Reasons for consultations
Children aged 4 and over: to guarantee that children grow correctly, it is essential that any gait problems are detected and resolved as soon as possible. An initial consultation is recommended at the age of 4, or earlier if the child is falling over frequently.
Sportsmen and women: People who practise a sport more than once a week risk injury and balance problems, as for example: when running, the repeated movements and shocks can create microtraumas which over time will cause problems of different kinds in the tendons (tendinitis), joints (arthritis) and muscles (cramp and torn muscles).
People who wear safety boots: rigidity is bad for your feet, but this can be offset by a suitable insole made by a foot specialist.
The elderly: their balancing system has a tendency to become less effective. A podiatric assessment and a suitable solution such as a thermoformed plantar orthotic can prevent falls and improve their balance by ensuring the right information is sent to their feet.
People who work on their feet : this position can encourage back ache and vein problems. A podiatric assessment can be made as a preventive measure.
For some types of pain :
Diabetics: the foot is one of the first parts of the body to be affected by diabetes because the body has a tendency to neglect the extremities when on the defensive. As a result, the feet of diabetics are affected by two main conditions: loss of sensitivity and reduced healing. A foot specialist will be able to provide advice about avoiding injury and can help with prevention by moulding plantar orthotics that improve balance.
People with rheumatic pathologies: (rheumatoid polyarthritis, spondyloarthropathy, psoriasis, etc.) have reduced mobility of the joints in the foot and deformation. A plantar orthotic will have two effects, reducing inflammation of the foot and preventing deformation.