Orthotics

What are Orthotics ? Orthotics are a medical grade range of corrective insoles. They are placed in your shoes to correct the alignment of the bones in your feet.  To know if you require orthotics you should first arrange an initial diagnostic visit to your chiropodist, who will carry out a biomechanical assessment into the way your foot moves. If there are any biomechanical issues, corrective measures can then be taken to counter any problems.  Do you suffer from pain in the foot, ankle, knee or hip? This may be solved by wearing orthotics. This is what happens to our body when our feet are off balance. There are lots of different types & brands of generic orthotics/insoles available on the market. You can find them in most pharmacies, shoe shops and even in supermarkets. These insoles offer limited comfort...

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The pain of cracked heels, what causes them and what can I do.

  Oh the pain, I think together with an ingrown toenail nothing compares to the pain of cracked heels. One of the most common problems our podiatrists at Dublin City Foot Clinic encounter (especially during the summer) is cracked heels. So, what causes our heels to crack open often so badly that they can bleed. Well, to be honest there is no one answer to this question, as there are a number of possible causes. Undoubtedly having a tendency towards dry skin can be a problem, this can be simply age related (our feet loose moisture as we age) or related to other medical conditions such as an under active thyroid gland, vitamin A deficency and diabetes. Other conditions can also increase the hard skin production. These include Psoriasis which decreases the skin viability and some forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis...

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