I was reviewing the threads on Pre fab vs custom orthotics here
Effectiveness of Foot Orthoses to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
A Randomized Trial
Karl B. Landorf, PhD; Anne-Maree Keenan, MAppSc; Robert D. Herbert, PhD
This rather interesting paper and a thought occurred.
The Methodology for this, and other similar papers tend to talk about "customized orthoses" as a given entity. The paper above for example talks about "semirigid plastic" and does not mention whether the clinician had the freedom to add modifications or use different materials where they felt it appropriate.
Are we actually looking at the difference between a pre fab orthotic and a set prescription of casted device? And if so can we really call them custom?
The devices I (and i'm sure most other Pods) issue are many and varied. Kirby skives for medially deviated axis, Planterflexed 1st rays where appropriate, ff varus extentions for sport, heel cushions where needed etc etc. The plantar fascitis is, for me, usually only a symptom so there is not a vast amount in common between devices i issue for this condition.
Are we comparing customised PRESCRIPTIONS (ie all the many and varied insole types, materials and mods) to a pre fab, or simply a pre fab neutral device to a casted neutral device? Are there any comparative studies which allow this degree of freedom in the custom device and are there any comparative studies which compare Kinematic (kinetic?) data between pre fabs and other devices?