Orthotics in podiatry can be also known as insoles, or shoe inserts. Orthotics are devices which are placed inside footwear with the purpose to support and foot structure and redistribute pressures and forces away from problem areas. This is often recommended when the natural biomechanical balance of lower limb has been disrupted by over-pronation or over-supination (excess flattening/heightening of the arch).
Orthotics in podiatry are commonly indicated in the presence of a biomechanical condition or complaint. Biomechanical issues are those which occur when someone is walking, standing, or performing sporting activities. Biomechanical issues are sometimes contributed from a previous trauma or injury to the lower limb.
The body is a kinetic chain, each movement or rotation that happens in the lower limb and foot, has an affect on the attached structures above and below. For example; a person with a flat foot may overpronate, this can cause the lower leg and knee to internally rotate, causing the thigh and hip to internally rotate, causing the pelvis to tilt forward. Orthotics can reduce the pronatory moment and decrease the abnormal movement on the leg above.
Orthotics can help with the following conditions.
Liverpool Podiatry provide a wide range of orthotics, the type of orthotic which may be recommended to a patient is completely dependent on each individual person, there lifestyle and presenting condition.
Off the shelf Prefabricated insoles that can be partially adjusted to suit the individual.
Semi bespoke Prefabricated insoles that can be adjusted by the orthotic lab as the podiatrist request.
Custom casted (bespoke) Custom made orthotics are completely bespoke to the patient and would not fit anybody else. An impression is< taken of the foot, then the orthotics are made exactly to the contours of the foot structures. The podiatrist will write a prescription which is sent to the orthotics manufacturing laboratory who forms the device.
Prefabricated for specific sports Such as football, basketball, golf.
Paediatrics orthotics Specially prefabricated or custom made for children.
Once the podiatrist has formed a treatment plan and come to the decision orthotics will be of benefit, the orthotics are then ordered. They will take around two weeks to return to the clinic once the prescription has been sent. When they have arrived the team will contact to book in for a fitting appointment with the podiatrist, who will check them on your feet and advise you on what/what not to expect and when to get in touch for further advice or modifications. Once the podiatrist is happy, the orthotics will be worn for 4-6 weeks then the patient is asked to return for a review appointment.
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