What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are customised insoles for your shoes that redistribute the forces in your feet when you walk. The goal of an orthotic is to enable you to walk without pain so you can get back to doing the things you love.
How are orthotics fitted?
First of all, the issue causing your pain must be identified. This investigation is carried out by your podiatrist. It is often referred to as a biomechanical assessment. It involves checking you lower limb alignment, range of motion in joints, muscle power and gait analysis.
A decision is then made based on these findings on whether you would benefit from orthotics or not. If it is evident that orthotics would be suitable to help treat your foot pain then a mold of your feet is taken. This mold with a prescription is sent to an orthotic manufacturer to be made.
Will my orthotics fit in my shoes?
Yes they will fit in your shoes. Please bring all your shoes to your biomechanical assessment appointment so an orthotic can be designed to suit you and your lifestyle. However, it is recommended to wear footwear with fastening on top of your foot so you can receive the optimal benefits from your device.
How long will my orthotics last?
The materials we choose to use for your orthotics have a long life, 10+years. However, over time your foot structure can change and this may lead to you requiring a new device. It is recommended that your feet and orthotics are reassessed at 4-5 year intervals. If you are experiencing foot pain, you may need to return to your podiatrist sooner.
What conditions are orthotics used to treat?
Orthotics can aid pain relief in a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions such as but not limited to:
- Leg length discrepancy
- Arch pain
- Forefoot pain
- Hallux Valgus/Bunions
- Hallux limitus
- Mortons Neuroma
- Heel pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome/ Shin Splints
- Medial Knee Osteoarthritis
- Sever’s Disease
- Cuboid Syndrome
- Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction/ Adult Acquired Flat Foot
- Calcaneal Nerve Entrapment
- Plantar Plate Tears
- Arthritic Joints
If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it.
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