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Many of the ailments that affect the feet, ankles, legs and knees, and occasionally the back, arise from faulty bio-mechanics of the feet.

The old art of podology, practised by chiropodists has been replaced to a large extent by devices called orthotics. The aim of the orthotic is to change the way in which your foot works. The device is often more rigid than the older type of insole. A firm place, however, still remains for the simpler type of insole or soft device, which can greatly assist in comfort balance and better walking. All types of insoles and orthotics are only prescribed at the Fyfield Clinic following a comprehensive bio-mechanical examination, and in the case of orthotics, a computerised gait scan. The Clinic owns and operates one of the most advanced scanners of this type in the world, which can fully assess and measure foot function in three dimensions.

For further details of the scanner, please access our website www.footspecialist.com. A colour brochure is also available on request from the Clinic.

The treatment by functional orthotics is particularly useful for:-

Shinsplints (pain in front of legs).

Some painful knees.

Childhood problems, such as knee problems and improvement of foot posture.

Painful tendo Achilles.

Plantar fasciitis (painful heels)

Stabilisation of collapsed foot arches.

Sports injuries.

Flat feet.

Neuromas.

We supply a range of orthotics made from plastic, graphite or polypropylene. These devices can be worn as they are, but in some cases, need to be covered in leather or a shock absorbing material. Orthotics often have to be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as:-

Stretching.

Physiotherapy.

Osteopathy, and/or

Chiropractic.

We also hold a number of non-bespoke orthotics, which are simpler but effective devices for those who do not require a made to measure device.

Insoles

These devices are usually softer and flatter than orthotics and are particularly helpful in:-

Diabetic foot problems.

Arthritic (including rheumatoid) foot problems.

The senior patient who requires some cushioning as well as some mild correction.

This type of device does not normally require a scan, although we do use low-tech impression devices to obtain accurate positioning.

Foot correction can be checked with the use of the Dynastat, which is the latest technology in checking accurate foot positioning.