What are foot orthoses?
Custom-made orthoses or foot supports are individually prescribed and made from plaster impressions of your, designed to relieve abnormal stresses on the foot, ankle, leg, and hip and lower back.
How do they work?
When the foot posture is incorrect the entire body structure is incorrect. Biomechanical problems, weak muscles, and misaligned bones and arches can increase stresses within the foot structures and the surrounding soft tissues, creating localised pain in the foot, ankle and also problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back.
Foot orthoses allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential by correcting misalignment. When appropriately prescribed, these orthoses can decrease pain and increase stability in an unstable joint, along with preventing potential progression or development of a deformity.
Who would benefit from them?
- People with a foot injury or problem
- Working People; those who must walk or stand excessively on the job
- Children with foot deformity or pain
- Arthritis sufferers or people with discomfort in their feet.
- Sports people; orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength.
- Overweight individuals; orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are often magnified due to the increased weight.
As a personalised approach.
When prescribing orthoses, your podiatrist provides a comprehensive service to ensure safe and effective foot care, including:
- A full clinical assessment of your foot problem prior to prescription.
- Prescription of orthoses tailored to individual needs.
- Provision of any additional treatment required.
- Advice regarding exercises, footwear and training methods where relevant.
- Complete control over prescribing, making and fitting your orthoses.
- Comprehensive follow-up, including initial and ongoing treatment plan.
- Fine-tuning or correction of any problems experienced in wearing your orthoses