Customised orthotics are not just insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances personalised to correct your specific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortable as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise measurements of your gait (the way we walk).
We provide innovative, made to measure orthotics, designed to gently reduce problems associated with pressure points, muscle strain and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Over time, customised orthotic support will bring you relief from fatigue and pain, allowing you to enjoy daily activities comfortably, often increasing energy levels and encouraging individuals to be more active.
Here at The Orthotic Works we don’t just take a cast of your foot and send you home. We give you our undivided attention, and work with you until you’re back on your feet. Starting with a computer analysis of your feet, at rest, in motion and in footwear, the information we gather about your day-to-day activities and the footwear you spend most of your time wearing, provides us with all the detail necessary to solve your specific problem.
A follow up appointment can be made should you need any minor adjustments once your orthotics are broken in, a millimetre of adjustment could make a difference at a later stage.
The Orthotic Works are a custom manufacturer of orthotic and provider of medical grade footwear. The company has been relieving foot, knee and back pain since 1976 and can provide consultancy, gait scan, generic and fully customised orthotics.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need orthotics?
If you have pains in the feet such as tired aching feed, heel pains, bunions, metatarsalgia (pain in the balls of feet), callouses and hammer toes this can be a result of faulty alignment of joints in the foot and altered biomechanics. If the pain is worse or brought on by standing, walking or running then orthotics will help realign joints and reduce symptoms.
In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, orthotics may provide benefits for:
- People who must walk or stand excessively at their workplace
- People active in sports, as orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength
- Overweight individuals, where orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet
- Older adults, who may have developed arthritis in their feet, orthotics are particularly effective in relieving foot fatigue and discomfort
- Children who have a foot deformity
Will orthotics help my knee, hip and back pains?
For many people knee, leg, hip and back pain can be the result of poor foot function – this leads to an imbalance in body posture and misalignment of the joints and muscular system. An orthotic will help to realign structures and reduce stress on the joints, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Can I run or go to the gym with them in my shoes?
Yes, we have a range of orthotics to suit most lifestyles, these include the sports orthotic that is made to absorb the impact exercise or running has on the feet. As well as the sports orthotic we also do a casual orthotic for everyday wear and dress orthotic. The dress orthotic is a slimmer fit therefore can be worn in dressier slimmer fitting gents and ladies shoes.
How long do they last?
Our customised orthotics come with a three year guarantee. However, we recommend you get your orthotics checked every couple of years. They probably won’t have changed, but it’s likely you will have. Adjustment and alterations are simple and quick to do, so your old orthotics can make you feel like a new you.
Do you do orthotics for children?
Yes we do orthotics for children, although we all know how fast they can grow. Therefore children’s orthotics are half the price of adult orthotics, this is up to the age of 16.
So what do I do next?
Book a personal consultation and foot scan to determine whether orthotics will be of benefit to you. At which stage we can advise on whether our customised orthotics would be of benefit to you and what to expect, or whether one of our generic orthotics would be suitable for your needs.
Please call or email us for more information if you have any further questions, or to book an appointment at the Orthotic Works on Nunnery Lane, York city centre.