Custom Foot Orthotics
Our Sports Podiatrist, Brendan Coyle, has been prescribing quality custom orthotics for 20 years. He has prescribed orthotics to international rugby players, professional footballers, amateur sportsmen, runners, walkers, and workers alike. He has the experience and knowledge to fit comfortable, functional, and effective foot orthotics, customised to your individual requirements.
What are foot orthotics?
Foot orthotics are specially made shoe inserts designed to help heal or prevent injury, relieve pain, address poor biomechanics, and even improve performance.
As we stand, walk, run and move, there are pressures and forces acting on our feet that can contribute to pain or injury. Foot orthotics are used to alter these pressures and forces and can be effective in addressing pains and injuries of the feet, ankles, legs, hips, and back.
What are the different types of custom foot orthotics you prescribe?
Custom orthoses are just that, custom. We can make orthotics that are firm and rigid, soft and flexible, and everything in between. Your orthotics are prescribed, if required, following a thorough biomechanical analysis to determine your individual requirements. We consider your injury history, footwear, foot type, and more, before prescribing your orthotics.
Precision 3D scanning and the most advanced design and manufacture technology is used to ensure your orthotics suit your unique foot shape, biomechanics, footwear, and activity type.
- Running orthotics
- Walking orthotics
- Sports-specific orthotics
- Customised prefabricated orthotics
- Cycling orthotics
- Ankle Foot Orthotics (AFOs)
Do I need orthotics?
In many cases, foot orthotics can be avoided. We won’t prescribe custom orthotics if there are effective alternative treatment options, or we believe their benefit to you would be limited. If orthotics are prescribed, seldom are they a stand-alone treatment. Soft tissue programs, footwear advice, activity modification, strappings, paddings, and various other modalities of treatment almost always accompany their prescription.
Do I need special shoes to accommodate my orthotics?
Whilst orthotics work best in certain shoes, they can be made to fit almost any shoe:
- Running shoes
- Casual shoes
- Dancing shoes
- Football boots
- Running spikes
- Dress shoes, and more
We will give you advice on the footwear best suited to address your pain, injury, and other individual requirements.
How are my orthotics fitted and what happens next?
At your fitting appointment, we will ensure your orthotics fit well to your feet and your shoes. We will get you standing and walking to ensure they’re comfortable and ready to wear. You will be provided with instructions detailing the first few weeks of their use, and we will discuss any review requirements. Rarely do we have issues with our orthotics, but in the event that there’s something not quite right, we guarantee that these concerns will be addressed and rectified.