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How do the Archies Flip Flops Help Flatfeet?

Foot orthotics are generally typically used to deal with a variety of biomechanical problems of the feet and lower leg. These foot supports are inserts that are used in the shoe to try and modify alignment of the feet in a way that they help ailments in the feet and leg. These problems range from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to shin splints that may occur in the legs of athletes. All the research evidence shows that the clinical results with foot inserts are usually beneficial and most people that have foot orthotics are happy with them. Nonetheless, foot supports can only ever be worthwhile if you in fact wear them. You do need to have proper footwear to wear them in and use them enough for the problem they were required for to resolve.

One of the problems with foot orthotics is that you need to use them in footwear. This may be a dilemma if you don't like wearing footwear or reside in a hot climate in which the wearing of footwear is problematic. In these climates people like putting on jandals (called ‘thongs’ in Australia) that you can simply not use with a foot supports. There are several options that are available. One of those is to restrict the time that you're not using the foot orthoses, so that you wear footwear with the inserts for long enough and don't wear the sandals too much so that the painful problem does not occur. Another option is by using such things as the arch support sandals or jandals such as the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support included in them and can generally be used as opposed to foot orthotics. Shoes like the Archies will often not be as effective as an adequately made foot supports, but they could be more than satisfactory to supplement them and use when the proper footwear cannot or will not be used.

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How to make modifications to foot orthotics

Foot orthotics are a common treatment used for many different types of foot problems. A range of different types of health professionals use them with various degrees of success. Some health professionals just use one type for everyone whereas other use a range of different types depending on the needs of the individual. Even better clinicians will use a wide range of different types of foot orthotics and also have the skills and ability to modify and adjust them so that they work best for the individual. The challenge is to determine the characteristics of the foot of the patients that needs foot orthotics and then match that to the correct design or modification of a foot orthotic. After a period of use it is often necessary that the foot orthotic be modified to make it fit better or help alleviate the symptoms better. It is this skill that distinguishes the good expert clinician from the rest.

The sort of modifications that may be needed include using a grinder to file bits of the foot orthotic to make it more comfortable or gluing bits onto the foot orthotic to make the affects of the foot orthotic more effective. It takes years of training to develop the skills to be able to do this well. Not all of those health professionals that use foot orthotics have these skills, let alone the facilities to use them properly. In an episode of the Podiatry related livestream on Facebook, PodChatLive, the hosts talked with Toronto based practitioner, Peter Guy about his 33 years experience to talk us through his matrix of common foot orthotic modifications for conditions such as peroneal tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, plantar plate and neuroma. He also gives us some of his tips for dealing with comfort/tolerance issues and orthoses for high heels. This episode gave a much greater insight into foot orthotic modifications.


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