Lower limb injuries can be a major issue for military personnel. Any time major field work, training, and requirements that keep an individual on his or her feet for hours at a time can cause a lot of trauma in the legs and feet. Formthotics has had the privilege of working with La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia, to assist in a series of research studies to determine if orthoses can assist in preventing lower leg and foot injuries. This past October 2017, research was published from LaTrobe University on lower limb overuse injury prevention with Formthotics (Bonanno DR, et al. Br J Sports Med 2017;0:1–6. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2017-098273) conducted with Navy military recruits. The findings were astounding. Out of a sample size of 306 naval recruits who were fitted with Formthotics, there was a 34% reduction in common lower limb injuries.
►The incidence of common lower limb injuries in naval recruits undertaking initial defence training can be reduced by using prefabricated foot orthoses.
► This is the first participant-blinded and assessor-blinded, parallel-group randomised controlled trial to find whether contoured, prefabricated foot orthoses can prevent lower limb overuse injuries.
► This trial provides new evidence that foot orthotics may be beneficial for reducing the incidence of common lower limb soft-tissue injuries by one-third.
How this might impact clinical practice in the near future?
►Foot orthoses may be used for the prevention of common lower limb injuries in defence personnel.
► A reduction in common lower limb injuries can provide benefits for physically active individuals.
►Prefabricated foot orthoses provide individuals and employers with a relatively cost effective intervention for the prevention of injuries.
Formthotics insoles can make standard-issue boots customised quickly, easily and effectively. They are ideal for use in a military setting. Not to mention, they are waterproof, lightweight and durable.
Steve Lafferty, from Formthotics just attended the 4th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance (ICSPP), held in Melbourne, Australia. It was attended by over 400 delegates from military training establishments and research organisations from around the world.
The response from the congress that we found was very positive. The military personnel who talked with Steve at the International Congress were most impressed with the results that can happen to prevent lower limb injuries.