Foot Orthotics are devices designed to either accommodate a deformity or lesion or change the way the foot functions to treat pain, injuries or pathology.
Orthoses take various forms and are constructed of various materials. All are concerned with improving the body’s gait and minimising stress forces that could ultimately cause deformity and pain. Foot orthoses fall into three broad categories: those that primarily attempt to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. There are a wide range of ready made orthosis that provide different functions and can be provided at the time of consultation. Mr Livingstone will advise on which device may be suitable dependent on a full assessment of the problem and yourself. The advantage of ready made devices is their immediate use to alleviate your problem and cost. My fees for orthosis are located on the fees page of this website bear in mind there will be additional costs for consultations and any investigations required.
Whilst every effort is made to prescribe orthoses that will fit into your existing footwear – you would have bought your shoes to fit around your foot not your foot plus orthotics. In addition to this the orthoses will change the function of your foot so may result in previously comfortable shoes becoming uncomfortable. The best advice is to find one pair of shoes either old ones or specifically purchased to fit the orthoses into. Then slowly over time adapt your everyday footwear so as to accommodate the Orthoses. The use of orthotics are prescribed as a conservative approach to many foot, knee, hip and back problems; their use is a highly successful, practical treatment.