Orthotics are sometimes used in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon pain, and heel spurs, metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain), and bunions, to name a few.
If you are having symptoms related to your foot biomechanics that cannot be controlled by exercise and the appropriate choice of footwear, orthotics may be an option. These are custom-made inserts that you can put into all of your footwear. They correct the alignment of your foot to give you the control that you need while running or walking.
We sometimes recommend them for children or teenagers who are having "growing pains" such as knee pain, tendonitis, or heel pain, that can occur due to the body changing. Generally for this we use a gentle off the shelf insole to support the foot, which are usually quite comfortable.
We stock both off the shelf and semi-customised insoles, which can be adapted to suit your foot. These are generally less expensive than a customised orthotic, and this is usually what we start with.
We can also fit for customised orthotics. This involves us making a mould of your foot, and sending this mould to a lab that then customises an orthotic to suit your foot and it's needs.