What is an orthotic, and how do they work?

An orthotic is a corrective device inserted in the shoe to improve foot and lower limb function, similar to wearing a pair of eye spectacles.

Orthotics are normally prescribed as part of a physiotherapy course to reduce the strain on the lower limb's pain-sensitive tissues. Rarely, orthotics alone will fully alleviate your pain. Orthotic prescription is usually an adjunct to other physiotherapy treatment techniques.

Our orthotics are prescribed by a specialist chartered physiotherapist after a full foot and lower limb assessment. They will be prescribed for your feet only.

shoes 1260816 640It is strongly recommended that all clients book a follow-up appointment for 3 weeks after collecting and wearing in a pair orthotics to assess the effect on pain, progress exercises and provide further other treatment as may be required.

Instructions for use:

Each insole is marked with 'R' right and 'L' left and should be placed into your footwear. An existing insole can be removed to create extra space in the shoe. It may be necessary to insert your orthotic in shoes half a size larger than you would normally wear, so it is best to wait until you have received your new orthotics before buying new shoes.

We recommend you begin by wearing your orthotics for 30-60 minutes only and gradually 'wear in' devices over a period of 2-6 weeks.

Care of devices:

Remove devices from footwear every night to air.

If necessary clean gently with a damp sponge, lukewarm water and a mild detergent. The orthotics are not machine washable. Do not expose to direct heat or strong sunlight.

Orthotic review and renewal:

Orthotics, like any shoe, wear down with use and should be reviewed with your chartered physiotherapist every 2 years.

If you have any questions about orthotics, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In good health,

Lorraine Carroll

Chartered Physiotherapist


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