Orthotic Therapy Services
Orthotics are custom designed insoles. They are used to control and correct abnormal foot posture and the function of lower limbs. Orthotics can be of benefit to a huge range of people. Elite athletes, young children and retirees can all benefit from the use of orthotics. Patricia Barnett Foot Care Clinic Ltd. has a range of orthotics services available.
Orthotics may be used for:
- Biomechanical Correction
Reduction of pressure
Offloading an injured tendon/muscle/joint
Controlling excessive movement
Promoting movement (rigid cavus/high arched foot type)
Biomechanics and gait assessment is an examination procedure concerned with the lower limbs. The procedure looks at muscle strength, alignment, the range of joint motion, muscle function and joint function; with a focus on how the foot, knees, hips, pelvis and back interact with each other. Pain in one region may be because of weakness elsewhere and as such it’s important to examine the body as a whole.
Abnormal walking patterns can be the cause of postural problems and may cause pain in everything from foot, ankle, knee, hip, back and in some cases even neck pain.
After a biomechanics assessment, a range of treatment options can be implemented including orthotic therapy, footwear advice, flexibility and strength advice including advice on changing current activity.
Normally, a Biomechanical assessment will last about an hour and may include a scan for custom fitted orthotics.