Rest assured, there is no ‘normal’ foot

Conventional wisdom assumed there was a normal foot position but recent research suggests there may not be a normal foot position. Benno Nigg.

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Jordan Siemens / Getty Images.

At Braceworks, we treat medically diagnosed conditions of the foot to provide sufficient support for your foot’s natural position. Our aim is healing the foot rather than forcing a correction of foot position that conforms to an abstract ideal of normal.

The approach is fitting the foot orthotic to your foot, rather than fit your foot to an orthotic. Fitting your custom made foot orthotic is just the beginning. Initial fitting is followed by a periodic testing, as you walk through daily life, and tuning the device for you, as required.

  Further reading

Effect of different orthotic materials on plantar pressures: a systematic review, Gerrard JM, Bonanno DR, Whittaker GA, Landorf KB. J Foot Ankle Res. 2020 Jun 11;13(1):35. doi: 10.1186/s13047-020-00401-3. Full text, PDF


Effects on gait of thermoformed plantar orthotics, Laetitia Berger, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, University of Savoie; Stéphanie Blanc, Sports Orthopaedics Centre, Voiron. Issue 31. Revue du podologue January-February 2010.

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