Do you suffer from foot, leg, or back problems? If so, you may be wondering if you require orthotics Chelmsford. These special shoe or heel inserts can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort in these parts of the body, however, they need to be prescribed by a highly trained biomechanical expert after conducting a full physical examination of your feet.

What are orthotics and how do they work?

Prescribed to treat various foot, leg, or back problems, orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts that are custom-made specifically for your feet. The basic function of an orthotic is to put the foot into a better position, alleviating pain and discomfort. If a muscle is damaged or strained, the right orthotic will do the muscle’s work for it, reducing its workload and achieving relief for the patient. Orthotics can help to correct foot deformities, helping the structure to function better. They can also provide valuable support to the ankle and reduce the risks for further injuries.

Do I need orthotics?

Only a highly trained biomechanical therapist can prescribe orthotics. Therefore, if you feel that you might need orthotics to relieve the pain in your foot, leg or back, it makes sense to book an appointment with one of our specialist team here at Faye Pattison Physiotherapy.

If you have any of the below symptoms or conditions, it’s possible you may need orthotics and to get booked in for a biomechanical assessment:

  • Abnormal wear on your shoes
  • Achilles pain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Ball of the foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Flat Feet
  • General aches and pains playing sport
  • Heal and arch pain
  • High arches
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain / patella femoral syndrome
  • Lower back problems
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin Splints or shin pain
  • Shoulder & neck problems

These are some of the most common signs that you might need orthotics.

What does a biomechanical assessment involve?

When you choose Faye Pattison Physiotherapy for orthotics Chelmsford, your initial assessment will be free of charge. A full biomechanical assessment will be carried out, with one of our fully trained team carefully examining the alignment of your feet, knees and hips. We’ll let you know if there are any biomechanical imbalances, discuss with you any pain you’re experiencing as a result, and suggest a suitable treatment plan.

Orthotics are sometimes just one part of a treatment regime for foot and ankle problems. They may be prescribed in conjunction with more supportive shoes or physical therapy exercises, for example.

If orthotics aren’t right for you, we may still be able to help you with your condition. You may benefit from physiotherapy, massage or soft tissue therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary, in which case we’ll refer you to a clinic or hospital where you can get the treatment you require.

Book an orthotics appointment today

If you think you may require orthotics Chelmsford, contact Faye Pattison Physiotherapy today. Call us on 01245 901170 to book an appointment with of one our biomechanical therapists. You can also request a callback via our website or email We will get back to you as soon as we can.