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What are Foot Orthotics

What are foot orthotics?

Foot Orthotics ImageFoot orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts which are designed to control how your foot works and its alignment with the rest of your body.

Wearing the correct orthotics can help to treat or prevent injuries to the bones, joints, tendons and ligaments.
They are often worn to limit motions such as pronation (rolling-in) and supination (rolling-out), which over time can lead to injury and further complications.

Wearing the correct orthotics help to redistribute weight and force, therefore walking, running or even just standing becomes less painful and more efficient.

How do foot orthotics work?

When wearing the correct orthotics your foot and leg structures are gently and consistently realigned, helping the foot to return to its most efficient functional position.

This reduces damaging compensation in other joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles, resulting in the relief from pain.

Even the slightest misalignment can result in significant discomfort and problems
such as bunions, hammer toes, arch and heel pain, corns, knee pain ... even back pain.

Through rectifying this misalignment your foot will function more efficiently and the pain of muscle and joint strain is relieved.

What type of orthotic do I need?

The type of orthotic required depends on the type of foot you have and how the foot changes position.

This may depend on whether you suffer painful symptoms and where the pain is felt.
The level of activity you undertake and also the type of shoes you choose to wear.


Do I need a foot assessment?

A customised orthotic is much more than an arch support it provides a true change in the way that your foot works, helping to reduce the causes of pain, by improving the way in which your foot functions.

In the assessment the Podiatrist will assess the way that you walk, and will check the arch height of your feet, and the way that the joints work together.

We would advise a foot assessment if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shin splints-pain in the front of your legs
  • If your feet roll inwards
  • If you have flat feet
  • If you notice your shoes become worn out in a particular area of the sole



What products do I need ?


If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, the ranges marked as  have a product solution for you …
 

  Footmedics Toe Care Range Footmedics Heel Care Range Footmedics Protection Range Footmedics Insole Range Footmedics Orthotic Range 3 Point Pivot Customised Orthotics
Heel Pain            
Corns            
Painful Calluses            
Hammer Toes            
Ball of Foot Pain            
Arch Pain            
Bunion Pain            
Shin Splints            
Hip/Knee Pain            
Back Pain            

 

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