Custom-made orthotics (insoles for shoes) are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction and assistance to your feet, helping them to perform in a more efficient manner. Poor foot function may be the cause of pain you are experiencing in your fee, knees, hips or back. Custom-made orthotics (insoles for shoes) can help relieve your discomfort by realigning and stabilising the bones in your feet, in turn restoring your natural walking pattern.
This information is also summarised in an analysis report that can be printed for your to see. The report findings will help us evaluate your foot function and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to faulty foot mechanics. This information will assist in determining the need for orthotics therapy and will aid in the manufacturing of orthotics (insoles for shoes) to support your feet.
Being able to move efficiently is important in avoiding injuries. Having joints capable of providing sufficient movement and muscles capable of producing sufficient force is vital to generate an efficient gait cycle.
If joints are stiff, limiting range of motion, or muscles are weak, the body must find ways of compensating for the problem, leading to biomechanical abnormalities.
Examples of biomechanical abnormalities include:
- Over pronation
- Over supination
- Hip hiking (or hitching) where the hip lifts on the one side
- Pelvic tilt
The following is a list of common overuse injuries associated with poor gait biomechanics:
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lower back pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Runner’s knee
- Jumper’s knee
One way that you can get an idea for yourself whether you pronate, supinate or have a neutral foot strike is to look at the wear of your trainers or shoes. These must be shoes that you have worn a lot so that there is a pattern of wear on the sole.