UCBL or Rearfoot Varus Posting?
I contacted a few Orthotic Labs and found that several only offer 'shallow heel cup' shells, with the rationale being that more rearfoot varus posting can be added extrinsically to help with 'rearfoot eversion' (I appreciate 'rearfoot eversion' as a term has mixed opinion!!) Those particular labs stated that UCBL 20mm requests were rare these days...................
I contacted a few other Orthotic Labs (interestingly, including two university pod school orthotic manufacturing depts) and found that they *primarily* offer UCBL as their shells, and have "little regard for 7-14mm heel cup depths" in mechanical control.
I thought I'd put the question out to pod-arena.
Do you tend to favour a UCBL design, or a shallower heel cup?
and more importantly (as orthotic material, design, depth, etc, etc is based on clinical assessment) what are YOUR indications for using one above the other?
A quick straw poll I put out among colleagues and pod lecturer friends yielded a diverse range of opinion, so I hope this thread will be interesting!