The feet are one of the most used parts of our bodies and they provide a stable foundation for us to move forward with every step we take. The feet go through a set of movements known as the gait cycle to enable us to walk correctly. As most people spend a lot of time on their feet during the day, when something goes wrong in the gait cycle, problems can occur as an imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs. Many of these problems can be helped by the use of a foot orthosis which can re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn, this can help alleviate problems in other parts of the body.
One of the most commonly known devices prescribed by podiatrists to help restore foot function is an arch support (orthotic insole), which when correctly fitted will restore the natural function of the feet. They work by producing a more even distribution of body weight, taking pressure of sore spots, e.g. the ball of the foot and they can provide some shock absorption. Orthotic insoles can benefit people with foot/ leg pain or discomfort due to walking imbalances such as flat feet, heel pain, knee pain and shin pain. Once fitted they can be used every day and may benefit:
Insoles are usually produced commercially by specialist companies and are priced according to the type and function. Your podiatrist may suggest insoles to help your condition and he will advise you of the costs and benefits.