Orthotics and Orthotic Shoes

Custom made orthotics and stylish orthotic shoes to relieve foot pain and provide support

SO Podiatry, Worcester, expertly provides podiatry analysis, treatment and custom made orthotics and stylish orthotic shoes 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. Orthotics range from simple prefabricated insoles to custom made bespoke orthotics, which fit neatly into your footwear, right through to comfortable and supportive orthotic shoes. At SO Podiatry we will advise if an ankle-foot orthotic is needed and will work with you to advise on which footwear is best suited to relieve your foot pain. Orthotics are made of many different materials and the foot support you require will depend on the results of your biomechanics examination.

If an orthotic shoe is needed, style doesn't need to be compromised. These days, orthotic shoes are no longer the fashion faux pas of days gone by and there are a range of styles available.  We will accurately and fully measure you to ensure the correct fit is purchased to suit your needs.

"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”
N. Parkin

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We use modern gait analysis technology (RS scan) in our Worcester podiatry practice and are Certified Phits experts and are a Gait and Motion Clinic. Marathon World Record holder Paula Radcliffe was one of the first athletes to use Phits and says "Without the support of Phits orthotics, it would have been impossible to recover after my surgery and most likely I wouldn't have been able to continue my running career".

We are also experienced in using other orthotic manufacturing companies and use the most appropriate orthotic product to ensure the best fit for our patients mechanical needs.

SO Podiatry now stock a beautiful range of Ziera orthotics shoes and sneakers to help support your feet and keep you looking on trend. Having worked in the industry for over 70 years, Ziera has expertly combined design and engineering to create shoes that women love. Using premium vegan materials, anatomical design and supportive, cushioned footbeds to create the perfect blend of comfort, support and style.

We recommend that you have a new biomechanics 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.

Orthotics RS Foot Scan - SO Podiatry
Orthotics - Phits Orthotics Paul Radcliffe - SO Podiatry
Orthotics Shoes - Ziera low-top gold sneaker - SO Podiatry
Orthotics Shoes - Ziera low heel sandal - SO Podiatry

Orthotics and Orthotics Shoes FAQ's

How do I know what orthotics shoes will fit?
Your podiatrist will accurately measure your feet to ensure the best ‘foot fit’ is achieved ensuring comfort and fit is prioritised whether you wear orthotics with them or not.

What can orthotics help with?
Orthotics are prescription medical shoes and/or devices that you wear or insert inside your shoes to alter foot and limb biomechanics 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.