Foot orthoses are widely used to manage a variety of foot conditions from overpronation and fallen arches to plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain. The research evidence points too they usually are pretty good at helping a lot of the conditions as long as they are indicated for that problem, Foot orthoses generally get used to support the foot, when support of the foot could have absolutely nothing to do with the problem that the individual may have. This can lead to them being misused and improperly blamed for treatment failures. Another issue is that there are many different types of foot orthotics as well as within every type of foot orthotic, there is an just about infinite variance in the design features which can be included in them. If even one of those design features is not really suitable for the person, then the likelihood of that foot orthotic helping is potentially reduced. This is the reason selecting the different designs is really dependant on the expertise and experience of the medical professional.
The medical professional will choose the design features needed for the individual and if the device needs to be custom made for the individual or if a pre-made cheaper foot orthotic can be used. In relation to custom made orthoses, the clinician needs to take a plaster cast or laser scan of the foot kept in specific positions for the foot orthotic to be made on. When it comes to the style of the device various elements are looked at. For example, if the patient has adult acquired flat foot, then something like a MOSI type foot orthotic is necessary. The MOSI has unique modifications to handle the variety of problems that occur in that disorder. When the concern is linked to a lack of shock absorption, then the orthotic is required to be made to accommodate that. The range of choices is endless and is determined by the condition present and the experience of the treating podiatrist.