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Dr. Jeff's Foot & Ankle Blog

Tips for choosing the right carbon fiber orthotic - spring plates.

In January, I wrote a series of six blog posts regarding carbon fiber orthotics, detailing the uses and applications for each of our carbon fiber inserts. In our staff meeting this week, my boss, business partner and wife gently reminded me, "honey, you forgot to write about spring plates." Wow, my bad. Spring plates are the single most popular carbon fiber insert we sell. Like the old Steve Martin comedy routine, all I could do was hit my forehead with the palm of my hand and say, "I forgot!" So, here's part 7 of the original 6 part series.

The frontal plane - treating supination

A high arch foot is usually a rigid foot and referred to as a supinated foot. Supination is often a bit harder to treat than is pronation. Because the supinated foot is rigid, it is less 'cooperative' when it comes to the use of pads or supports. Supinated feet are often associated with peroneal tendon problems and sprained ankles.

The frontal plane - treating pronation

So is pronation just a flattening of the arch? In many respects, yes. You can say that a pronated foot is a flat foot. But you have to remember that there's a number of different medical conditions that result in pronation. What we'll be focusing on treating in this blog post are the cases of simple flat feet that result in foot fatigue.

Off-loading forefoot pads - specific purpose - which one is best for my needs?

Off-loading forefoot pads- The third and final category of off-loading forefoot pads are the pads that are used to target or treat a specific portion of the forefoot. By off-loading, we're referring to a pad that is placed adjacent to the area that is being treated.

Off-loading general-purpose forefoot pads - which one is best for my needs?

Forefoot pads - The second category of forefoot pads is general purpose off-loading pads. By off-loading, we're referring to a pad that is placed adjacent to the area that is being treated.