Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Famous Blue Dot for Heel Pain
I remember struggling once with a patient and her heel pain. It was before I really understood that when you design orthotic devices for patients with heel pain you must make sure the weight is shifted to the arch and the heel is cushioned and protected. This memorable patient returned for a followup visit feeling much much better. I was pleased. When asked what seemed to make the difference, she told me that on a recent visit to her chiropractor, she complained of her heel pain, and the doc placed a blue dot on her heel to cushion and lift her forward off the heel. It has worked with many patients ever since. You see in an artful practice like I have you learn more from your patients than textbooks and lectures.
Here the blue dot shows that the edges are skived to ease the transition. I normally turn this over so the flat side will be against the foot.