Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics (Greek: Ορθός, ortho, "to straighten" or "align").
An orthotic (plural: orthoses) is an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the feet and lower limbs. 

Orthotic insoles are orthopaedic devices that support or correct the function of your body as a whole. They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter arch supports. The use of orthotics can relieve long term muscle and joint pains caused by incorrect posture, and function. The some of the most common reasons people use foot orthoses are for arch or heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis), tendonitis (problem with the Achilles), "shin splints" and for knee pain, such as  iliotibial band syndrome. Sure Clinics orthotics are custom made using casts or scans of the feet, and incorporate measurements of your pelvis, foot, legs and limb length assessment, as well as any medical condition so each insole is unique.  They can also prevent future injuries and  enhance sporting performance. This allows for optimal control enabling your body to function to its full potential.

Most people find benefit from a thermoplastic device - usually made of polypropylene, but may be constructed of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) or carbon fibre, the flexibility and rigidity can be varied by the prescription. Most foot orthoses will last 5-10 years and will only need to be changed if outgrown by one-and-a-half shoe sizes, or you have had foot surgery or other trauma to the feet, or if you have arthritis in your feet. The devices may need to be recovered from time to time depending on the user and activity usually the last 1-2 years.

Mrs. D. Mundy

I am so grateful to you. I stuck a small pad under the place you indicated I would need it with amazingly immediate relief. Of course it is only a very temporary measure but it just proves that you are right. I look forward to receiving my orthotic insoles!

Mr. C. Goodall

I've been treated by many different people with many different techniques, but with your insoles my back is now more mobile and less painful than it has been in over 20 years!

I owe you a pint or two.

Mr. P. Blennerhassett

I'm delighted with the results in terms of pain relief and ability to walk freely again! After suffering terrible heel pain for a considerable time they have made a new man out of me. I'm so pleased that I've ordered 2 extra pairs to save moving them around all the time!

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