A prescription foot orthotic is a custom-made shoe insole designed to specifically address any postural and structural problems, or abnormal walking-patterns that may be causing you pain and/or reducing your function. Specifically, a prescription insole achieves this by restoring the natural position of your foot. Commonly, poor alignment can originate from the position of our feet and ankles, and this can result in poor postures throughout the body, including the knees, hips, back and even the neck. Therefore, it is important to identify whether these problems originate from foot alignment, and to correct this in order to reduce pain in these areas.
Prescription foot orthotics can potentially help address problems for a variety of people, ranging from people with heel pain or pain from callouses or bunions, to runners/athletes with repetitive strain injuries such as shin splints. All of these conditions may be caused by collapsed or fallen arches of the feet, which can often be corrected with an orthotic. Issues such as these cannot be corrected with standard insoles as they only provide cushioning, rather than correction of abnormal alignment. Consequently, specialist prescription of individualised orthotics by skilled practitioners is required.
Most therapists will check your foot mechanics as part of your initial assessment in order to diagnose whether this is the source of your pain. Subsequently, this may result in a referral for shoe orthotics. However, at Parkview Clinic we have therapists that are trained and highly-skilled in prescription of orthotics. Careful measurements of the position of your arches and the angle of your tendons will be taken and a plaster cast of your foot shape will be made. Next, a computer-milled orthotic insole will be custom made for you by our supplier. We also offer a wide choice of styles to suit all shoes, from ball room to football boot.
For more information about our Prescription Orthotics, or to book an appointment please call 01737 247 555
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