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Orthotics and Footwear

Neuro Café 9th February 2022 by Sarah Shiner

A person knealing down, tying up their trainer laces of a bright pink trainer.
Pink trainers

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts that are custom made specifically for you.

Orthotic services provide prescription insoles, braces, splints, callipers, footwear, spinal jackets and helmets which help people recover from or avoid injury, or live with lifelong conditions.

Conor talked through some of the most commonly used devices and why they might be used, such as ankle - foot orthosis (AFOs), soft orthoses and ankle braces. Some, of which the LEGS participants currently use or will have used during their rehabilitation journey.

We discussed the importance of finding the correct footwear, with or without orthotics.

Footwear can really impact the quality of your walking, balance and comfort.

Many shoes on the market are not wide enough, or have inappropriate fastenings that make inserting orthotics difficult or impossible!

Some recommended footwear companies:

A cool looking trainer on a white background. The design of the trainer is very structural and modern looking with the Nike logo tick on the heel.
Nike Flyease Trainer

Orthotics are able to provide a range of benefits in both standing and/or swing phases of walking​ and improve function. Individuals preferences and goals must be combined, to achieve a good outcome, and will involve a discussion with your physiotherapist or orthotist.

The slides from today's Neuro Café can be found on the Members' Area of the website.

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