Problems can be caused throughout the body (including pain in the neck, lower back and hips) by foot and ankle issues that affect your posture (how you stand) and the way you walk.
Persistent soreness in the lower back, hips or knees, can indicate and be caused by problems in the toes and feet or also by inappropriate footwear choices. We are here to help with practical advice (within the constraints of your work/lifestyle).
An orthotic is a device that sits in your shoe to control the functions of the foot whilst walking. It can be made from a cast to specifically fit your foot or we can provide (and apply simple adjustments to) a core range of insoles that have different shapes to address different issues.
The important point is that an insole, if indeed you need one, is individually selected to suit your needs and your foot shape. Different people will have different requirements and your 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. Used inappropriately, they can be a cause of your pain rather than a cure.
Also, don’t assume that just because you have needed insoles in the past, that is necessarily still true as 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.
All of the conditions described below can result from poor posture, walking style or foot structure. If you are getting these pains then by undertaking a biomechanical assessment we can try to identify the problem and provide you with suitable help to alleviate it.
Please also ask about our leaflet on choosing shoes, as poorly fitting or the wrong shape of shoe can often lead to problems. Our leaflet provides some practical advice on picking footwear that will be better for your feet without sacrificing your individual style.
What will happen at a biomechanics assessment?
Biomechanics is a part of podiatry that analyses the structure and function of the bones in your feet and legs. Primarily it assesses the muscles and joints and how they act when you walk and move.
We will assess your gait (your walking pattern) and posture and determine how best to support you. We generally prefer to fix foot and ankle issues where we can in order to give you natural mobility, rather than relying on artificial support if it isn’t necessary.
- The assessment will last approximately 30 minutes.
- Please bring a pair of shorts/loose clothing so that we can view your lower leg in action.
- You will be assessed sitting, standing and walking
- Please bring a well worn pair of trainers/shoes with you.
- Following your assessment you will be given advice on footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises, and whether you would be expected to benefit from orthotics.