Debbie Wardhaugh MSSCh Dip Pod Med MBChA

Tel:01952 551370
PODIATRIST

Prescription In-Shoe Orthotics


Who Needs Orthotics?

  • Do you have foot, ankle, knee, hip or back pain?
  • Do you have corns or calluses?
  • Do you have bunions.

Do you already have orthotics?

  • Are they comfortable?
  • Do they relieve the symptoms?
  • Do they fit your shoe?
  • If not then you might need to have a custom orthotic made.

 

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are foot insoles (a type of arch support) which are worn inside everyday shoes and are able to be transferred from shoe to shoe. Orthotics enable the feet to be held in a more stable position during walking and standing which helps control poor foot function by allowing only certain movements to take place at specific times.

Orthotics can either be custom made to exact prescription or purchased over the counter in standard sizes and postings.

Balance your feet will enable you to walk more efficiently and your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back will be less strain.

 

 

 

Can orthotics help?

Poor foot function often causes pain and deformity in the foot and ankle but it can also cause pain in the knees, hips and back. Poor foot function can also be associated with neck stiffness, muscle fatigue and cramps.

Sporting activities, such as running or golf, place an even greater strain on poorly functioning feet. Wearing orthotics can often help improve foot function, decrease pain and slow deterioration.

How are Othotics made?

Custom made orthotics normally have a rigid plastic shell with a cushioning top cover. The shell usually lasts for years.

Custom made orthotics are normally very comfortable and do not need hard in shoes.

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Ready-made insoles versus custom orthotics.?

Ready-made over the counter orthotics and insoles may be able to help with minor foot discomfort but might not accurately control poor foot function to the level a custom orthotic would. However they are an extremely useful temporary fix and are good for thosr people who want to spend the absolute minimum. See here for information on ready made orthotics.