InStep Foot Clinic

The Specialists in
Podiatric Medicine

Opening Hours

Monday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am - 8.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 8.00am - 2.00pm

Telephone:

01780 783982

Orthotics



What are Orthotics?

There are three different types of orthotic which we can prescribe. The most appropriate type, which will be discussed with you at the time of prescription, depends upon a number of factors including your age, and the severity & complexity of your biomechanical problem. They are:

• Off the shelf Orthotics
• Simple Orthotics
• Casted Orthotics

Breaking In

Your orthotics must be broken in gradually. It is recommended that you wear your orthotics for short periods of time when you first receive them. W e recommend wearing them for two hours on the first day and then increase their use by an hour a day, until gradually over the period of a fortnight you are comfortable wearing the orthotics all day.

If you do experience discomfort just decrease the hours worn by one or two for a couple of days. Then try and increase the hours wear again. If you are unable to achieve a full days wear in comfort; them please contact us.

Once broken in remember to wear them as often as possible, especially when walking long distances.

Exercise

Before you run or exercise in your orthotics please make sure that they are comfortable when walking in them and that you have spent at least two weeks breaking them in. When starting to exercise whilst wearing your orthotics, do less than usual, until you are sure you are comfortable wearing them.

Footwear

To get the best results from your orthotics you will need to wear an enclosed shoe with a heel height of no more than 1.5cm and which fastens to your foot securely. Slip on shoes, loafers, sandals and high heels as they become too tight and will slip off the foot preventing the orthotic from doing its job effectively.

The heel cup of your shoes must be deep enough to accommodate the orthotic. Most athletic shoes accommodate orthotics and have the added advantage of removable in-liners which can be removed to make more space for the orthotics.

Old, worn shoes and orthotics are a poor combination. Shoes that are soft or broken down will not provide the support you require for the best results from your orthotics.

When buying new shoes please ensure your orthotics fit in properly before purchase.

Possible Problems

The insertion of any orthotic device inside a shoe will alter the way in which your foot functions, affecting both joints and muscles in your feet and lower limbs.

If at any time knee, hip or back pain should occur or should your symptoms worsen, the devices should be removed from your shoes for the remainder of the day. Retry your orthotics the following day. Should this cycle persist for more than a week, discontinue the use of your orthotics and contact us.

Check your feet regularly to ensure your orthotics are not rubbing or causing blisters. This is especially important if you have loss of feeling in your feet.
Please check your orthotics regularly to ensure they are in good condition and not worn. If the top cover of your simple or casted orthotic tears, contact us and we can arrange to have this replaced.