Custom made orthotics to relieve foot pain and provide foot support
SO Podiatry, Worcester, expertly provides podiatry analysis, treatment and custom made orthotics to the community of Worcestershire to help with any lower limb, foot or heel pain.
Orthotics create a change in load and pressure through your muscles and joints when you stand, walk or run. They range from simple prefabricated insoles to custom made bespoke orthotics. The materials they are made of depend on the prescription you might require depending on the results of your biomechanics examination and the foot support you require.
"My 13yr old son first saw Stephanie for a biomechanics appointment. He had frequent calf strains/pulls, and had been injured for 8 weeks. As well as prescribing some insoles, Stephanie recommended specific strengthening exercises. He is now back to playing football 4 times a week, stronger than ever”
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We like to use modern technology in our Worcester podiatry practice and are Certified Phits experts and Podfo partners and also use other orthotic manufacturing companies. We create the best orthotic for you based on your mechanical needs. Orthotics fit neatly in your footwear and if an ankle-foot orthotic is needed we will advise on which footwear is best suited to relieve any foot pain.
We recommend that you have a new biomechanical examination every two years when you wear orthoses, to ensure they are still appropriate and functioning the way they should. The human body changes over time and the needs of each client should be re-evaluated regularly.
What can orthotics help with?
Orthotics are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to alter foot and limb biomechanical issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. Orthotics can be used to treat a number of conditions including:
- Heel pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain)
- Heel Spurs
- Fallen arches
- Walking and gait problems
- Ankle pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle hypermobility
- Ligament strains
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Joint pain and Arthritis
Why are orthotics recommended?
At SO Podiatry we prescribe orthotics as part of the treatment plan to help your biomechanical issue. The device sits in your shoes or footwear to alter or force an action of the muscles that make you walk. They work by redistributing pressure and changing the way the body adapts to movement. They are useful to improve muscle engagement and help muscles work better for you. Orthotics are designed to relieve your lower limb issues such as foot or heel pain.
What should my orthotics feel like when I first get them?
When you initially get your orthotics/ insoles from SO Podiatry they may feel a bit odd. However, this is completely normal. We advise all our clients that on the first day you wear your new orthotics or insoles, you only do this for one hour. Then on day two, you wear them for two hours, day three, three hours etc. With each day, you increase wear time an additional hour until you can manage to wear them all day. When you can wear them all day with no problems this is when it is considered safe to start wearing them for exercise.
If they cause you pain, simply remove them and rest for a day or two, then try again and see how they feel. It is perfectly normal for this process to take anywhere up to two weeks to get used to wearing them, don’t forget everyone is different so try not to compare your experience to someone else. The reason for wearing them in slowly allows your body to get used to the new activity that the orthotics are requiring you to do. Just like any new exercise, it is normal to get some aches and pains in the legs muscles whilst you get used to wearing them.
How long should my orthotic last?
The lifespan of the orthotic depends on why it was prescribed and what material it is made from and how much you use them. We treat all our clients as individuals, so we will let you know how long your orthotic will last. Foot orthotics are all different, no one size fits all and at SO Podiatry we use various different types depending on your individual case. Custom laboratory manufactured orthotics usually have a longer life span.
It is always advisable to see your podiatrist every 20-24 months if you wear a prescribed pair. It is essential to reassess whether your needs are the same, and if the device is doing what we need it to. It is always important to remember that the body is a live changing tissue that over time changes. So we like to recommend reassessment every 20 months as essential to keep you moving better, pain free and allowing you to live your best life.