Treating Foot Pain With Orthotics

Foot pain is tricky to treat without a Podiatrist!! Yes you read that right... 

You see, podiatrists have studied the foot...for three years... at university..

We know what will get you better and what will not. The many small structures of the foot are delicate ...surprisingly as great load and stress is put through them at each and every step. 

Many people haven't heard of orthotics...arch supports or insoles...but as podiatrists and specialists of the foot and ankle we use these every day in our work to get people better. 

We know better than most others how foot pain can stop you enjoying your favourite activities. Whether its walking, running or tennis.. a foot pain will stop you enjoying .. 

What is an orthotic?

An orthotic device is an arch support or inner sole that fits into your shoe to help to heal your foot pain. 

There are two main types.. custom made devices prescribed by the podiatrist and made in a laboratory... and over the counter (OTC) orthotics. Both devices will have some custom features to them, but a custom made device will be made specifically for you and your feet. To treat your foot pain. A custom device will last many years whilst an otc device will last just over a year. 

How does an orthotic work?

Orthotics work by changing the forces going through your foot. They support injured and painful structures while keeping your feet comfortable in your shoes. Unless your foot is very painful you will be able to walk and do your favourite activities as usual as your feet will start to heal. 

Do I have to wear orthotics forever? 

Most patients wear their orthotics for a time only. The average time can be six months to a year. Sometimes more. This will depend on your foot type and how you're foot moves when you walk. 

Will I have to wear roomy shoes for the orthotics?

The orthotic does take some space in your shoes although we can accommodate particular shoes with some orthotics.  You will usually have to wear sensible shoes for a time with your orthotics until you get pain free. When you are pain free we can make you a pair of orthotics that are smaller that will fit into more types of shoes. 

How can I get orthotics?

A podiatrist will have to assess you first. At the South London Foot Clinic we always will need to see you for a gait assessment. This is where we will slow motion capture your foot and ankle when you walk and analyse this movement. By seeing how your foot and ankle moves we can prescribe you the right foot orthotic.

Book an assessment with us so we can get you pain free!! We look forward to seeing you. 


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