Custom orthotics are used to treat many foot ailments. Initial assessments include non-weight- bearing, and weight-bearing assessments, full biomechanical assessment and gait analysis. All orthotics are produced using subtalar joint neutral plaster casting techniques.
Tips for selecting supportive footwear:
1. Go shoe shopping late in the day. Everyone’s feet get bigger as the day goes on, and you want to buy shoes when your feet are the largest to prevent blisters.
2. Always get sized, both length and width. Sizing should be done weight bearing. Shoe size can change over a short period of time, so get sized often.
3. Squeeze the heel counter of the shoe where the upper meets the sole of the shoe, the counter should not collapse. If it does collapse, it will NOT provide any rearfoot support.
4. Torque the shoe (holding the front of the shoe with one hand and the back of the shoe with the other), there should be some play with the shoe but you shouldn’t be able to turn the shoe over on itself. If there is too much torque in the shoe, it will NOT provide any support on uneven terrain.
5. Check where the shoe bends, it should bend in the ball of the foot not in the arch. If it bends in the arch it will provide no arch support, and cause foot fatigue.
6. Always buy shoes which have a way to tighten/loosen the shoe i.e. laces, Velcro or straps. If your foot swells as the day goes on you can easily adjust.