An orthotic is commonly known as an insole that fits into your shoe and re-aligns your foot, ligaments and muscles to work more efficiently when walking or running having a direct effect on the joints further up the skeletal system such as the knee, hip and back by altering your posture.
Orthotic therapy is complex and may require the practitioner to search suppliers for the best device to suit individual needs. If an off-the-shelf device is not suitable, a custom-moulded device is prescribed. At the Foot & Lower Limb Clinic, we are unique in using the Sensor Medica CAD CAM milled system, which allows our practitioners to design a complex specific orthotic using the data from the pressure plate during the assessment. The turn-around time for the device is approximately 1 week. Many other clinics will offer up to three week turn-around for a moulded device, which is a long wait when you are in pain.
We also have the SIDAS system which can design a custom orthotic within an hour. A decision is made on which option to use, dependent on cost and the patient requirements.
Sometimes simple insoles are used to offload pressure areas. These are cost-effective devices made mostly while you wait.
Ottoform splints are also prescribed to correct toe alignment such as Bunions. These will be made to suit you during your appointment.
We also work with respected British, German and American suppliers of specialised shoes for day-to-day wear to help ease and manage various foot ailments such as bunions and hammer toes. Dependent on supplier, we can measure your feet and order the correct size and width shoe to fit. We will also fit them to ensure they are suitable.