Orthotics are a customised or over the counter device that fits into footwear like an insole with the view of subtly changing the alignment and biomechanics of the foot, ankle and lower limb.
Our feet are designed to be adaptive to the differing ground on which we walk. Our modern world changes this environment and creates hard unyielding flat surfaces such as concrete. The foot compensates for this by flattening down on the inside arch of the foot to meet the ground, this is called pronation. Orthotics can be used to accommodate our foot shape and allow us to control excessive pronation around what is called the subtalar joint. This is turn relieves stress and strain to damaged tissues or joints.
Why you may ask, do we physiotherapists, have anything to do with shoe inserts and feet?! Regularly our clients ask us if their knee, hip and back pain could be coming from or contributed to by their feet – and our answer is it definitely can be. Here at Roundwood Health Clinic our physiotherapist Oliver Bassett is trained to prescribe custom fit orthotics. They can be effective at easing the symptoms of:
- achilles pain
- knee pain
- hip and back pain
- Osgood Schlatters
- Plantar Fasciitis
- shin splints
- and a number of other conditions
If you would like to discuss whether orthotics may help you or wish to book an appointment with Oliver please call the clinic on 01226 282560. Your initial appointment will last 45 minutes and include a lower limb assessment and orthotic fitting.