An orthotic is a specialised insert for the shoe, used to alter or modify foot function. They are designed to treat, adjust, and support various mechanical foot disorders and are manufactured to measurements and angles of an individual foot and leg.
Why do I need orthotics?
To alleviate foot pain
To allow the foot to function correctly and more effectively.
Control/correct walking and stance abnormalities.
Relieve stresses on the ankles, legs and lower back.
Provide cushioning and stability - especially for athletes, those working on their feet and the elderly.
The most effective orthotics are custom-made, crafted to meet your individual needs. Custom orthotics are created from a 3D scan of the foot taken whilst the patient is walking and capturing misalignments in foot structure. Using computer technology, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.
Custom foot orthotics control abnormal positions and movements of the foot.
While standing or walking, the heel and midfoot are held in a more stable position to allow the foot to function more efficiently during weight-bearing and propulsion.
Custom made orthotics can cater for an individual needs, whether they are children, sports men and women or the elderly.
Common Concerns about Orthotics
Will orthotics correct my foot problem?
Whilst wearing your orthotics, they will control the position and motion of your foot. This may prevent the development of pain and disability, and the development of additional deformity. Orthotics will not change the underlying structure of the adult foot which is why they need to be worn continually. If they are not worn, abnormal function will immediately return. In a sense they are similar to wearing spectacles which only improve your eyesight when wearing them.
Will orthotics fit in all my shoes?
Some shoes will not fit properly with an orthotic inside. These are usually dressy shoes with a shallow heel counter (the rear part of the shoe that wraps around the heel). Backless sandals are also unsuitable for orthotics. We are happy to discuss with you your footwear and orthotic requirements.
Will I feel immediate comfort in my feet when I wear orthotics or do they take time to get used to?
Some people develop slight discomfort in the foot, leg, or lower back when they first start to wear orthotics. This is normal and is due to a realignment of the lower limb and pelvis. Muscles and ligaments must readjust to this new position and some patients experience initial aches and pains which typically disappear after two or three weeks.