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Proprioceptive insoles

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Giovanni Curti, Dec 15, 2011.

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    Good morning
    My name is Giovanni
    Jobs in Milan, Italy, and I deal with orthotics. I would like to know what you think of the proprioception of the foot and particularly if you think you can, with the use of proprioceptive insoles, posture change. Here we are a lot of it is talking in particular about the child's foot.
    Thank you for all your suggestions.
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    There is no such thing. "Proprioception" is about joint position sense. There is nothing you can put under a foot that can change or improve proprioception. All something under a foot can do is alter mechanics (kinetic and kinematics) and change pressure on the plantar mechanoreceptors (ie alter sensory input; and have neuromuscular effects). That pressure on the plantar mechanoreceptors is a signal that the CNS can use or not use and initiate a motor response as a result of those additional signals that it did not do before using the 'whatever' under the foot. This plantar sensory input is extremely important for a lot of things (including posture), but that is an exteroceptive pathway, NOT the proprioceptive pathway.

    "Proprioceptive Insoles/Orthotics" is just a marketing term used by snake oil salesman.

    See these threads: proprioceptive insoles

    (NOTE TO SELF: ... must go and trademark the name 'exteroceptive orthotics')
  3. thank you very much
    you have been very clear ... I have asked this question because I recently attended a course
    the method Burdiol .. and I am very confused.
    I think in addition to the snake oil we do not go here a lot.
    thanks again
  4. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I don't deny that "foot orthotics" can have sensory, neuromuscular or exteroceptive pathway effects.....its just the marketing spin associated with the "propriceptive orthotics" I have a problem with.

    Have you noticed that those promoting "proprioceptive orthotics" have a product to sell that can cure everything and have no evidence to back any of it up? --> snake oil
  5. I believe that anything between foot and the ground will decrease proprioception. Foot relies on sensory perception which is inhibited by shoes, socks, and orthotics. Without the necessary sensory feedback, your balance is compromised.
  6. Ian Drakard

    Ian Drakard Active Member

    Of course- I always wondered why I fall over when wearing shoes. Is this just a spammer?
  7. How?:santa:
  8. Linda:

    I don't see a whole lot of people losing their balance while wearing shoes so I'm not very convinced by your unsupported statements.

    Sensory feedback isn't always a good thing if your goal is to "maintain balance". I'll bet that if I took 100 subjects in shoes with 6 mm thick soles and had them walk over a board with a bunch of nails sticking out through the bottom of the board by 5 mm that they would be much better "balanced" than the same subjects if they were to walk over the same board while barefoot.

    In this case, shoes would increase their "balance" wouldn't they?
  9. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    So how come every single study that has looked at foot orthotics and balance shows an improvement with the use of foot orthotics? ... or are you just posting a nonsensical spam statement to link drop your signature for self promotion?.....as I see you have already been banned from another forum, I think its the later ... goodbye.
  10. Don't feel bad. You're confused because the model makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Well done for spotting it.

    Emperors new insoles.

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