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Foot Biomechanical Assessment & Orthotics

Blackrock Clinic Services & Procedures Physiotherapy Department Foot Biomechanical Assessment & Orthotics

FOOT PAIN: Foot pain can affect anybody and is often caused by poor alignment and poor foot function, resulting most commonly from:

Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs (Heel Pain)
  • Achilles tendonitis (Rear Foot pain)
Metatarsalgia (Forefoot pain)
  • Bunion (Big Toe Pain)
Arthritis of the Foot
  • Tired/aching feet/legs
Tibial Stress syndrome (Shin splints)
  • PesPlanus (Flat Feet)
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Orthotics are insoles prescribed to correct the biomechanics of the foot and any associated symptoms. Correctly fitted orthotics aim to reduce stress through the joints and muscles and will optimise the patient’s posture and overall back function. Orthotics can vary from simple arch supports to customised insoles. Foot pain pic

Blackrock Clinic’s chartered physiotherapists will decide what best suits a patient’s needs after completing a full biomechanical assessment.

An orthotic evaluation includes:

  • A detailed history
  • Analysis of how the patient’s feet affect posture and movement
  • If recommended, a gait scan

Common conditions often treated by orthotics include:

  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Tired aching legs and feet
  • Achilles tendon problems
  • Shin splints
  • Flat feet
  • Lower back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of knee, hip and ankle
  • Knee joint pain
  • Heel pain
  • Bunions

Following your evaluation, custom made orthotics can be ready within two weeks.

In some instances a patient may require a scheduled 30-minute appointment if the orthotics need to be further adapted to the patient’s specific needs.

It is advisable to break-in orthotics over a 4 – 6 week period after which the physiotherapist will review progress.

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