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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday's Article of the Week: The Inverted Orthotic Technique and Changes in Biomechanics

This is the left foot and 55 Degree Inverted Orthotic that allowed a patient to get the heel centered under the leg. The original problem being treated was severe medial knee pain with over pronated feet. The heel is relaxed position was 13 everted or pronated and the 55 degree correction allowed the patient to get close to 2 everted (vertical). 

The article below highlights the Inverted Orthotic Technique. It is a method of designing the functional foot orthotic to help with foot, ankle, leg, and knee biomechanics. The article emphasizes the positive changes to the lower extremity produced by this technique. I designed the technique in 1981, studied it for 2 years before I first made my observations available, then introduced it in 1984. The cartoon on the home page was drawn by the famous cartoonist Dr Robert Hughes who was at my first presentation. The following are injuries that benefit from this technique over standard orthotic devices:
  • Bunion Pain
  • Hallux Limitus/Rigidus
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial and Anterior Tibial Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Shin Splints and Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Medial Knee Pain
  • Patello-Femoral Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
There are many orthotic laboratories that make this device including Allied OSI, Root Functional Orthotic Lab, ProLab USA, and Richey and Company.

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