What are orthotics?
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, are a device which is inserted into the shoe to correct any foot or ankle problems that you may be suffering from. They are made from leather, rubber, plastic, metal or some synthetic material which is moulded into a shape that would fit inside your shoe. Orthotics are used to help align the foot into the correct position as well as provide cushioning when the foot impacts onto the ground. There are many different types of orthotics available which are suitable for lots of different foot problems.
There are also custom made orthotics available. These are ideal for people who suffer from particular problems such as the foot rolling inwards (over pronation) or arch problems. The Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic can write a prescription for your custom made orthotics.
People tend to think they need orthotics and orthotics will make everything ok. They don’t know why but it just will. You’re probably right! The thought of placing something under your foot to hold it up or a wedge for support is exactly what an orthotic is. It doesn’t matter how fancy the orthotic is, it will not do any more or any less than any other orthotic.
Orthopaedic footwear or custom made orthotics are useful to treat certain foot conditions whether it is medical or biomechanical. There are a lot of people who supply orthotics. They can be easily found available to buy in a variety of shops as well as from practitioners. It is difficult for buyers to know what it right for them and some practitioners will prescribe orthotics for no reason whatsoever! Finding a good quality product and a reliable practitioner can be a hard task. The good thing is all is not lost. We recommend Certified HCPC Registered Podiatrists whom provide a reliable service and products.
Podiatrists spend years training to become experts in their field. As a podiatrist I am very passionate about what I do and my job matters to me. I struggle to get my head around the fact that there are some practitioners out there who will diagnose a foot condition, prescribe a treatment and carry it out all within an appointment of fifteen minutes. That is just impossible!
Carrying out a biomechanical assessment on the ankle, foot, hip and the knee is extremely complicated and same goes for a gait analysis. Unless you are a specialist and a professional who is dedicated to your work there is no chance you can diagnose a patient successfully. A thorough examination is required before orthotics are prescribed. This examination can take up to an hour or even longer depending on your condition.
Who will benefit from orthotics?
There are some conditions which will benefit from using orthotics, such as:
Some other conditions that could be treated with orthotics are: Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, bunions, knee pain and back pain.
At Dr Foot Podiatry we prescribe two types of orthoses, these are casted, (also known as bespoke), and non-casted orthoses (sometimes referred to as ‘off the shelf’).
Dr Foot Podiatry can provide a pair of casted orthoses if necessary. Casted orthoses are bespoke; this means that they are made to measure. Casted orthoses are made by taking an impression of the foot in its corrected position. Once an impression of the foot has been made a prescription form is then filled out detailing the exact requirements, before being sent away for casting. The prescription for orthoses is formulated using the information gained from a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis. A biomechanical assessment and gait analysis must be performed prior to casted orthoses being prescribed.
A number of materials can be used in the making of orthoses; the material chosen by the podiatrist will depend on a variety of factors, such as activity level, weight, and pathology.
Non casted orthoses
Non casted orthoses, otherwise known as ‘off the shelf’ orthoses, are insoles that are ready made. Non casted insoles are much cheaper than bespoke orthoses, and for some people they may be all that is necessary to alleviate symptoms, however, they are not suitable for all foot pathologies. Non casted orthoses can also provide a good starting point for which to ‘try out’ orthoses, before purchasing the more expensive bespoke variety.
Sports Orthotics Birmingham
If you are a runner, play sports or keep fit and are prone to injuries you may need custom orhtotics.
Childrens Orthotics Birmingham
With an attractive and vibrant design loved by children, our childrens orthotics is the modern day alternative to custom made orthoses. The orthotic gently improves biomechanical function without interfering with the foot’s natural growth. The childrens orthotics is non-slipping and perfectly formed, a must for modern children's foot orthoses.
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