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Foot orthoses (also known as “orthotics”) are custom foot supports. They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter (OTC) arch supports and balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs.  

Orthotics can work on foot complaints like bunions, calluses and corns, heel pain, Achilles tendinopathy and as our feet are the foundation of our body, they’ll provide relief for back, hip, and knee pain.

If you have any of the following symptoms then Orthotics could be of benefit to you:

  • Foot pain standing or walking

  • Repetitive muscle tightness/tears/strains; eg. calf, hamstring, TFL etc

  • Knee pain

  • Hip pain

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Bunions/calluses/corns

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Mortons Neuroma

  • Shin Splints

  • Patella Femoral Syndrome

If these symptoms are present then a podiatrist will carry out a biomechanical analysis. Biomechanics is the study of human motion.

Here in the Jayne Orr Foot Clinic, we use gait analysis to assess each patients needs.

During the gait scan, you will be asked to stand on and walk across a scanning mat. The gait scan records your timing sequences during gait as you walk across a pressure plate containing thousands of sensors. This allows the podiatrist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether you would benefit from wearing custom made foot orthotics.

As you walk across the pressure plate, thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of your foot over time. The scanner maps foot pressure and the computer displays 2D and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot. You can see where you have too much or too little pressure. The information is then summarised in a report. The report findings will help to evaluate your foot function and determine if the foot, back or knee pain you are experiencing is related to faulty foot function. If it’s decided that you need orthotics, the data is sent to a laboratory where your custom made orthotics are manufactured specifically for you and your feet.