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The daddy of the daddy of foot orthoses

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Simon Spooner, Feb 6, 2012.


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    Doing some research for one of my upcoming presentations in Belgium http://www.arteveldehogeschool.be/elpa/podologie/lustrum/
    - this is the wikipedia entry for Royal Whitman snr:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Emerson_Whitman Interesting...

    Royal Whitman jnr's obituary is here: http://jbjs.org/pdfaccess.ashx?ResourceID=15305&PDFSource=17

    I note with interest: "Dr. Whitman was particularly insistent upon a thorough knowledge of mechanical principles, the pathology of deformities, and the observance of these in therapeusis. Braces to him were intended for the support- of the trunk or limbs, and not for the correction of deformities. First an equinovarus of the foot, a flexion at the hip or the knee, or a rigid flat foot had to be corrected; then, and then only, might the surgeon apply a brace. Woe to the assistant who did not obey this rule!"

    So somewhere along the line we got to the idea that braces, i.e. foot orthoses, should "correct the deformities"- right?

    Here's a biographical sketch from a couple of years ago:
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/lk84v031j072w452/fulltext.pdf

    And here's the paper itself:
    http://jbjs.org/pdfaccess.ashx?ResourceID=53419&PDFSource=17

    I'll be discussing the orthoses design he recommended in both of my lectures in Ghent.

    Does anyone have a reference for Newton M. Schaffer first describing a "Schaffer plate"?
     
  2. Stanley

    Stanley Well-Known Member

    Hi Simon,

    Whitman would have his orthoses made at Otto Schuster's laboratory.

    Ottos' nephew was Dick Schuster who delivered the orthoses as a boy.

    Thought you might be interested in this.

    Regards,

    Stanley
     
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