What Are Foot Orthotics?

As your feet support the full weight of your body it is important to note that when a small problem occurs in the feet the style of your walk changes which in turn changes the way in which you hold your place and in the way you walk. This will, in turn, put pressure and stress on joints higher up in your body and this can lead to more serious problems, which is why sometimes foot problems present as knee, hip, back or even neck pain! Foot pain is one of the most common conditions that the long-suffering patient does not realize as something that can easily be cured with foot orthotics.

You may be asking yourself what are custom Foot Orthotics? These are insoles for your shoes which are custom made just for your feet and correct any imbalance you may have. They are sometimes called "orthopedic insoles" and fit into your shoes as comfortably and easily as ordinary insoles but have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.

When you visit your specialist he will take a foot scan as you walk across a pressure plate where thousands of tiny sensors capture the distribution of pressure of the foot over time. This information is then sent to a computer which displays pictures of the pressure under your foot and helps pinpoint where your foot problem lies. If your specialist thinks you need foot orthotics he will send the data to a laboratory where your insole will be manufactured specifically to your needs and you and your feet can look forward to a pain free life.

While prevention is better than a cure there are lots of treatments available to counteract foot pain, but when it comes to orthotics Cork residents are lucky to have numerous options on their doorstep.