Most of the lower back, lower limb and foot pain can be caused by functional impairment of the abnormal gait. The cause of dysfunction may be tight muscles, muscle imbalance or abnormal bony alignment. An assessment may be necessary to evaluate the function of your lower limbs during gait. The gait analysis combined with an evaluation of footwear and walking or sports habits will usually reveal the cause of the foot-related injury or source of pain.
Once diagnosed, patients receive a tailor-made treatment plan designed to restore the foot and lower limb back to more normal and symmetrical function. Treatment plan may include footwear guidance, orthoses and exercise therapy.
Our Podiatrist specializes in Custom Orthotics, also known as prescription foot orthoses. Orthotics are custom-fit shoe inserts that alleviate most types of foot pain and ailments including abnormal pronation (turning inward of the foot), abnormal supination (turning outward of the foot) flat feet, high arched foot, heel pain, bunions, corns, and calluses, as well as various types of lower limb and back pain.
Different types of Custom orthotics are prescribed to patients based on physical need. Our Podiatrist offers Rigid, Semi-Rigid and Soft/Flexible orthotics.
Rigid orthotics provide the maximum functional control, excellent for growing children as well as patients suffering from foot, lower limb, and back pain, leg length differences and foot abnormalities.
Due to severe repetitive and prolonged stresses, sport enthusiasts are highly susceptible to foot and ankle injuries, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and repetitive ankle sprains. Semi-rigid orthotics are designed, where high degree of shock absorption and moderate functional control are recommended. Therefore semi-rigid orthotics are suitable for sports enthusiasts.
Soft orthotics maximize shock absorption for patients who no longer have the protective fat pad cushioning on the soles of their feet, resulting in painful pressure areas. Soft orthotics are recommended for elderly, arthritics, diabetics and those patients with severely deformed feet who have a difficult time moving about in shoes.
Specialised consultation and care for biomechanics and orthotics at Temple Clinic in Ealing, West London