The idea of foot orthotic dosing may be getting some more awareness in recent times. It is using the analogy of drugs or medication dosage. Every person who is on a different drug or medicine for a medical condition will need to in principle taking an individual measure or volume of that drug. The same needs to be the situation for foot supports. A distinct “dose” of foot supports really needs to be used. Many times foot supports are typically used the identical dosage of foot orthotic, particularly in studies or research. An episode of the weekly podiatry livestream, PodChatLive dealt with this issue. The hosts of the livestream talked with Simon Spooner to attempt to highlight some of the constraints of foot orthotics analysis based on the concept. They brought up the way in which clinicians should be watching all findings from research made in the framework of the limitations. They reviewed as to what “perfect” foot orthotic research might look like, the points we might want to ‘measure’ as well as the apparent discussion between your lab and the clinic. Most significantly they pointed out precisely what ‘dosing’ is, and how it will help us answer concerns that are presently left unanswered.
Dr Simon Spooner qualified as a Podiatrist in 1991 graduating from the University of Brighton in the UK, and in addition to his BSc in Podiatry, he ended up being given the Paul Shenton prize for his research into callus. Then he continued to complete his PhD in Podiatry from the University of Leicester in 1997, where he examined the causes and therapy for inherited foot conditions. Simon is now the Director of Podiatry at Peninsula Podiatry. His practice specialties include exercise medicine, foot orthotics, and children and adult foot and gait abnormalities. Along with his own clinical practice, he has published many research articles on podiatric care and has delivered lectures at both national and worldwide conventions, and furnished postgraduate training for many NHS Trusts.