Foot orthoses (also known as "orthotics") are custom foot supports.
They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter arch supports and balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs. The most common reasons people use foot orthoses are for arch and heel pain, Plantar Fasciitis, lower leg tendonitis (problems with the Achilles and posterior tibial tendon, and "shin splints") and for knee pain, such as chondromalacia patellae, iliotibial band syndrome and "runner's knee." In prescribing foot orthoses there are a number of options depending on the severity of the condition.
If it is a simple/uncomplicated correction, an over the counter devise may suit best. If it is more complex, prescription insoles can be made using an assessment platform which incorporates both foot and ankle positions. This will cover many of the conditions that people present with; it is very reliable and successful as it is a 3 dimensional assessment. Finally, for the most severe conditions, in house casting can be carried out to capture the foot for computer aided orthotic designs.
All of our therapists are fully qualified to prescribe orthotics having carried out two biomechanics courses for orthotic prescription.