Are my feet the sole cause of my back pain?
by Wendy on 7th May 2020
What are orthotics?
They are insoles that you place into your shoes, which can help to correct bio- mechanical foot issues that affect how you walk, stand or run.
Which orthotics are best?
You can buy off-the-peg orthotics from many stores, but these are not tailored to your needs. They can also be quite thick, which means using these types of supports can limit your choice of footwear.
Bespoke orthotics are the best because they are just that—specific to you and how your feet function.
We have a state-of-the-art scanning machine which has over 4,000 sensors and assesses how your weight is distributed through your feet when you walk and stand.
The orthotics we supply are only 2 to 3mm thick, so they fit most, if not all shoes, and generally last 5 to 7 years.
Once an examination has been carried out, coupled with the information from the scan, a bespoke pair of orthotics are made for you.
How can they help me?
The better the kinematic chain functions the better for the body as a whole. This starts from the foundation up with correct foot mechanics. Orthotics are a great way of correcting faulty walking patterns and have huge positive knock on effects for the body as a whole. It also means your adjustments will tend to last longer and will hold better if you are wearing bespoke orthotics.
What are the benefits of having custom made orthotics?
Custom made orthotics are designed specifically for the individual and are used to realign the foot and ankle into the most efficient position, and correct any functional imbalances. Custom made orthotics work in a very similar way to how glasses work for your eyes – they can reduce stress and strain – on your body by regaining proper alignment of the foot and ankle. The advantage of having custom made orthotics as opposed to generic ones is that they have been specifically designed for your feet to help reduce certain sub-optimum movements.
What to expect:
An orthotics consultation involves a full gait analysis via our TOG gait scan. This piece of specialised equipment allows practitioners to examine and analyse a person’s biomechanics.
The pressure plate has over 4000 sensors and measures how your foot strikes the ground, leaves the ground and how your weight is distributed throughout your foot.
The data retained from this analysis can identify minor flaws in an individual’s biomechanics thus identifying issues, that if left untreated would have the potential to develop into more painful conditions over a period of time.
The information is then recorded onto a computer screen and is discussed throughout the consultation with concise imagery.
How long will it take?
An orthotics consultation usually lasts up to 30 minutes, you should allow this time for the appointment.
What do I need to do?
You do not need to do anything prior to the appointment, the consultation will require you to take off your socks and shoes for the scan, but aside from this, that is all you will need to do.
The cost of an orthotics consultation is £50.
Whats the difference between Podiatry and Orthotics consultations?
Podiatrists specialise in specific treatment of the feet and ankles and usually a referral comes if an individual has a muscle, bone, tendon or joint condition in their foot. This can include foot fractures, strains/sprains and arthritis.
Orthotists specialise in the creation of devices, which when placed into your shoes correct bio-mechanical imbalances. These devices are what we call orthotics and will be prescribed as appropriate for the individual based on thorough gait analysis results.
What conditions can custom made orthotics potentially help?
• Localised foot pain
• Ankle Pain
• Knee Pain
• Hip Pain
• Back Pain
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Pain reduction for chronic health conditions
If you would like to book in for a scan to see if you would benefit from custom made, bespoke orthotics then please call our uplifting and friendly team on:
☎️ 0161 763 1700