General aches to painful bone, joint and foot problems such as heel pain, bunions, callous and hammer toes, which can be caused by musculoskeletal imbalances. Foot orthotics help relieve these various painful symptoms by redistributing force and pressure through the foot. Orthotic insoles may also be used as a preventative measure against sport injuries and they can be prescribed to patients suffering from diabetes or neuropathy in their lower limbs.
A shop bought insole is made to a generic last or shape and might not necessarily match your orthotic requirements in terms of weight redistribution and restoring your natural foot position.
A custom-made insole is made to your exact foot shape and is therefore much more effective in achieving its function in treatment and management of the condition. Custom insoles are also far easier to adjust, giving us the opportunity to fine tune to your comfort and requirements.
Your feet need time to adjust to the new pressures placed on the soft tissue and your body needs time to adjust to your new biomechanical position. When starting to wear your orthotics you should gradually increase the time that you wear them. Below is an outline for wearing them in, but please use your discretion and trust what you feel.
- During the first 24 hours of use, use the orthotic for approximately 30 minutes to an hour of the time spent on your feet.
- Progressively increase your daily use by a maximum of an additional 30 minutes to an hour every day until you can wear them for the entire day.
- If you experience discomfort beyond the initial 7 to 10 days, please make an appointment for us to make any necessary adjustments.
- Most adjustments can be made on site and can be completed while you wait.
Your orthotics should be reviewed annually to adjust for any material compression. Their lifespan, however, ranges from 1-3 years depending on level of activity and usage. In children, the orthotics should be assessed every 6 months and they usually need to be changed when their shoe size increases by more than 1 size.
Your orthotics will take up space in your shoe, but it is generally not necessary to go a size bigger. We advise that you take your orthotics with you when trying on new shoes. Generally, shoes used for wearing orthotics should be flat on the inside so that the angle and the position of the orthotics are not compromised.
When buying a sandal, it is advisable to select one with a closed back or one that has an adjustable ankle strap which should help to comfortably accommodate your orthotic insole. We can provide you with Velcro to fix the orthotic to the base of the sandal.
The orthotic must fit properly in the shoe for both comfort and function. Please bring the shoe and the orthotic in for us to adjust if necessary.
Your orthotics will take up space in your shoe, but it is generally not necessary to go a size bigger. We advise that you take your orthotics with you when trying on new shoes. Generally, shoes used for wearing orthotics should be flat on the inside so that the angle and the position of the foot orthotics are not compromised.
- The heel cup depth of the shoe should be deep enough to prevent heel slippage.
- The toe box of the shoe should also be deep enough, so that excessive pressure is not applied to the top of the foot.
Cleaning & Maintenance:
To clean, gently wipe with a damp cloth with normal body soap. Do not machine wash or use harsh chemical solvents. Do not tumble dry. Do not expose to direct heat.
It is cost effective to get a 2nd pair of orthotics immediately or a reduced amount will be charged if you retain your plaster moulds and we are able to reuse them for manufacturing any additional orthotics. Contact us for more information.
We use some of the latest technology to gather as much information as possible when assisting with your orthotics. To gain a complete picture of your personal gait cycle (how you walk or run) we use a pressure plate system. The RsScan pressure plate is used as a diagnostic tool to determine the biomechanical forces affecting the foot while you stand, walk or run. Excess pressure in certain areas? Loading of parts of your foot or ankle? We can help.
As you walk across the Rs Scan pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of your foot over time. This scan then provides information such as the distributed forces, time rate and pressure associated with your gait. It provides great visuals of just how your foot is moving, barefoot and in shoes.
This allows the practitioner to determine what type of foot orthotic is required to alleviate your symptoms and manage your foot condition. This also assists in preventative care for sports activities and enables us to inform you which muscles to strengthen or which joint of the body needs to be addressed by your physiotherapist in combination with your foot orthotics.
We can also provide a detailed report of your gait assessment, perfect for showing your Doctor, physio or even family.