We use orthotics to help manage a wide variety of painful foot, ankle and lower limb conditions. At Footcare Scotland, we believe that foot orthoses should only ever form part of a successful treatment plan. We also utilise education, rehabilitation, activity modification, injection therapy and footwear modification to ensure that we can get you back to your chosen activity as quickly and safely as possible.
What are Orthotics
Orthotics are special medical devices that are worn in your shoes. We regularly use Orthotics to successfully treat many lower limb injuries. These conditions would include plantar fasciitis, painful flat foot, sesamoiditis, Achilles tendinopathy, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, shin splints and anterior knee pain.
Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Orthotics are also used to improve the mobility and comfort, as well as reducing the risk of foot complications, in patients with Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Custom Made Orthotics
Custom foot orthoses should be unique to you and your presenting complaint. We utilise state of the art 3D scanning and 3D printing to produce our custom-made orthotics. Each pair are carefully designed and manufactured for precision and comfort.
Off the Shelf Orthotics
We also use lots of different types of off-the-shelf orthoses in clinic. When using an off the shelf device, the design and materials will be carefully chosen for your problem. Using off the shelf orthotics doesn’t give us the same control over the design of the device and they tend not to have the same lifespan as a custom device. However, they can be a good alternative when orthotics are only needed in the short term or when a cheaper option is required.
How do Orthotics Work?
Historically we have been led to believe that orthotics re-align or correct the skeleton. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support this argument. Their actual action is much more complicated. Simply put, they modify or change the forces and stresses that are placed upon tissues.
What is the process?
Before we prescribe foot orthoses in the clinic, you can be guaranteed that your Podiatrist will have considered all of the treatment options available. We will have formed a clear and concise treatment plan, designed around your individual diagnosis and needs. Our Podiatrists have an excellent understanding of the design and manufacture process so are best placed to prescribe orthotics that are designed for your individual complaint.
The process begins with us capturing the unique shape of your foot. We normally do this with a state of the art 3D scan but we may also use foam impression boxes. This is then sent to our orthotic lab, Epione Orthotics, who are based in Aberdeen. Using powerful computer programs, they will expertly design your orthotics before precision 3D printing or milling them. The turnaround time from scanning to manufacture is 10 working days. We can however, turnaround more quickly where time is of the essence.
We have worked with many people to help them on the road to recovery with the right orthoses. Here are just a few of examples:
“I’ve been having insoles made for the past 18 years or so, from various NHS sources. I came to Scotland and for a variety of reasons decided to give Footcare Scotland a try and they have made me possibly the greatest pair of insoles I have ever had. If you need a Podiatrist, I would recommend these guys (especially Alastair) as your first port of call.” NS
“Alastair quickly diagnosed my problem, that I required bespoke orthotics which would relieve the pressure on my metatarsal. The Physio app Alastair recommended is ideal for you to undertake your exercises at work or home, and in the correct manner. I’d definitely recommend Footcare Scotland and Alastair.” WB
“After giving up on ever running due to my flat feet and the pain I usually experienced on the few occasions I attempted a short run, Alastair recognised a variety of problems that were contributing to my difficulties and recommended a series of exercises combined with custom orthotics. Within a few months I was running 5K and not long after I completed a half marathon.” SH