Orthotics are inserts, insoles or arch supports that fit into your shoes. There are many different kinds of orthotic available. Orthotics can be off the shelf, made up in the clinic to find what works best for your feet or be custom made. Orthotics vary in size, shape, flexibility and support.
Can I get Orthotics from a Physiotherapist?
At Susan Quin Physiotherapy I can supply you with orthotics. I will assess your feet, gait and biomechanics to decide if you need an orthotic. Remember orthotics are only one part of the Physiotherapy treatment which also includes advice on footwear and exercise.TALK TO ME TODAYBOOK ONLINE NOW
What are orthotics?
Do orthotics really work?
- Orthotics help to correct the biomechanical function of your feet and improve the weight distribution of your feet. Orthotics support your feet and can reduce the stress and pain on joints that are sore.
- The orthotic can control the movement of your foot and ankle joints. This can make your foot more stable and can help you walk and run.
- Sometimes the orthotic is used as a shock absorber or as a way to take pressure off certain parts of your foot. This often helps arthritic or diabetic feet.
- Orthotics are also used for all ages.
- Orthotics are always used with correct footwear and exercise.
What are the best orthotic insoles?
There are many different types of orthotic. I can assess your problem and recommend the right one for you. What suits you is specific to you and the problem you have. It is not a one fit all insole.
When are orthotics used?
- Fallen arches, flat feet or over pronated feet to support them
- Heel Spurs to alleviate pressure
- Plantar Fasciitis to support the sole and ease pressure off the calf
- High arches or stiff feet to help absorb pressure
- Chronic or recurrent leg or back pain can be helped by improving your biomechanics and steadiness
- Overuse injuries, e.g. shin splints, ITB syndrome, gluteal tendinopathy, knee-cap Pain can be improved with orthotics that help your biomechanics, stabilise your feet and absorb shock
- Hyper-mobile joints that need support to protect them
- Rheumatoid Arthritic feet for support and shock absorption
- Diabetes to prevent uneven pressure on the foot and so prevent skin damage
- Paediatrics, e.g. for Toe Walkers, Dyspraxia
- Osteoarthritis, e.g. base of big toe, ankle, knee, hip, back
- All athletes and sports, e.g. runners, cyclists, football players
Do orthotics really help?
Yes, orthotics do help to improve the function of your foot and leg. Orthotics also support your feet, cushion shock, alleviate pressure, improve weight distribution and steady your feet. They reduce the stress and pain on joints that are sore.
But they are only a part of the overall treatment. The first priority is your footwear. Your general muscle strength and flexibility and balance are also important. So orthotics are one part of the physiotherapy treatment.
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