Foot Orthotics

Do I need foot orthotics? What kind?

Many people come to my office complaining of foot pain from conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, a pinched nerve (neuroma), or heel pain (plantar fasciitis). I perform a thorough evaluation and examination, and together we review … READ MORE

What to know about supination of the foot

Supination and pronation are parts of a stride. Supination occurs when weight is placed on the outside of the foot while walking or running. When the opposite happens, and a person shifts their weight from the heel to the forefoot, it … READ MORE

What is overpronation?

When the arch of the foot collapses excessively downward or inward, this is known as overpronation. Sometimes, people call this condition flat feet. Overpronation is when the arches of the foot roll inward or downward when walking, … READ MORE

Does a heavy running shoe slow you down?

In a famous study three decades ago, experimental biologists strapped a pair of 1.8-kilogram weights around the waists of volunteers and found that they only had to expend about 4 per cent more energy to maintain the same running pace … READ MORE

Knee pain and how orthotics can help

Improve Mobility. Stay Healthy. Many of us suffer from chronic pain in the knees, hips or lower back. Often, there is a connection between these complaints and the way you walk. This article sheds more light on knee pain and in … READ MORE

Do orthotics for foot injuries really work?

As baby boomers age and continue to participate in sports, more and more are suffering from foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and hallux valgus. And researchers have proposed the inserts as treatments for back, hip, knee and … READ MORE

Out on a limb: The arch triumphs

The spring-like properties of the arch of the foot may improve running economy. Could the right footwear design help even more? New research from the University of Western Australia will put some extra spring in a runner’s step – … READ MORE

Custom foot orthotics

Any insole that offers an increased level of support is probably better than nothing, but the difference between a prefab [off the shelf] and a full custom orthotic is basically on a scale of varying levels of support and specificity. … READ MORE

Solving the curious case of runner’s knee

Biomechanics research reveals potential new ways to treat one of the most common running injuries. “What we found was that, regardless of which orthotic volunteers received, there was a relationship between change in biomechanics … READ MORE

Gout and the foot

Foot orthotics are suitable for gout attacks. Gout can be made more comfortable by wearing a soft supportive orthotic. This supports and cushions the foot and places less strain on the joints of the foot. Gout symptoms and treatment. … READ MORE

Orthotics part of arthritis treatment

Rheumatologists care for patients with assistive devices such as knee braces or foot orthotics. Although not involved in fitting patients with the appliances, rheumatologists still need to know how to manage these patients and … READ MORE

No need to ‘correct’ a flat foot

Gina Kolata published an excellent article in the New York Times that discusses what we do and do not know about how custom orthotics work. She interviewed renowned running biomechanists Benno Nigg, University of Calgary, and Joesph … READ MORE
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