Saturday, November 3, 2012
Designing Orthotic Devices from Afar
I am 21 years old and i live in Egypt. I suffer from flat feet and i wanted to ask if i can custom a special steel orthotic matches my feet size, and if there are any other types of workout to help curing it.
Dr Blake's response:
I would be happy to work with you. I do not work with Steel but have found 3/16 inch (4.7 mm) polypropylene work great and gives some spring to the arch. The best is to buy a Biofoam box and try to make an impression of your feet. Then mail the box to Dr Rich Blake, 900 Hyde Street, San Francisco, Calif, 94109, and I will try to make something. It will take 2 -3 tries due to the long distance, but based on the feedback you give me on the first set, we should be able to figure out where to make changes. The link to buy the box is below. Probably sending me a video of you walking back and forth in a 15 foot area will give me better idea what you need. Rich Hope it works.
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Also, it is extremely important to do daily foot and ankle strengthening exercises. Never exercise through pain, but you should be able to gradually strengthen your flat feet. Here is a video to get you started. Rich