There are many treatment tools available to help physiotherapists provide patients with relief from pain and recovery from injury. When used correctly, these can play an important role in your treatment program and enhance the results you achieve.
Custom foot orthotics and custom knee braces help individuals correct issues that contribute to pain and increase the risk of injury. Understanding each will help you determine when you need them and which option is best for you.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom foot orthotics are specifically designed for your feet to help correct any alignment or developmental issues.
Focus Physiotherapy uses orthotics to help patients correct alignment issues and redistribute the forces through the knees, hips, and spine.
When the bones move out of their proper alignment, stress is placed on the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This causes tissues to become stretched over time and leads to faulty movement patterns and other issues.
Custom foot orthotics restore proper alignment and function while improving the biomechanics of the foot, ankle, knees, and hips. This increases movement efficiency and makes the joints more stable.
The following are cases where custom foot orthotics can be beneficial:
- Foot, knee, or back pain
- Long-distance running
Custom Knee Braces
Custom knee braces help Focus Physiotherapy patients overcome issues related to knee pain. Knee braces provide the necessary structural support to improve daily function and provide lasting pain relief.
Knee braces are typically used in cases where patients have torn their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is an important stabilizer of the knee joint. Using a knee brace can aid in the recovery process while protecting the knee from additional trauma.
There are a variety of knee braces available, including functional, rehabilitative, and prophylactic braces. Your physiotherapist can determine which one is right for your needs.
Getting Better Results From Foot Orthotics And Knee Braces
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which orthotics and braces are right for your physiotherapy program. Your physiotherapist must identify the tissues that have been injured and the movement or trauma that resulted in the injury.
This will help you determine which type of brace will provide the support and pain relief you need. Also, orthotics must be customized to fit your foot to make the specific corrections that bring your foot and ankle into the proper alignment.
Physiotherapy solutions must be customized to the needs of each patient. This helps you and your physiotherapist develop a program that will provide the greatest results.
If you’d like to learn more about how custom orthotics and knee braces can help you overcome chronic pain and recover from injury, contact Focus Physiotherapy today.