Foot, leg and back problems can range from minor discomfort to debilitating, which can disrupt your normal day-to-day activities. In many cases, orthotics can help, with these special shoe or heel inserts helping to reduce pain. To find out if you need orthotics, you’ll need a fully trained biomechanical expert to conduct a physical exam of your feet. Read on to find out more about orthotics in Chelmsford.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed to treat foot, back or leg problems. These special shoe or heel inserts are custom-made for your feet, helping to place them into a better position so that pain and discomfort are reduced. An orthotic is often used when a muscle is strained or otherwise damaged since it can reduce its workload, bringing relief to the patient.

Orthotics can also help correct foot deformities by helping the foot to function more effectively and providing useful support to the ankle. They work by bringing the feet and ankles into realignment, restoring foot function, distributing weight, alleviating pressure on any ‘sore spots’, providing shock absorption, and reducing the risk of any future injuries.

Signs you might need orthotics

Whilst only a biomechanical therapist can tell you for sure if you need orthotics in Chelmsford, there are some big signs that you could benefit from them.

Orthotics can help to reduce the pain in your foot, back or leg resulting from abnormal wear on your shoes, Achilles pain, ankle pain, arthritis, flat feet, heel and arch pain, high arches, hip pain, knee pain, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and shoulder and neck problems.

A full biomechanical assessment is required to find out if you need orthotics. They will be specially prescribed to your personal feet, shoe size, height and weight.

What does a biomechanical assessment involve?

A biochemical assessment involves one of our experts assessing the alignment of your feet, knees and hips. We’ll look for biomechanical imbalances, find out if you’re experiencing any pain as a result, and suggest suitable treatment. Orthotics are often just part of a treatment plan for foot or ankle problems. Sometimes, they are prescribed together with more supportive shoes, or we might recommend physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles.

Orthotics may not be suitable in some cases. If we advise against them, we may still be able to help you with your pain and discomfort. We might suggest physiotherapy or massage, both of which we provide here at Faye Pattison Physiotherapy. Occasionally, surgery may be required, in which case we will refer you so that you can get the treatment you require.

Arrange an appointment with Faye Pattison Physiotherapy

If you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, it’s possible you may need orthotics for your feet. To find out, book an appointment with one of our biomechanical experts. We can assess your feet and prescribe specially made insoles and heel inserts for your feet. To arrange an appointment, please call us on 01245 901170 or email