Plantar pressure measuring is a method which is being increasingly utilised in clinical assessments. It can be useful to assess for such things as just how much strain there is under the feet, which may be vital to figure out in those with diabetes who are in danger of a foot ulcer. Plantar pressures can also be employed to help decide how people walk and how force shifts during the gait cycle. This can be valuable information to assist clinicians order and design foot supports. This is such an fundamental topic that an episode of the live, PodChatLive was focused on this. PodChatlive is a Facebook live which has two hosts and a different guest on every show where they speak about topics of importance to podiatry and also related issues. It's also submitted to YouTube and as an audio podcast.
In that show, they talked plantar pressures and pressure mapping with Dr Bruce Williams DPM from Indiana, USA. He is a Fellow and former President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and who owns Breakthrough Podiatry in NorthWest Indiana and has substantial experience on plantar pressure measurements, pressure mapping as well as their understanding and clinical use. He uses both the in-shoe system and pressure mat equipment in his facility and has been doing this for almost 20 years now. He is well published on this topic in peer reviewed scholastic publications, so is in a position to talk about this theme. In the edition of PodChatLive they discussed exactly what the centre of pressure is and just how it can be used clinically to learn what is going on. They also discussed how pressure info has a bearing on his clinical decision making, mainly foot orthotic recommending. They reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of in-shoe compared to the mat technology and then try to provide some guidance to those who might be looking at introducing this kind of service to their clinics.