Ultimately, a Podiatry assessment is necessary to determine if you need orthotics. However, if you have pain in your feet, legs, hips or lower back, then you may need orthotics and it would be recommended that you see a Podiatrist.
Foot orthotics work by supporting and improving alignment of the feet, which promotes better posture and can also relieve pain further up the body.
Without support, feet will often roll in (flat feet) or out (high arches), which causes uneven weight-bearing through the feet. This uneven weight-bearing and misalignment of joints can result in pain not only in the feet and legs but also higher up the body in the hips and lower back.
There are a range of orthotics available, but custom foot orthotics (also known as total contact orthotics) are the most effective at hugging the arches of the feet. Custom foot orthotics are custom made to suit your individual foot, evenly distributing weight bearing forces across the whole foot.