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May 19th, 2018
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Orthotics are over-prescribed
https://www.alexanderschool.edu.au/single-post/2018/05/19/Are-orthotics-useful

https://www.smh.com.au/national/expensive-orthotics-no-better-than-a-sham-review-finds-20180331-p4z788.html

There's no solid evidence for orthotics for most of the conditions they're prescribed for. They are good for rheumatoid arthritis and for high arches.

For other conditions, improved coordination can be a more effective solution.

Personally, I've only gotten plantar fasciitis from a chi gung exercise called swimming dragon, which I solved by not doing swimming dragon. However, I didn't have the problem with the exercise when I was younger, so maybe I should take a serious look at how I'm doing it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IOX50Y7dso

https://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Dragon-Chinese-Fitness-Beautiful/dp/0882680633

Also, I cleared up flat feet for a while by doing an exercise about the relationship between hips and ankles from _Running with the Whole Body. I need to get back to that.

https://www.amazon.com/Running-Whole-Body-30-Day-Program/dp/1556432267

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From:elenbarathi
Date:May 19th, 2018 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Custom orthotics totally fixed my plantar fasciitis, which had not been helped by any form of exercise, massage, better shoes or store-bought insoles. My feet don't hurt at all now, even when I'm hiking from dawn to dusk, and my knees are better too.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 24th, 2018 10:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the information. I may do a survey about people's experiences with orthotics. My impression of them was considerably better than the SMH article said.

Edited at 2018-05-24 10:38 am (UTC)
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