Biomechanics & foot orthotics
What are Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are biomechanical devices that address each individual’s lower limb malalignments. They are specialised insoles that fit into your shoes to help improve your foot’s function. They are custom-made to your specific needs.
What is a Biomechanical Assessment?
It is an in-depth measurement of the alignment of your feet and lower limbs and a casting to capture your foot’s neutral position. The orthotics (insoles) are then prescribed to help your feet perform optimally. They not only help resolve aches and pains but have also been shown to improve performance times and efficiency in a variety of sports.
Kristin Giussani is a specialist in biomechanics and foot orthotics. She has a Masters degree in Physiotherapy and has attended several post-graduate courses in foot and ankle biomechanics. Additionally, she presents lectures on the subject and has over 15 years experience in prescribing custom-made foot orthotics (insoles). As a physiotherapist and sports medicine expert, she brings a holistic approach and unique viewpoint to treating musculoskeletal biomechanical problems.
When your feet hit the ground... everything changes!
Aching feet and painful lower limb problems do not have to be endured. Malalignment of the soft tissues and joints in the foot and ankle can often be the cause of pain. These malalignments can cause the foot to have a collapsed arch (over-pronation) or too high and rigid of an arch (over-supination). Both of these foot types can be contributing to your pain.
What common problems are reported?
-Corns and Callouses
-Aching / tired feet
-Ankle sprains and weakness
-Sports-related overuse injuries
After 12,000 steps per day...
…it is no wonder!!!! Our feet take the strain of our every day activities and every step transmits forces upwards through the body. Therefore, these foot malalignments are not always felt in the feet. The stress and pain can be experienced in areas such as the:
Orthotics are effective in the treatment of:
-Ilio-tibial (ITB) syndrome
-Anterior Knee Pain
-Low Back Pain