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If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, legs or back, it might be time to try some custom insoles or orthotics. These specially designed insoles slot into your shoes to help ease any common foot problems you may be having. They can also be transferred from shoe to shoe and accommodate most footwear including fashion shoes. There are a range of chiropody treatments available to help ease your discomfort, so it’s worth visiting a podiatrist first to handle diagnosis and treatment. Orthotics can benefit 80% of people experiencing pain or discomfort. 

Our podiatrists here at Doncaster foot clinic are HCPC registered (Health and Care Professions Council), fully qualified and experienced to diagnose and treat chiropody and podiatry related ailments. We can help assess short and long term issues, and will advise on the appropriate course of foot care that needs to be taken. Our Biomechanics Lead Specialist Jamie Ollett performed a biomechanical assessment on deputy editor of Country Walking magazine, Nick Hallissey, who wrote the article below.

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When to See a Foot Doctor

If you are experiencing any kind of foot, leg or back pain always consult your GP or local podiatrist. Custom insoles may be constructed for individuals who need certain chiropody treatments for conditions such as:

  • Deformities of the foot
  • Bad ankle support
  • Feet or ankles that don’t function as well as they should
  • Injury
  • Foot or ankle pain 
  • Sports injury
  • Poor ankle stability
  • Big toe pain
  • Hammer toe
  • Callus and corns
  • Foot ulcers

Your Appointment

If you choose to visit a podiatrist for any foot or lower leg pain you may be experiencing, you will first be asked about your symptoms. If you can recall when the pain started, what makes it worse or what you do to relieve symptoms, then you should inform your podiatrist.

Following this, your podiatrist will conduct a thorough examination of your feet. You may be asked to walk or perform other activities to determine exactly what the problem is. Some podiatrists may also ask you to step into a special mould to determine exactly which insoles you need. Other imaging processes include X-rays and bone scans.

Here at Doncaster Foot Clinic, our HCPC registered podiatrist will conduct a thorough examination of your foot and will make a professional decision concerning which course of action to take. To book an appointment, you can call us on 01302 342 971.

How Can Orthotics Help?

Custom insoles are used in a number of chiropody treatments, and can help ease ailments such as:

  • Arthritis, both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes, which can be used to relieve stress put upon the feet
  • Flat feet and high arches, which can help put your feet into the right position
  • Plantar fasciitis, a common heel pain, which orthotics can relieve and support
  • Back pain, which can be lessened with appropriate custom insoles and footwear
  • Shin splints or shin pain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ball of the foot pain
  • Bunion pain
  • Arch pain
  • Heel pain

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What are Custom Insoles?