The concept of foot orthotic dosing may be having even more attention recently. It is actually based on the analogy of drugs dosage. Every person who is on a unique drug or medicine for any medical problem should in principle taking a specific dose or volume of that medicine. The same should be the case with regard to foot orthoses. A distinct “dose” of foot orthotic really should be used. Too frequently foot supports are typically used the identical measure of foot orthoses, specifically in studies or research. An instalment of the regular podiatry livestream, PodChatLive dealt with this dilemma. The hosts of PodChatLive talked with Simon Spooner to attempt to focus on some of the limitations of foot orthoses analysis in line with the principle. They reviewed the way in which health professionals really should be viewing all findings from research made in the context of these constraints. They discussed about what “perfect” foot orthotic research may look like, the points we may need to ‘measure’ and the noticeable discussion between the lab and the clinic. Most significantly they talked about just what ‘dosing’ is, and just how it can help us resolve issues that happen to be presently unanswered.
Dr Simon Spooner graduated as a Podiatrist in 1991 graduating from the University of Brighton, and in addition to his BSc in Podiatry, he was given the Paul Shenton prize for his research into callus. Then he went on to complete his PhD in Podiatry from the University of Leicester in 1997, in which he studied the causes and therapy for inherited foot issues. He is now the Director of Podiatry at Peninsula Podiatry. His clinic specialties include exercise medicine, foot orthotics, and paediatric as well as adult foot and gait problems. In addition to his own clinical work, Simon has produced quite a few research papers on podiatric issues and has delivered presentations at both national and worldwide meetings, and provided postgraduate training for quite a few National Health Service Trusts.