Do I Need Orthotics for my Feet?


Here at Compass Physio we have had a lot of people asking this exact question.


Here are some truths about orthotics and when and how they can help.


Orthotics are individualised supports for the feet, which work to improve foot stability, reduce joint stress and help alleviate foot pain.


Here at Compass Physio Enfield and Castlecomer we assess whether you may benefit from orthotics.


Quick facts about Orthotics,

25 % of the bones in the body are in your feet

While running your feet impact the ground with 3-4 times the force of your body weight

The first “orthotics” date back at least 2,000 years.

Layers of wool were sometimes placed inside the sandals to give relief to foot fatigue or strain.


How do Orthotics Work?

Orthotic will help to hold your foot in the optimum position for the foot to function correctly when walking, running and standing.

Orthotics can help to relieve pressure points, improper rotation of the feet and muscle stress.

Orthotics can help a foot function as it is designed to do.

Conditions which orthotics may help Flat feet, Bunions, Plantar Fasciitis, Knee-cap pain, Shin Splints Pain in the ball of the foot Osteoarthritis of the ankle, knee or hip.


Types of insoles and the types,

There are several different types of insoles as explained below,

These insoles have different properties as described below.

At Compass Physio our Chartered Physiotherapists will help to determine the insole that best suits you.


Rigid Supports

Rigid supports are used to control the movement in the two joints of the foot directly below the ankle.

Help to prevent the foot rolling in.

Are often used for those who overload their feet or have uneven leg lengths.


Soft Supports

Soft supports act as shock absorbers. They help with balance and ease pressure points which can help to relieve pain.They are very lightweight and are often prescribed to people with arthritis or diabetes.


Semi-Rigid Support

The third category is in the middle, the semi-rigid support. Aimed at people playing sports and often made from a combination of leather and cork layers to give a person balance.


What can physiotherapy do to help?

At Compass Physio where we will complete a full physical examination. Our chartered physiotherapists will work with you to find the root cause of your problem.


Orthotics can be made to your needs by one of our experienced team.
At Compass Physio we will work to rectify these issues and help reduce symptom progression.
We may or may not recommend orthotics depending on our findings.
Remember a delay in a diagnosis may require a longer period of physiotherapy rehabilitation.

The goal of rehabilitation is to reduce pain, tension and facilitate healing. Exercise based rehabilitation will help to improve foot flexibility, build stability and help to reduce the risk of pain recurrence.

Under the guidance of a chartered physiotherapist you will be given a set of exercises which allow you to gradually build up your strength and return to normal activity.


Here at Compass Physio Enfield and Castlecomer we will tailor a program for you.

To find out how Compass Physio can help, call 046 954 9456 (this number covers all clinics), click here to book online.

You can also email any questions to info@compassphysio.ie

Paddy Mulligan MISCP Chartered Physiotherapist Compass Physio

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