Orthotics are medical devices that sit inside your shoes and change the way that the bones, joints and muscles of your foot function. This means that they have a fantastic ability to help in the treatment and management of a number of painful and frustrating lower limb problems.
If you’re wondering how orthotics have the potential to help so many people with such a variety of pains and problems, you’re not alone! While many view a pair of orthotics as the same devices for everyone, the reality is far from the truth!
Think of orthotics like glasses. They are custom-made for you following a comprehensive assessment. Though they fall under the one term of ‘orthotic’ (just like ‘glasses’), they’re working in a specific way, specifically matched to the biomechanics of your feet, to achieve the specific function that your Podiatrist designed them for.
It all starts with your first (biomechanical) appointment in which you’ll discuss with your podiatrist the problems you’re experiencing. After getting a detailed history, they will then perform a biomechanical assessment, which includes:
Don’t worry - we’ll talk you through every step of the way so you know exactly what is happening, when and why.