O is for Osteopaths and Orthotics

O is for Osteopaths and Orthotics | Thierry Payet

Osteopaths deal with the whole body. From the head right down to the toes, they treat specific conditions as well as working towards improving your overall health.

While orthotics are shoe inserts that correct biomechanical foot issues.

For the past 25 years, Osteopath Robin Kiashek has treated a number of ailments –  including those relating to feet. And, over the years, he has been able to work with a range of healthcare professionals to place his patients at the forefront of care.


Referring a specialist


One professional in Robin’s network is Christophe Champs, a consultant in Podiatry and Biomechanics and founder of London-based PODO, which specialises in same-day orthotics.

Robin refers patients to Christophe should their lower limb issues require additional expertise or when he feels they could benefit from some orthotic help.

That’s because, as Robin puts it: “There is a relationship between the biomechanics of the feet and the pelvic region, as there is a ‘closed chain’ between feet and pelvis.

“If there are imbalances in the pelvis, it is important to check the feet for dropped arches and/or a change in foot biomechanics. Or if someone is suffering with achilles tendinitis, I can refer them for specialist orthotic advice.”


So what does PODO specialise in?


Christophe says: “Essentially, PODO centres on same day orthotics, creating bespoke orthotics within a single 90-minute appointment using a range of thermo-mouldable materials.”

Rather than sending foot casts over to factories, Christophe moulds the orthotics, layer by layer, directly onto a patient’s foot, so you can walk away with them at the end of your appointment.

Christophe continues: “I think of the PODO Clinic and Workshop as a garage for the human body, offering a full MOT to ultimately result in a healthier, and pain-free lifestyle.”


How can orthotics help you?


Christophe tells us: “Orthotics don’t solely affect your feet, but your knees, hip, back, and neck too, positively impacting your entire body.

“Depending on your requirement, and lifestyle we have two different types of orthotics. This includes:

  • Short orthotics (3/4 length)

“This leaves the toe area free,” Christophe says. “Short orthotics are deal for dressy or casual shoes with little or no volume inside available. I’d recommend these for golfers and weightlifters.”

  • Long orthotics (full length)

“This is ideal for casual shoes and sport trainers,” Christophe tells us. “It tends to be runners, cyclists, and skiers’ favourite set type.”


A final word from Robin


“It’s fantastic to have Christophe’s expertise as part of my patient care toolbox. Sometimes patients present with problems relating to their knee, calf or pelvis. These are in fact because of the biomechanics of their foot.

“They might have too much pronation, or a collapsed arch. But with some osteopathic treatment and orthotics, we can get them back on their feet again.”


Get in touch

If you are looking to restore the normal function of your body, get in touch with Robin. Whether it’s a head, back or foot problem, Robin is able to improve a range of ailments.

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