Many people attend the Amy Maclean Podiatry clinic with a sports injury or undiagnosed foot pain that is stopping them getting on with day-to-day tasks. It is our job as the podiatrist to diagnose the foot problem and along with the patient, create a treatment plan that works.
During your appointment, Amy carries out several tests to gather information about your feet and legs. These will include a range of motion, balance, stability and knee to foot alignment to build up a picture of how the foot and leg behaves before progressing to treatment options.
Formthotics as a treatment option.
One of the options that proves very successful for many patients is the use of Formthotics- a total contact foot orthotic. These are customised to fit the needs of each patient by heating the material up and fitting it to the patient’s foot.
It aids foot function by doing two things:
- Biomechanical control by altering the posture and movement of specific joints in the foot
- Neuromotor facilitation- due to the formthotics being in total contact with the foot, they alter the feedback to the brain which helps with balance and stability of the foot. This then in turn helps with structures further up the limb.
This treatment option can be done during your appointment, which reduces the number of return visits needed. Once fitted to the foot, the formthotics are to be moved from shoe to shoe and do fit into most shoes.
Caring for your formthotics.
Due to them being made from medical grade foam, it means that the formthotics are completely waterproof and don’t absorb germs or bacteria. This allows them to outlive most other orthotics.
To wash them, they just need a damp cloth and dried with a towel before placing them back in the shoes.
Any questions about formthotics as a treatment option, please get in touch. #amymacpod