Ankle joint and foot orthoses

Foot orthoses and foot supports relieve the strain on tendons and joints. They support the healing process and help people carry out movement patterns more effectively.

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Ankle joint and foot orthoses

Relief and stability

Your ankle joint connects your lower leg to your foot. So if you injure this joint or the adjacent tendons, it will not only be painful but will also severely restrict your mobility. Depending on your symptoms, you may need to wear a foot orthosis or foot support temporarily as part of therapy. In other cases, you may need to wear it permanently to relieve strain or stabilise joints, tendons or ligaments, or to increase your mobility.

What is a foot orthosis?

Orthoses are medical devices. They are prescribed by a doctor, who will typically consult an O&P professional to select the most suitable device. There are three main types of orthoses for ankle joints and feet: for stabilisation, for mobilisation and to relieve strain. These variants are specially designed to perform their respective purposes. Orthoses that are specially designed to relieve strain, for example, will often include functional elements such as joints that control, support and/or restrict movement. These orthoses are primarily prescribed as part of medical treatment. A foot orthosis impacts the entire locomotor system. For example, it can help to relieve shoulder or back pain resulting from postures users assume to avoid discomfort and can accelerate the healing process.

What is a foot support?

The primary function of a foot support is to stabilise the joint without restricting its range of motion. For this reason, supports are often worn not only during therapy but also afterwards for everyday activities, where they protect the joints and prevent injury. Unlike ankle and foot orthoses, supports are made of flexible material. However, the material is so finely meshed that the support fits very snugly. It stabilises the joint and also exerts compression on the area. Supports feature integrated pads on the inside and the outside. These anatomically shaped, elastic inserts have a massage effect that stimulates the tissue beneath.


Ottobock foot orthoses and supports

The illustrated products represent treatment examples. Many different factors determine whether a product is actually suitable for you and whether you are capable of taking full advantage of the functionality of the product. Key aspects include your physical condition, fitness and a detailed medical examination. Your doctor or O&P professional will also decide which treatment is best suited to you. We’re here to support you.


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