Foot assessment and orthotic prescription

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are orthopaedic insoles designed to restore and improve regular balance and joint alignment.

They are often used for biomechanical problems such as;

Heel pain

Shin splints

Fallen arches


Knee pain

Back pain

Ankle instability…

And much more!!

A foot and ankle biomechanical assessment can be carried out with a view to basic orthotic prescription including follow up adjustments.


“The human foot was originally designed to travel on soft, natural surfaces like earth and sand. Unfortunately, we now spend every day walking and standing on unnatural hard, flat surfaces like pavements and floors. The problem of walking on these surfaces may alter biomechanics. This may lead to potential arthritic changes and consequently a reduction in foot function, pain and disability.”

Professor Keith Rome, Professor of podiatry, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT University.

What do we offer?

Initially a biomechanical assessment of the foot and its interaction with the lower limb will determine whether corrective orthotics are appropriate.

Observations – in standing

– swelling

– bony alignment

– range of motion

– power

– balance

– ligament stability

– walking pattern

– calluses

– lower limb alignment

– footwear

Specific exercises, manual treatment, electrotherapy and stretches may also be advised to improve the resolution of symptoms.

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