What are foot orthoses?
Foot orthoses are shoe inserts designed to support, align, or improve the function of the foot. They are also often commonly referred to as ‘orthotics’. Orthoses fit comfortably inside your shoes.
There are many different kinds of orthoses. The orthotics devices recommended by your podiatrist are prescription devices, custom-made to suit your individual needs and biomechanics (the way your body moves).
What type of orthoses?
Cushioning orthoses provide cushioning and orthotics padding underfoot with shock absorption during walking.
Pressure relief orthoses offer additional relief by redistributing the pressure on problem areas of the foot.
Moulded cast or non-cast orthoses offer similar features with superior fit, whilst prefabricated orthoses provide relief with the benefits of being customised by your podiatrist.
Functional foot (customised kinetic) orthoses offer all these features, plus the benefit of postural realignment.
As a personalised approach.
When prescribing orthoses, your podiatrist provides a comprehensive service to ensure safe and effective foot care, including:
- A full clinical assessment of your foot problem prior to prescription
- Prescription of orthoses tailored to individual needs
- Provision of any additional treatment required
- Advice regarding exercises, footwear and training methods where relevant
- Complete control over prescribing, making and fitting your orthoses
- Comprehensive follow-up, including initial and ongoing treatment plan
- Fine-tuning or correction of any problems experienced in wearing your orthoses
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