Why Orthotic Inserts Don’t Work

Having given this article the title “Why Orthoses Don’t Work” it is probably best to put that statement in context.

As a manufacturer, prescriber and designer of orthoses for the past 20 years, I firmly believe that orthoses are of enormous benefit to those who need them if two essential criteria/conditions are observed.

Firstly, that they are used as a part of a treatment plan and are not used in isolation as a treatment in and of themselves.

Secondly, that they are made in such a way that they closely fit the foot in its corrected alignment.

If these two criteria are not met then we will be acting as orthotic sellers and will being doing ourselves, our profession and most importantly our patients a great disservice.

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