The concept of foot orthotic dosing is actually getting some more recognition lately. It is based on the analogy of drugs or medication dosage. Everybody who is taking a unique drug or medication for any medical condition really should essentially taking an individual dose or quantity of that drug. Precisely the same needs to be the scenario for foot supports. A different dose of foot orthoses really needs to be chosen. All too often foot supports are typically used the same measure of foot supports, particularly in studies or research. An episode of the weekly podiatry live show, PodChatLive tackled this dilemma. The hosts of PodChatLive chatted with Simon Spooner in an attempt to focus on some of the constraints of foot orthoses analysis depending on the principle. They spoke of the way health professionals should really be watching all conclusions from research made in the framework of those constraints. They discussed about what “perfect” foot orthotic research might look like, the points we might want to ‘measure’ and also the apparent discourse between the lab and the clinic. Most importantly they reviewed exactly what ‘dosing’ is, and just how it might help us resolve issues that happen to be currently unanswered.
Dr Simon Spooner qualified as a Podiatrist in 1991 graduating from the University of Brighton in the UK, as well as to his BSc in Podiatry, he ended up being granted the Paul Shenton prize for his research into callus. Then he went on to finish his PhD in Podiatry from the University of Leicester in 1997, where he studied the causes and therapy for inherited foot issues. He is currently the Director of Podiatry at Peninsula Podiatry. Simon’s practice specialties include sports medicine, foot orthoses, and paediatric and adult foot and gait abnormalities. As well as his own clinical practice, Simon has produced a number of research papers on podiatry care and has delivered lectures at both national and international meetings, and presented postgraduate education for a number of NHS Trusts.