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How do podiatrists use foot orthotics?

The idea of foot orthotic dosing continues to be having even more attention in recent years. It is actually using the analogy of drugs or medication dosage. Each person who is on a different drug or medicine for a medical problem really should theoretically taking an individual measure or amount of that medicine. The same needs to be the scenario for foot supports. A distinct “dose” of foot orthotic should really be applied. Many times foot orthoses are all given the similar measure of foot orthotic, especially in clinical studies or research. An instalment of the regular podiatry livestream, PodChatLive tackled this issue. The hosts of PodChatLive chatted with Simon Spooner to try to emphasize some of the constraints of foot orthoses analysis depending on the idea. They pointed out the best way clinicians really should be looking at all conclusions from research made in the framework of those constraints. They talked about as to what “perfect” foot orthotic research could look like, the points we may need to ‘measure’ and the apparent discussion between your lab and the clinic. Most of all they reviewed exactly what ‘dosing’ is, and just how it will help us answer questions which are currently unanswered.

Dr Simon Spooner graduated as a Podiatrist in 1991 graduating from the University of Brighton in the UK, as well as to his BSc in Podiatry, he ended up being awarded the Paul Shenton prize for his research into callus. Then he went on to complete his PhD in Podiatry from the University of Leicester in 1997, in which he examined the causes and treatment of inherited foot issues. He is currently the Director of Podiatry at Peninsula Podiatry. His practice specialties include exercise medicine, foot orthoses, and paediatric and adult foot and gait irregularities. As well as his own clinical work, Simon has published a variety of research articles on podiatric issues and has delivered lectures at both national and worldwide conferences, and provided postgraduate training for a variety of National Health Service Trusts.