Custom orthotics are made specifically for your feet only. They are not like a pair of shoes.
Custom orthotics are devices that are inserted into your footwear and designed to help realign your foot and ankle in the most anatomically efficient position whilst moving. Orthotics are used to treat movement imbalances that can lead to pain in the foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back.
The first process of tailoring the orthotic to you is to analyse your standing gait and functional movement patterns to help detect where the dysfunctions are. Secondly, a plaster of paris mould is taken of your foot and then sent to the laboratory with your own specific prescription. The orthotics will then be inserted into your shoes and you will be instructed to wear them in gradually whilst your body adapts to the greater quality of movement.
When analyzing the foot we are looking for both the forefoot (front) and rear foot (back) to work as a unit during walking and running. A common dysfunction when these two are not working efficiently is over-pronation (flattening of the feet). There are many more types of problems stemming from poor foot biomechanics which lead to pain higher up the chain. A few examples include:
- Excessive supination (high arched feet)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Metatarsalgia (inflammation of the joints in the foot)
- Achilles pain
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
This information is to help you understand the process.
- First appointment and moulding
We examine your biomechanics, we may look at you walk, run or video your movement to allow us to do a gait analysis. If we decide that orthotics would benefit you we will use a resin slip sock to make a mould of your feet, which will be sent to the lab to make your orthotics. To make the mould of your feet you will lie on your front and relax while a warm sock is applied to your foot. As we hold your foot in a neutral position the sock will go hard. It usually takes 3-4 weeks from moulding to have your orthotics made. You will be asked to pay for your orthotics at your first appointment. This will also include the cost of your Protect Insurance Policy, which is valid for two years.
Your moulds will be sent to the laboratory to be manufactured. Once they are made and we have received them we will call you to arrange your fitting appointment. At this appointment you will need to bring the footwear we are fitting your orthotics to. We will check the fit between your foot and orthotics and will explain the process of slowly getting used to your orthotics.
We will book you in for two review appointments, one 3 weeks after your fitting and one 6 weeks after your fitting. This is important to check the fit of your orthotics and the progress you are making with them including future management advice. Many people opt for a second pair of orthotics. If you choose to order a second pair we will do this at one of your review appointments.
We usually try to refurbish your orthotics before the Protect Insurance Policy expires at two years. We do recommend renewing your Protect Insurance Policy as failing to renew will result in having to start from scratch if you decide you want another pair.
Pricing and Payment for Orthotics
Consultation- £25 If you decide to go ahead with the orthotics, this £25 is included in the overall cost.
1st Pair – £400
This includes moulding, fitting, two review appointments and Protect Insurance Policy
2nd Pair – £310
This includes fitting, one review appointment and Protect Insurance Policy