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Daily Notes #4 - The Secrets of Custom Orthotics...

Friday, March 15, 2024



Trivia Question❓

What year was the first recorded use of custom orthotics for foot alignment, and who was the notable individual credited with their introduction?

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter

Just a couple months ago I held another granddaughter for the first time (and I have another coming next month).  This is truly one of the greatest joys and blessings of this life!  The little infant is a marvel to me, from the eyes to the engineering masterpiece that is the feet.  I am amazed each time I examine a small foot or each time I see a child start to walk.

But this engineering masterpiece may not always function at the most optimal level.  I myself am very flat footed and walk in a pronated position, as opposed to landing supinated (outside of the heel) and rolling to the big toe (the ideal way to walk 😉). Most people we see (especially if they have pain) also walk different than the ideal.

It is for this reason we create custom orthotics...note I didn't say arch supports or shoe inserts (both of these are different).  An orthotic is designed to optimize the way the foot functions, leading to less pain, less fatigue and ultimate better function of the foot, knee, hip and leg.  I have even seen stress on the back reduced with the proper orthotic.

Although not everyone needs orthotics, it is something you should consider, especially if you have pain!

Custom orthotics are more than just shoe inserts. They are personalized medical devices that correct and support your unique foot structure and function. By aligning the foot and ankle into the most efficient position, they relieve discomfort, improve balance, and enhance overall mobility. Beyond providing immediate relief from foot-related issues, they also prevent further complications associated with poor foot mechanics. Whether for daily use, sports, or specific medical conditions, custom orthotics play a crucial role in maintaining foot health and, by extension, your overall wellbeing.


Title: "101 Facts About Custom Orthotics In 2023"

Synopsis: This article explores various benefits of custom orthotics, including improved pain management, injury prevention for conditions like plantar fasciitis, and potentially even enhancing athletic performance. It also highlights research suggesting orthotics can reduce injury risk by up to 41% for stress fractures.

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Title: "Does orthotics use improve comfort, speed and injury rate during running? Preliminary analysis of a randomised control trial"

Synopsis: This is a preliminary analysis of a randomized controlled trial on the impact of orthotics for runners. While more research is needed, initial findings suggest orthotics may significantly improve comfort and running speed compared to no orthotics.

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Title: "Custom foot orthoses improve first-step pain in individuals with unilateral plantar fasciopathy: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial"

Synopsis: This research explores the effectiveness of custom orthotics for plantar fasciitis pain. The study suggests that custom orthotics, used with new shoes, can be more effective in reducing first-step pain than using new shoes alone or with a sham intervention over a 12-week period.

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Q: How do I know if I need custom orthotics?

A: You might need custom orthotics if you experience foot pain, uneven shoe wear, or have a medical condition affecting your feet or lower limbs.  You may also need them if your legs and feet get really tired throughout the day.

Q: Can custom orthotics help with back, knee, or hip pain?

A: Yes, although custom orthotics don't directly treat back, knee or hip pain directly, proper foot alignment provided by custom orthotics can alleviate stress on the knees, hips, and lower back, potentially reducing pain in these areas.

💡 Answer to Trivia Question:

The first recorded use of custom orthotics dates back to the early 20th century, specifically in 1905. Dr. William Scholl, an inventor and podiatrist, is credited with their introduction.


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