Home / Knowledge / News / Customized orthotics to reduce or eliminate heel pain

Customized orthotics to reduce or eliminate heel pain

03
Jul '09
A new study being conducted at one of the nation's top podiatric medical colleges looks to better understand a device that many podiatrists prescribe everyday in their practices—customized foot orthotics, also referred to in the medical community as orthoses.

The three-year study, funded by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), is currently investigating the success rate of foot orthotics in the treatment of patients suffering from plantar heel pain—an ailment that many podiatrists are able to treat successfully with prescription orthotics.

The study, which will focus on a total of 300 patients, ages 18-75, is also comparing prescription orthotics to over-the-counter, prefabricated insoles—another common recommendation for managing heel pain.

"We are trying to better understand how well custom foot orthotics prescribed by podiatric physicians compare with over-the-counter insoles and pre-fabricated insoles to reduce or eliminate heel pain, and improve a patient's quality of life," said Dr. James Wrobel, podiatrist and interim director of Scholl's Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.

Dr. Wrobel added that this research study is the first of its kind to measure how specific foot types, such as low and high arches, respond to certain specific treatments, including custom orthotics.

Prescription orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that help to correct faulty foot function, or to remedy foot pain. Sometimes referred to as prescription "arch supports," many podiatrists can measure a patient's foot for an orthotic device in just minutes. The in-office process often includes either taking a cast mold of the patient's foot or taking a digital image to obtain the patient's distinct arch and heel pattern needed to fit the orthotics.After custom manufacturing, the finalized orthotic is fitted and dispensed to the patient with specific instructions for wear.

"Prescription foot orthotics are an important treatment that a podiatrist uses to help our patients recover from painful injuries and return to an active lifestyle," said Dr. Ronald D. Jensen, APMA president. "Such as with many other prescribed medical treatments, it is vital that evidence-based,statistical data be gathered in a scientific environment to support the use of custom foot orthotics for patient care."

Prescription foot orthotics, which often last several years before replacement is needed, customarily fall into three broad categories: those that primarily attempt to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. They are often used as a conservative treatment by podiatrists before considering more intrusive means of correction, such as surgery.

Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading and recognized professional organization for doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs).

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 21st Aug 2019

EU rejects UK PM's Brexit backstop plan

The European Union (EU) rejected British Prime Minister Boris...

Sri Lanka's textile exports up 9.6% in Jan-June 2019

Textiles | On 21st Aug 2019

Sri Lanka's textile exports up 9.6% in Jan-June 2019

Sri Lanka's earnings from textiles and garments exports increased by...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 21st Aug 2019

Chinese fabric firm mulls entering Philippines

Chinese firm Texhong Textile Group Ltd, which manufactures yarns and...

Interviews View All

Textile industry, Head honchos

Textile industry
Head honchos

South India has a very strong manufacturing base

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala, Jansun

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Amit Jain, Shingora Textiles Ltd

Amit Jain
Shingora Textiles Ltd

‘In terms of fabric, the fastest growing category for us is a blend of...

Roz Guarnori,

Roz Guarnori

FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, to be held in Munich from May 14-17, is...

Yogesh Kanani,

Yogesh Kanani

Incorporated in 1999, Purani Textiless Private Limited is a leading...

Cem Erdogrul,

Cem Erdogrul

Turkey-based Temsan Air Engineering is one of the leading manufacturers of ...

Ray Baughman, University of Texas -Dallas

Ray Baughman
University of Texas -Dallas

<div>A team of scientists and researchers have discovered twistrons,...

Tiasha Renganathan, Twinery Innovations by MAS

Tiasha Renganathan
Twinery Innovations by MAS

Twinery-Innovations by MAS is the innovation arm of Sri Lankan company MAS ...

Robert Erichsen, Statex Produktions & Vertriebs GmbH

Robert Erichsen
Statex Produktions & Vertriebs GmbH

Statex Produktions &amp; Vertriebs Gmbh, founded in 1978 and headquartered ...

Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Anisha Chaudhari, Threads & Shirts

Anisha Chaudhari
Threads & Shirts

Threads &amp; Shirts is a freshly-tailored concept providing men/women a...

Sidharth Sinha, Sidharth Sinha

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


August 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search