Evidence-Based Orthotic Therapy

  • Paul R. Scherer


The origins of orthotic therapy in sports medicine began in the early 1970s when authors Jim Fixx, M.D. (The Complete Book of Running) [1], and Harry F. Halvac, D.P.M. (The Foot Book: Advice for Athletes) [2], provided both the public and the medical community anecdotal information about the mechanical origins of foot pathology in athletes and the possible value of custom functional foot orthoses. Most of the American medical community was overwhelmed by the injuries sustained during the latest fitness craze, jogging, and wanted medical solutions to the large numbers of complaints arising from runners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul R. Scherer
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  1. 1.Department of Applied BiomechanicsSamuel Merritt College of PodiatricsSan FranciscoUSA

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