Orthoses are inserts for your shoes designed to improve foot function and redistribute pressure across the sole of the foot to prevent injury.
You might have pain in your feet or knees, or you might notice that your shoes wear quickly in a particular area. This could mean that your foot function or biomechanics (biomechanics is the science of movement of the body, including how muscles bones tendons and ligaments work together to produce movement) could be improved with the use of foot orthoses. Orthoses are inserts for your shoes designed to improve foot function and redistribute pressure across the sole of the foot to prevent injury. Orthoses can assist a wide range of conditions including supporting flat feet and plantar fasciitis through to offloading pressure away from a diabetic ulcer or painful corn.
There are a variety of different orthoses:
- Functional foot orthoses: customised to your individual foot to improve foot function.
- Pre fabricated orthoses: designed to improve foot function but are off the shelf and will range in size from small to large. Pre fabricated orthoses can have a range of different additions to increase their customisation.
- Pressure relief orthoses: designed to provide more cushioning and shock absorption when walking.
The podiatrists at Podiatry on Plenty Road will assess your biomechanics and advise you on the most appropriate orthotics to suit your situation.