Back, neck, knee and hip pain can all be caused by foot and ankle issues that affect your posture (how you stand) and the way you walk. Through biomechanical assessment and gait analysis, our podiatrists will identify this for you and can resolve a large number of problems with direct treatment (e.g. within our pain and movement clinic) or through advice on footwear and insoles.
In some cases pain will be caused simply by inappropriate footwear choices. We apply our clinical expertise and experience to provide practical footwear advice (within the constraints of your work/lifestyle) so that you can find suitable shoes that will be better for your feet without sacrificing your individual style. Please ask for our leaflet, as poorly fitting or the wrong shape of shoe can often lead to unnecessary strain and problems.
Orthotics and insoles
An orthotic is a device that sits in your shoe to control the functions of the foot whilst walking. The important point is that an insole, if you need one, should be chosen to suit your specific needs and your foot shape.
Different people will have different requirements and even your own two feet may have different needs. Like glasses, you may find that insoles are recommended for specific activities or only when wearing particular types of footwear. Also, like glasses, if used inappropriately they can be a cause of pain rather than a cure – you would not simply borrow a friend’s or buy a random pair in a shop and expect them to help you. Therefore, just like you would see an optician for an eye test and to get their recommendations on the right corrective lenses, you should consult a podiatrist for a gait assessment and advice on the suitable insole for you.
Also, don’t assume that just because you have needed insoles in the past, that is necessarily still true. Your body and gait will evolve as you get older. The type or strength of insole might need to change over time as you grow, recover from an injury, or in response to changes in your lifestyle and body – this is particularly true for women during pregnancy.
Simply picking a random insole off the shelf in a shop risks making the problem worse or creating other issues. Different orthotics are suitable to different foot types, varying in firmness, depth and location of support as well as in size. We can offer different options to suit your budget whilst giving you the advice and help you need. Individual bespoke insoles can be made from a cast to specifically fit your foot or we can use our expertise to provide you with the most suitable off the shelf insole from a core range (applying simple adjustments where needed) that have different shapes to address different issues.