Custom Orthotics

3D Printed Orthotics

What are Orthotics and what do they do? 

Orthotics (also known as insoles, shoe inserts, or orthoses) are worn inside your shoes, trainers, boots to realign your posture and restore biomechanics balance to your body.

Custom orthotics work in a number of ways, the two most common uses are too correct over pronation or flat feet and or address leg length discrepancies. True leg length discrepancies exist when there is a boney length discrepancy raising one side of the pelvis.  Custom orthotics are often prescribed to patients who have been suffering with foot, ankle, knee, hip and or lower back pain.

Orthotics, unlike store-bought shoe insoles, are custom-made to address individual foot function. Custom orthotics can restore bio-mechanical function, improve efficiency and economy. Help control over pronation or supination, whilst improving posture and relieving stress on other parts of the body.


A great way to stay active and reduce injury risk:

Orthotics are a wonderful solution if you want to be active and move well. We are able to prescribe orthotics for many different uses.

Orthotics For Running

In any activity it is important the foot is a stable but flexible base to support and propel the rest of the body. The repetitive nature of running and walking means your instability or over pronation is repeated several thousand times during a run. This can lead to overuse injuries, despite the fact you don’t feel you’ve been over doing it. During running the forces that go through your feet can be up to between 3-5 times your body weight. The forces if distributed incorrectly can cause pain. Our orthotics are designed reduce the structural collapse of the arch and improve mid foot and rear foot alignment. This allows joints to be aligned correctly and become more efficient during running. For runners that stay injury free, this in turn improves performance and fitness.

Orthotics For Golf

During a single round of golf or a full bucket of balls at the range the body goes through a great deal of stress and abnormal forces. These are generated during the swing and place an increased load through the foot, ankle, knee and lumbar spine. Having the correct alignment from the feet, will improve the stability through the trunk and swing phase. Being more stable at the point of contact ensures a lower injury risk and better performance. We have a comprehensive range of options for golfers and work closely with golf coaches and golf pros to ensure the best outcome for your game and health.

Orthotics for Skiing and Snowboarding

Ski boots and snowboard boots are not the most comfortable footwear on the market, yet the pressures and loads through your boots control your movement and direction of travel. Controlling your alignment and posture whilst skiing or snowboarding is vital in reducing the risk of injury and making your holiday and trip more comfortable. We have found over many years of practice, many winter sports enthusiasts complain of lower back, knee and hip pain during and after their holiday. Our insoles will help your balance, weight shift and help provide control.


How do I know if I need Orthotics?

Whether you have an acute or chronic injury injury its important to understand what is causing the issue, getting to the root cause of the problem is vital in long term health and well being. If you have been suffering with joint or muscle pain this may be related to your foot posture. Our expert physiotherapists will assess and diagnose you problem and decided whether you require orthotics. This will be discussed with you and your options explained to how any treatment option will benefit you.

 

How do we assess you?

We complete full biomechanics assessments, looking at posture, foot function and how the muscles and joints around your body are working. Our team are trained to look how you function in standing, walking and the transfer between postures. After we have completed a range of tests we use a 3D structural scanner to make a model of your foot, this allows us to us Computer Aided Design to manipulate the variables you require to build you an orthotic. These images are then tested, amended and create a working model. Your physiotherapist may also give you exercises to help reduce stress in other areas to improve posture and reduce the likelihood of pain and dysfunction long term.

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For further information, call Shropshire Physiotherapy on 01952 825042 or email on info@shropshirephysiotherapy.co.uk

 

 

 

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