Insoles

Insoles

Orthotics, including both over-the-counter (OTC) and custom-made orthotic insoles, can be effective in helping to alleviate foot pain for many people. However, whether orthotics will help with your specific foot pain depends on the underlying cause of your pain and how well the orthotics are selected, fitted, and used.

Do I need insoles?

Orthotics are primarily designed to provide support, cushioning, or correction for the feet and lower limbs. They can help alleviate symptoms, such as foot pain, arch discomfort, or gait issues, by providing additional support and altering biomechanics.

Foot Pain Relief:

Custom orthotics can alleviate foot pain caused by structural issues in the foot and ankle conditions or other congenital issues such as leg-length discrepencies or significant stiffness in the ankle which prevents smooth movement. These issues in some cases can lead to or be caused by joint pain, heel spurs, metatarsalgia and Morton’s neuroma. They provide cushioning, support and can alter joint or structural positioning to reduce discomfort.

Diabetic Foot Care

People with diabetes may benefit from custom orthotics to relieve pressure points and reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers and complications.

Arthritis and Joint Pain:

Orthotics can provide cushioning and support for individuals with arthritis in the feet and ankles, reducing pain and improving joint function.
The best way to know if you could benefit from orthotic insoles is to receive an in-depth assessment from a physiotherapist, podiatrist or other movement specialist to help you understand the route of your issue and whether you may benefit from a stock or custom orthotic.

Do insoles work?

Insoles can be effective in providing relief from certain symptoms and improving comfort. However, they may not address the root cause of the problem or provide long-term solutions for all conditions. For some individuals, insoles may be a helpful adjunct to other treatments.

However, there is generally an underlying cause to pain which can be overcome with a tailored approach to understanding your issue. Moreover, some insoles can create dependency, and can provide a structure which supports the foot passively rather than addressing the issue with conditioning and an individualised approach to rehabilitation.

We at Chews Health are often frustrated to hear stories from our patients about what they have been told by other professionals in the industry. Telling them things like “they are out of alignment” or they “need to be corrected.” These are dangerous narratives which create an impression that you are damaged or wrong and need fixing when often, the answer is a simple approach to improving function or a change to lifestyle which can be offered via rehabilitation and delivers a much more impactful long term solution.

Our top tip is to get assessed by a trustworthy clinician and to get a thorough understanding of your pain and issues before committing to spending hundreds of pounds on an orthotic which might not address the route of your issue. 

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Melanie Clarke
Melanie Clarke
2023-02-22
We’ll be forever grateful to Chews, the guys are the absolute BEST IN CLASS when it comes to a fully tailored recovery plan. Our son is a young elite competitive acrobatic gymnast who sadly had a high impact fall at gymnastics dislocating and fracturing his elbow and needed surgery, for a gymnast that trains many hours over 4 days week it was devastating blow, especially with GB competitions coming up. Once out of cast (wk 4 post opp) we started 2 x weekly physio sessions with Richard Saxton (who specialises in child’s physio), he was thorough, diligent and his amazing assessments fully supported the coaches at our sons gym to help build a safe recovery plan. The sessions with Richard and Sanford were fun, engaging and they took great care to help improve full mobility and strength. At week 7 post op our son was doing skills we thought would have taken 4mths to achieve, by week 10 he was back to full impact training, even our hospital follow up with the senior elbow consultant was blown away by the physio support we’d had and the rapid recovery. If it wasn’t for Chews we 100% would not be back training this quickly and not have had the reassurances it was safe to do so…..we’ve definitely found a physio for life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Team Chews. From Mel & JJ x x
Ruth Shearn
Ruth Shearn
2023-02-21
Have waited a few months post-treatment to write a review - just to be certain! Quite simply, I can't recommend these guys highly enough. I went to them with two badly damaged knees (miniscus tears). Having had three arthroscopes over the years, I was completely resigned to needing surgical intervention again. The Chews team had different ideas. After showing me the latest research findings, they assured me my knees could be rehabilitated without a scalpel. I had just a handful of sessions with them and am delighted to report that, six months on, my knees are great! I'm running 5k twice a week (don't laugh, I loathe running and am no spring chicken) without any pain and have taken up tennis. Everyone at Chews is passionate about their subject, knowledgeable, reassuring and friendly. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Dave Stuart
Dave Stuart
2023-02-06
I have had a chronic back condition to varying degrees for many years which more recently has forced me to have weeks off work at a time. I was recommended Chews Health by a colleague having tried other physios in the past. However, I always felt that something was missing from the plan. My back muscles would on occasion go into spasm, or my disk to impinge on my nerve, affecting my mobility and effectively setting me back to square one. I came to Chews health a bit wary and was considering surgery due to how much my back was affecting my quality of life and mental health. It has not been a straight forward recovery, but i have made significant progress through having a thorough history taken, my ongoing concerns listened to, and being provided with a clear explanation of not only the exercise plan but additionally explaining why my body was responding in varying ways. This has educated about my condition and provided me with the tools to self manage my condition more effectively should it deteriorate again.. It has not been plain sailing, but I have absolute faith in Jack and his team.
lobo
lobo
2023-01-09
I had to attend Chews Health for help with pain in my elbow and they have been a fantastic help. I am now back to 100%.
The S
The S
2023-01-05
I can thoroughly recommend Chews Health physio. Sessions from diagnosis to rehabilitation are stimulating as well as therapeutic. Jack’s holistic, insightful approach goes beyond fixing the initial problem - he builds the confidence and self-knowledge to help maintain fitness and avoid strains and niggling injuries in the future. His message that the body needs exposure to regular challenges has inspired my journey towards optimum health.
Sam Butler
Sam Butler
2022-12-21
Excellent physiotherapy. After ACL and meniscus surgery I contacted Chews Health to find out about how they could help me feel more confident about returning to more intense sport after my injury. I felt listened to and we worked on a series of different of exercises that tested my knee. Very helpful and I now feel much more confident in my abilities.
feralie Bennett
feralie Bennett
2022-11-23
I saw Richard Saxton for a chronic pain in my achillies. 2 visits, with massage and exercises: clear concise instruction, both written and verbal to do at home were realistic & adapted for my ability - I now no longer require pain relief & can walk the dogs pain free & even manage a few hills. A follow up call to review my progress was also appreciated. The clinic was clean & well equipped. Would highly recommend.
Philip Conroy
Philip Conroy
2022-11-16
When I had severe back pain I was seen within 24 hours. The problem was resolved after 3 weeks of physiotherapy and exercises. I subsequently took up the annual gym membership package which includes regular reviews by the Physiotherapists. I feel this has benefitted me greatly as I had no previous experience of gyms and ensured I was using the equipment in the correct manner. At all times the staff have been very friendly and professional.
Maureen Morris
Maureen Morris
2022-11-10
Helped me tremendously. Lovely people - everyone very very supportive.
Cecilia Wright
Cecilia Wright
2022-10-31
I had been suffering from plantar fasciitis for some months and went Chews Health in the summer for shockwave treatment, after my podiatrist said she had heard good reports about it. Until then I had been resting, exercising it, icing it, using insoles etc., none of which had made much difference. I booked six treatments at the start (recommended) and by the time of the last treatment It was hardly noticeable, so much better! I’ve had two further treatments over the last month, just to be on the safe side, and I’m doing some exercises now to build up the strength in my calf and foot. Chews Health comes with heartfelt recommendations from me, they are friendly, very knowledgeable and best of all - they have fixed my sore foot!