What are orthotics and how can I benefit from them?

April 07, 2017

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics, also known as Orthoses, are custom-made shoe insoles or inserts that correct the alignment of your feet to reduce or completely resolve any symptoms.

Although you can buy pre-made orthotics in local shops such as Boots, custom-made orthotics are the most effective way of treating poor foot alignment as they are made bespoke to your feet and for your condition.

If you have orthotics designed for a particular sport, they will be made to support particular movements or positions and support specific loads or stresses associated with your activity.

Orthotics at Hatts

All our custom-made orthotics require a prescription to be taken by a specialist biomechanical Podiatrist, along with a Gait Analysis assessment to identify the corrections required to realign your foot.

At Hatts, this bespoke service is delivered by our biomechanical specialists. To create these bespoke orthotics,  a cast impression of your foot will be taken before it is sent off to our laboratory. This ensures that your orthotics fit perfectly to the shape of your feet to support the exact correction required – giving you the most effective treatment possible.

Once your orthotics have been made, they will be fitted and your Podiatrist will advise you on wearing them in. Following your initial wear period, your symptoms will be reviewed and if necessary minor adjustments can be made to your orthotics.

Your custom orthotics will be manufactured to a very high standard using the latest materials and techniques. They are expected to last approximately 10 years with minor refurbishment.

Bespoke orthotics really can be life-changing. It is important not to ignore foot pain as any foot conditions not treated could have a detrimental effect on the way the rest of your body moves.

If you suffer from any kind of foot, knee, hip, or lower back pain, we can help. Book your Gait Analysis appointment online or by calling us on 01380 730473.