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Searching for Interchangeable Foot Orthotic

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by blondetherapy, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. blondetherapy

    blondetherapy Welcome New Poster

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    4 or 5 years ago I ordered a cheap (<$30) kit to try in my clinic, and used my husband as the test patient. The kit came with heel posts and wedges of varying degrees, which could be applied by the practitioner (simple adhesive, pull the paper backing off, and stick in place on the bottom of the insert). I found them incredible handy for an affordable short term option for my patients. However... I have not worked in that clinic in 3+ years, that clinic no longer has the ordering information, and all of the clinical staff have changed since that time, so there is no one left to remember them.

    Any chance someone on here knows the insert I am thinking of? I remember it was black with red and blue posts and wedges.

    I am looking because I have a low income patient who needs a short term insert with a lateral forefoot wedge to prevent supination, post surgical rehab. Note: SHORT TERM. :)

    Thanks so much!
  2. Eva, glue, grinder and a prefab or shoe insole ?
  3. RestlessFeet

    RestlessFeet Welcome New Poster

    The department I worked with recently used Trulife modular prefab foot orthoses, which seemed sturdy and generally functionally successful and acceptable to patients. This is a UK based company. You'd find them if you searched trulife.com
    Don't know if that's any use : )
  4. physiocolin

    physiocolin Active Member

    It would seem that you are almost describing that which is promoted by Vasyli orthoses, with a modestly priced heat mouldable device to which you can stick varying wedging posts.

  5. David Widdowson

    David Widdowson Active Member

    From the description sounds like ICB orthotics.
    Check the DLT wedsite www.dltchiropody.co.uk
    Hope this helps.
  6. Lets be honest pretty much any of the prefabs could be used with a bit of eva wedging strip applied. Algeo's slimflex simple black EVA devices- about £5 plus wedging strip at about £3 for a yard length is probably cheapest.
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    There is no such thing :bang:
  8. I thought we'd been through that. Foot orthoses work by altering the surface topography, stiffness and/ or frictional characteristics at the foot's interface. Heat moulding a foot orthosis from it's original form is capable of changing at least two of those factors within the orthosis when compared to the unheated/ un-moulded orthosis. As I recall, I actually went to the trouble to quantify the change in some of the surface topography and the load/ deformation characteristics in a device following heat moulding and reported it here.:drinks
  9. phil

    phil Active Member


    I remember that thread. You basically melted that stuff. And I get how you were able to change the surface topography doing that. But thats not the way vasyli prefab are "heat molded". They are warmed up a few degrees, just enough to feel toasty warm in the shoes. And then you tell the patient they are "heat molded" to their feet.

    Its rubbish. They are dependant on the shank and the topography of the footwear they are in. You can bend them, kink them, fold them in half, but wear them for 2 minutes and they all look the same.

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