During your assessment you will receive a unique biomechanical profile, which can be used both short and long term in the treatment and prevention of repetitive injuries. The treatment plan following the results of your assessments, and if necessary the use of functional foot orthotics, can potentially have a big impact on your lifestyle by preventing long-term destructive changes associated with biomechanical dysfunction.
What are orthotic insoles?
Orthotics are individually made bespoke insoles, which are worn inside your shoes. If, during your assessment, it is identified that you need orthotics to help eliminate your problem, we can order them for you from the lab at sub-4 Health. The mould of your feet used to manufacture your orthotics is taken from ‘The sub-4 system’. This method was developed from an average of over 2000 patients feet, by Clifton Bradeley and is undoubtedly the most effective method.
How do orthotics work?
They work in many different ways. The two main ones being supporting the feet, which are excessively pronated (rolled in or collapsing), or raising one side of the pelvis when a true natural bony leg length discrepancy between each leg exists. Although bespoke orthotics can do many other things to help relieve pain, if the foot is not supported or a heel raise has not been used when needed, they will have limited effect on the body.
To obtain maximum effect, orthotics need to be worn daily, especially during activity like school, work, long walks, and sport. They may stop working if you stop wearing them and often users will wear them for many comfortable years without problems. Orthotics are hand made insoles that occasionally need to be adjusted in the first few days of use as your body adjusts back to normal patterns. They normally last approximately 5 years, giving long-term relief from pain.