Do I need orthotics?
As podiatrists we see many people complaining of foot and lower leg pain which may be relieved with the aid of orthotics. Having bad foot posture can also aggravate existing conditions like knee, hip, and lower backpain.
An orthotic is a device such as a splint, support or brace used to help correct or improve the function of movable parts of the body.
In podiatry, orthotics are typically inserts that go inside your shoes to help with walking or running issues by changing how your foot strikes the ground. They are customised for you, unlike “off the shelf” inserts.
When we prescribe an orthotic for you our prescription aims to reduce the specific pain and symptoms you are experiencing. Often with the added benefit of easing other related pain. Orthotics, can also help with diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses, and other issues that cause pain when walking.
If you think you may benefit from wearing orthotics, please contact us for advice. The orthotics we choose to use are World Class and our Podiatrists are too. We can help you return to comfort quickly so that you can get on with more important things in life.
Orthotics can be hard or soft cushioning or corrective depending on your problem, footwear, activity and what you can tolerate.
At Cheshire Foot Clinic we prescribe 3D printed orthotics which are manufactured using data from a scan of your foot and gait cycle and information gathered from a seated, standing and dynamic assessment by our podiatrists.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
There are some people who won’t require orthotics. Everyone is unique, so some people may live their entire lives without experiencing any pain or injuries to their feet or lower limbs.
It is suggested that if you have been or are currently experiencing any pain in your feet or legs, an orthotic may be what you need. Orthotics work by redistributing pressure and rate of loading and you may only need your orthotics temporarily whilst your pain or injury settles and we help you to rehabilitate.
A podiatrist is the best candidate to make an orthotics recommendation because they can perform a thorough evaluation that includes a biomechanical evaluation after taking a detailed history of your pain and issue. This will enable the podiatrist to determine whether you would benefit from an orthotic and what alternative treatments you might want to try.
Below, we have listed four indications that orthotics may be beneficial for you.
If you are still not sure if orthotics are for you download a copy of our leaflet:
Why Wear Orthotics