Orthotics are insoles prescribed to correct the biomechanics of the foot and lower limb. Orthotic devices can vary from off-the shelf devices to personal hand-made customised insoles. Our goal is to provide you with a device that is functional, affordable and addresses your underlying problem. Orthotics are found to be effective for a variety of conditions (sporting, rheumatoid, tendinopathies etc.) and across various ages (teenagers, elderly). Our Physiotherapists have completed post graduate training in this area. We work closely with podiatrists and specialists (e.g. orthopaedic surgeons) when deciding the optimal device for your needs. As Chartered Physiotherapists with expert knowledge in pathology, biomechanics and injury we usually supply the orthotic as an adjunct to exercises and advice on the underlying issue.
Orthotics are particularly effective for:
- Metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot)
- Hallux Abducto-Valgus (Bunions)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Patello-femoral Pain (pain around your knee cap)
- Medial Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Pes Planus (Flat feet)
- Lower back Pain caused by ‘malalignment’
- ITB Syndrome
- Recurrent injuries
- Rheumatological conditions
On assessment, our Chartered Physiotherapists will advise you on your best options. Some conditions can be treated effectively with ‘off the shelf’ devices while others require ‘prescription’ orthotics. If you require prescription orthotics our Chartered Physiotherapists will perform a biomechanical assessment. We use a local professional orthotic company in Cork where your orthotics are constructed to suit your biomechanical profile.