What has Osteopathy got to do with my feet?
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. These changes can put stress on joints higher up in your body and lead to more serious problems.
Osteopaths are often very skilled at treating treat foot problems when they occur, but sometimes don't take an overview as to why these problems originally occurred, seeing that as the realm of the podiatrist. Conversely, podiatrists will often look at foot problems in isolation, not looking at the biomechanical chain if it goes any higher than the ankle. Gavin Attewell has completed various post-graduate courses in podiatry, foot mechanics and the precription and use of orthotics. Gavin seeks to use an integrated approach in the treatment of his patients, believing that many forms of knee, back, hip or pelvic pain can be traced back to, or be aggrevated by foot/gait problems. Gavin has succesfully helped many sportsmen and women by reducing the stresses on their bodies with well fitted and appropriate orthotics, custom made for their needs.
What are prescription Orthotics?
Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your spcific foot imbalance.Orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes - they reduce the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.Orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole - and they have the advantage of having been made to fit the precise and unique shape and needs of YOUR feet.
How do they help?
Properly made orthotics are custom fitted to the support requirements of your feet. Thet help restore the normal balance and alignment of your body by gently correcting foot abnormalities, reducing pressure points, muscle strain and abnormal forces on the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Over time, custom made orthotics can bring you relief from fatigue and pain alowing you to enjoy daily activities comfortably, whether it be sport, or simply a walk around the shops!
How do I know if I have a problem?
The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
Localized Foot Pain
Leg/Knee PainAchilles/Calf Pain
Hip or Back Pain - (Even Neck &/or Jaw Pain!)
Hmmmm ....... It seems pretty all-encompassing, I know! Don't worry, not everybody with the above needs orthotics! Gavin will only recommend orthotics, when needed. Sometimes "off the shelf" orthotics are adequate and Gavin can recommend which ones to buy, supply them, or let you know where to get them.
If prescription orthotics are the best way forward, Gavin will discuss with you prices, the options available & what's involved in fitting etc.
Please see "Prices" page for costs.