Orthotics and why might I need them?
Orthotics are insoles used for the treatment of foot and lower limb pain which is caused by poor foot mechanics. Sometimes you would be prescribed temporary insoles or else the physiotherapist would recommend custom orthotics and this decision is made in consultation with the client. We would take into account the foot type, the site of the symptoms, how long the pain had been present, sporting activities, occupation, footwear type and cost.
What types are available?
There is a large range of off-the-shelf insoles in stock and custom insoles are usually ready two to three weeks after making the casts/moulds.
What conditions can be helped by orthotics?
- Pain in the ball of the foot – Metatarsalgia
- Tired/Aching feet and legs
- Bunions (Hallux Abducto – Valgus)
- Foot and Heel Pain (Plantar Fascitis)
- Knee cap Pain (Patello-femoral Mal-alignment)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patella tendonitis
- Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome)
- Flat feet (Pes Planus)
- Lumbar-Sacral Pain
- Osteoarthritis of the ankle, knee and hip
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are always used in conjunction with a treatment, stretching and strengthening program.
Each Assessment will include:
• A detailed Biomechanical evaluation of the structure of your feet
• Analysis of how your feet affect the posture and movement of your body as a whole
• Manufacture of Orthotic to your specification in a laboratory