By definition, a functional foot orthotic is a device that is contoured to the entire foot and used to reduce abnormal motion or abnormal position of the foot. A functional foot orthoses is also used to control the abnormal motion or abnormal position of the lower extremity that is affected by the position and/or motion of the foot.
Custom functional foot orthotics are essentially shoe inserts that may be prescribed by your Podiatrist or any other health professional with a background in biomechanics. They are specifically designed devices that are worn inside the shoe to control abnormal foot function and/or accommodate painful areas of the foot. They can provide stability for the foot and correct injury-causing imbalances.
This may result in a dramatic improvement in foot symptoms and efficiency. Other arch supports and insoles may be considered foot orthotic devices, however, they do not have the same corrective properties as a functional foot orthotic. In order for us at Sole Motion to prescribe a functional foot orthotic, we must take a medical evaluation and perform a comprehensive biomechanical examination. It is important for our team to take angles of measurement, including structural and functional discrepancies in leg length, ranges of joint motion and evaluation of muscle activity.
In proportion to the treatment plan, the goal will be to ultimately retrain the feet to return to their original function. With the consideration of functional orthotics, they will be used as an intervention to assist in redistributing forces so that tissue stress and injuries are reduced & alleviated and management of improved foot function is the goal. We believe in retraining the intrinsic foot muscles to perform optimally with the aid of the functional orthotic until such times when they will no longer be required.