What are functional orthotics? They are corrective biomechanical devices that replaced 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 form a wide variety of biomechanical conditions. Orthotics do this by dispersing forces or by wedging the inside or outside of the orthotic to control the rate or degree of motion, such as over pronation.
Functional orthotics are prescribed based on a detailed physical examination and evaluation of the patients walking or running gait. The type of orthotics and method of casting will vary based on the exam findings. The characteristics of the orthotic such as the flexibility/rigidity, cushioning and degree of correction are determined based on the patients activity or sport, footwear, and the examination findings.
Common conditions foot orthotics are prescribed for:
Dr Forcum can generate a lightweight flexible in shoe heat molded Formthotics orthotic that a patients can walk out of the office with the same day, He was also the first West coast doctors to have an Envisic 3-D laser scanner to produce a topographical map images of the foot in exactly the desired position. While more costly, these scanned orthotics can be made out of a wider variety of materials. However production can take 2-4 weeks.