Orthotic insoles are helpful for certain foot conditions and anatomies. However, only when you wear them will they help the root cause of your particular problem. Unfortunately, they don’t work by magic if left in a drawer or bottom of your sports bag!
New or existing footwear can be discretely fitted with bespoke Orthotic insoles. This may also include fashionable footwear. However, it is important to wear appropriate footwear.
A shoe acts as a foundation for the foot and provides a stable base for an orthotic to sit on. Therefore, flat ballet pumps, for example, would not work well with orthotics. However, that doesn’t sentence you to unfashionable shoes. There are plenty of options out there for stylish shoes that will take an Orthotic insole.
The Benefit of Custom Orthotic Insoles
Your feet are different to my feet; your particular feet problems relate to your body. So it’s important to get orthotics that are customised to treat your specific anatomy and condition.
Only a health professional such as a Podiatrist can effectively prescribe bespoke corrective orthotics. This happens only after examining your walk (gait analysis) and a biomechanical assessment of your feet and lower legs.
Because prescription orthotic insoles change how your foot moves and functions, it is very important to get them right. By self-prescribing an off-the-shelf insert or orthotic you risk facing additional discomfort and potential damage to your feet, knees, hips and back!
What is the process?
At We Fix Feet, our specialist footcare practitioners will examine your walk (gait analysis) and perform a biomechanical assessment of your feet and lower legs. This will take around 1 hour of 1-2-1 time and will result in a bespoke prescription and orthotic fitting.
After fitting your orthotics your Podiatrist will generally want to see you again after you’ve had a chance to wear them in. This check-up will confirm that everything is working as it should be.
As well as prescribing your orthotics your podiatrist should also give you a strengthening and stretching program to help with your condition. Check-ups will track your progress and make any changes to your treatment regime as required.
An annual check-up will make sure your orthotic is working overtime. Should your condition change, modifications or adjustments can be made.