, injury type, overall health, and medical conditions. With the right device, patients can benefit from improved mobility, posture, comfort, and athletic performance.