Benefits of Podiatry Assessment
- Relief of foot pain and lower limb pain.
- Prescription and provision of orthoses (specialist shoe insoles).
- Use of techniques with minimal invasion.
- Preventative care for people with specific conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation and various forms of arthritis.
- Recognition of systemic medical conditions which may first manifest themselves within the foot and alleviation of the effects of these disorders such as inflammation or ulceration.
- Routine care of problem nails, corns and callus.
- Ingrown toenails and other problem toenails
- Fungal infections (athletes foot)
- Diabetic foot care advice
- Big Toe Problems
- Foot Tendon Problem
- Rigid Foot Types
- Flat Feet
- Heel Pain and Plantar fasciitis
- Shin Pain
- Knee Pain
- Back Pain
An orthotic device (or orthoses) is a shoe insert which you may be recommended following a biomechanical assessment / gait analysis with a Podiatrist. These can be either pre-fabricated devices (not bespoke to an individual but a cheaper option) or custom made devices which are manufactured from a plaster cast of the feet and a bespoke prescription.
- Improve shock absorption
- Improve stability (proprioception)
- Alter problematic foot mechanics
- Change moments around joints (e.g. decrease pronation at the sub-talar joint)
- Reduce force within injured tissue
- A flatter abdomen, toned arms and thighs and a stronger back
- A refreshing mind-body workout
- Sport Enhancement
Orthoses will usually feel very strange at first and a period of slow and gradual introduction is often advised. You can often play sport on an orthotic device within 2 weeks of its issue, although everyone is different with respect to how they adapt to this change in position and movement of the foot.