If a biomechanical abnormality that requires external support has been identified, then orthotic insoles may be prescribed for you. Orthotics provide support for the feet, which by improving alignment and controlling motion, reduces or eliminates pain in the feet, ankles, shins, knees, hips and lower back.
At an initial assessment at the clinic we will observe how you are walking and standing and we will examine the quality and quantity of the movements of your joints from your lower back down to your big toes. Your footwear will also be examined. From this investigation we will have a good idea of how you are supporting yourself and moving around on your feet and legs. We may prescribe custom foot orthotic devices to treat your abnormal foot function. Orthotics can be temporary, `off the shelf` or customised insoles that help restore regular balance to your standing and walking pattern. Additional stretching and strengthening routines for muscle groups may also be recommended to help the biomechanics of the feet. To make orthoses we will take certain measurements and then make Plaster of Paris slipper casts.