Bespoke, custom made foot orthotics made to improve and stabilise your mobility
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What Are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are custom made medical devices. They are made individually for you and are a support that fits inside your shoes. Most foot pain is as a result of faulty alignments of the foot bones and foot shape. This poor alignment can cause bunions, toe deformities, pain in the heel and arches and balls of the foot.
Foot orthotics are used to realign these foot joints and reduce the stresses on the painful over-worked joints, tendons and ligaments. Foot orthotics are carefully shaped to gently lift collapsed arches or alter the position of feet that lean in or out too far.
Who wears foot orthotics?
Anybody! They can be used to treat all manner of problems. They can work very well for children and adults of all ages. Sports people, gym goers and for work boots and work shoes. We’ve treated nurses, policemen, teachers, actors, athletes, lawyers, judges and vicars!
Are orthotics right for me?
Anybody of any age can potentially benefit from orthotics. We typically can begin from about age 7 and then any age. The orthotics are made for you so will be tailored to your requirements – whether they need to be firm support, soft cushion or a combination of both.
Many people have a single pair and move them around all their footwear. However, on average 50% of the time people opt to have a second pair. This can provided for you from your original scans at a reduced price and is a very convenient option. The second pair can be a different style to suit a particular activity e.g. running or golf or suit a certain pair of shoes e.g. heels instead of your work shoes.
If you're unsure of what you need, the best thing to do would be to book in for an assessment, discuss the issues and receive a recommendation. We never prescribe orthotics if we think they are not necessary so you can trust us to advise you.
Foot orthotics are individually made, time-intensive items and as such are more expensive than mass-made insoles. They however work much better and last much longer – typically several years, so worth the investment.
How we design your custom-made foot orthotics
The Podiatrist will take a history from you to find out the types of problems you been having. Where it hurts, how long, what makes it hurt etc. they will also ask a few questions about your general health and if you’ve had any operations or take any medications. We may need to carry out certain diagnostic tests such as an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI or blood tests.
Once the diagnosis of your problem is established the Podiatrist will go on to assess your structure and alignment with an emphasis on your lower limbs, feet and walking or running action. This enables them to understand how your pain is being caused. They may well need to see any relevant shoes – work shoes, sports shoes etc. they will need to see any previous support or pad you been given or tried.
Your gait will be looked at more in-depth with our pressure measure technology.
Making the orthotics
If it seems appropriate for you and following your discussion you would like to go ahead, the Podiatrist will take a special electronic scan of your feet. This is used to develop the orthotic shape in CAD-CAM software.
The digital shape is then transferred to a milling machine that carves out your Orthotics to an accuracy of 0.01mm!
After this stage they will be hand ground and polished and any extra pads and covers added.
Fitting the Orthotics
We fit the orthotics two weeks following your order in a one-to-one appointment, confirming the fit to your feet and shoes. Sometimes an adjustment is required and this is carried out while you wait, ensuring the fit is perfect.
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All of our podiatrists are registered members of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).