How do I use a Flat Carbon Plate?
Flat Carbon Shoe Plates are one of our more popular products. Used to stiffen the shoe, Carbon Shoe Plates are a great insert that have a number of unique applications. How do they stack up compared to our Molded Turf Toe Plates or our Spring Plates? Let's take a look at what I consider to be the indications for a Flat Carbon Shoe Plate.
First, I look at the Flat Carbon Shoe Plate as fundamental part of the shoe. What I mean by that is that the Flat Carbon Shoe plate ought to be placed deep within the shoe, under any existing insert. Basically, the Flat Carbon Shoe Plate ought to act to supplement the shank of the shoe. The shank is that stiff portion of the shoe that reinforces the arch and limits flex of the arch. The Flat Carbon Shoe Plate really does need to have a cover of some sort, preferably an arch support or orthotic.
What are the indication for the Flat Carbon Shoe Plate? Indications include;
- Midfoot arthritis
- Midfoot injury (Lisfranc's fracture or dislocation)
- Arch strain or arch pain
- Midfoot fractures
- Cuboid Syndirome
- Metatarsal stress fractures
To manage forefoot pain including capsulitis, plantar plate tears, metatarsalgia, Freiberg's infraction and Morton's neuroma, I tend to prescribe more Spring Plates. The rocker sole on the Spring Plate works much better to accommodate forefoot pain. And for turf toe and hallux limitus or hallux rigidus? That's when I defer to the Molded Turf Toe Plate or the Flat Turf Toe Plate.
One last note on Flat Carbon Graphite Plates - we have a number of customers who have told us that the Flat Carbon Plate has really saved the day on construction sites. Nail and screw punctures are a common injury on construction sites. The Flat Carbon Plate is a light weight measure of protection from puncture injuries.