What are orthotics?
Orthotics (From Greek meaning ‘to straighten, to align’)
Foot orthotic insoles are devices inserted into shoes to provide support for the foot by redistributing ground reaction forces acting on the foot joints while standing, walking or running. They can be used by everyone from children to athletes and the elderly to accommodate bio-mechanical conditions and a variety of soft tissue injuries including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
Who wears orthotics?
People from who walks or life wear orthotics. Workers, children, sports men and women including; runners, athletes, footballers, racquet sport players, walkers and ramblers.
PostureFit supply orthotic insoles in a variety of styles to meet our clients needs, footwear requirements, budgets and personal choice. These include simple heel cushions, off the shelf devices and our flag ship product – Phits 3D Printed orthotics
Phits 3D printed foot orthotics are industry leading and are using the very latest technology. PostureFit Phits orthotics are used to effectively treat pain and injuries of our clients in these specific areas:
Foot orthoses may also be used in conjunction with properly fitted footwear in the prevention of foot ulcers in the at-risk diabetic foot. PostureFit orthotic fitting services first ensure optimum function of the foot so that the finished device provides the optimum comfort and function.
Prior to orthotics being prescribed PostureFit will undertake a full body bio-mechanical assessment along with muscle and joint screening, to identify any underlying condition which may be contributing to your specific issue. During the assessment Footscan analytical software will be used to look at the fine detail of your stance and walking pattern.
PostureFit is unique in it’s blended approach to treatment. Where orthotics are identified as a suitable treatment option every effort is made to ensure your feet are performing to their dynamic best. Both feet should act as a dynamic adaptable foundation for the rest of the body as we go about daily activities. Unfortunately as a result of modern life our feet lose their optimum dexterity:
- wearing restrictive and unsuitable footwear
- spending our lives on flat solid surfaces
- living a sedentary life at work and home
- posture adaptions due to our life histories, injuries and incidents
We must remember the human body is over 1 million years old in design and we were built to be barefoot on soil or sandy surfaces. Not many of the global population still live in this state.
The foot structure is not dissimilar to that of the hand, but who do you know who can demonstrate the same level of dexterity and control in their feet as they have in the hands?
It may take a period of bedding in before you can wear your orthotics comfortably all day. You may have to moderate the time you wear your devices during the initial weeks, particularly if you are wearing them for sport or during long period of standing and walking.