Pedorthics is the science and practice of evaluating, fabricating, and delivering footwear and foot orthoses to prevent, ease, or treat painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle caused by disease, congenital defect, overuse, or injury. Pedorthics combines knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanical evaluation.
Pedorthic products are aimed at:
- Alleviating painful or debilitating conditions of the lower limb.
- Accommodation of foot deformities.
- Re-alignment of anatomical structures.
- Redistribution of external and internal forces.
- Improvement of balance.
- Control of biomechanical function.
- Accommodation of circulatory special requirements.
- Enhancement of the actions or limbs compromised as a result of accident, congenital deformity, neural condition, or disease.
Patients may visit a pedorthist because they suffer from foot problems including calluses, diabetic ulcers, arthritis, or sports injuries that affect their ability to walk. Pedorthists can help patients avoid surgery by creating or modifying footwear as part of an overall treatment plan. The footwear that pedorthists provide can be crucial to restoring mobility or simply making shoes more comfortable.