Foot orthoses are devices that are worn in shoes either to change the way the foot works whilst walking or to provide cushioning or support. They are also used to address pains outside of the foot, such as ankle, knee, hip and back pain. We do not prescribe orthoses for all of our patients. Orthoses are very effective when prescribed correctly, but they are not appropriate for everyone and can cause more problems if prescribed when they shouldn’t have been. More information about the various types that we prescribe can be found on our orthoses page.