Podiator Celebrates Training it's 1000th Medical Specialist!

30 August 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ


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Shin Splints - Here's Help to Overcome!

11 August 2017 - posted by Jeremy and Joanna Duggan

The first time I ran a half marathon was in 2015 when my husband convinced me to join him with his upbeat attitude and his ability to sell ice to Eskimos chat about how amazing running a half marathon is. It was the Melbourne Marathon that ended inside the M.C.G. and I was pumped!

Jeremy and Joanna Duggan, Australian Physiotherapists 

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Training on the Biomechanics of the Feet

31 July 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

Did you know that Foot Science International, the creators of Formthotics, is offering three more intensive one-day medical training courses, Entering the FootZone that we provide in New Zealand for medical professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the foot and lower limb, and good treatment options? Make sure to click on the links below to sign up for one of the three dates offered in August, September, and October. 

Simply put, Entering the FootZone provides the essential link between the biomechanical models and patient assessment stages of the process and the all-important prescription stage. A lot of training courses end at the evaluation stage, and you aren’t given the tools to make accurate prescriptions. Entering the Foot Zone aims to create a seamless process from Theory - Assessment - Prescription - Fitting - Review - Evaluation of Results.

Course trainer, Richard van Plateringen begins the hands-on training assesment

2017 COURSE DATES (sign up on Eventbrite by clicking city):

Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm Cost: $199.00 - $219.00


This course can act as a refresher for podiatrists or a special interest course for other medical professionals including physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports medicine practitioners and orthotists who are interested in the FootZone. Learn new clinical methods with the revised "6 Tests, 6 Steps" a patient centric process of assessment, selection and fitting of Formthotics. Learn when it is best to refer to a podiatrist and what you can help assess.

The goal is to walk away from the course being able to confidently asses your patient's foot and lower limb function and pathology. Rationalise and justify patient treatment with the biomechanics of the feet, including the appropriate prescription of Formthotics orthotics. The course is taught by Sports Podiatrist, Richard Van Plateringen from Dunedin and will include lunch and morning and afternoon tea plus a 5 pair pack of Formthotics and orthotic additions for you to use during the training course and in your practice.

Formthotics also has training courses that are offered in other parts of the world. Check out our event page.




  • Learn how to confidently diagnose, assess and treat your patients' foot conditions 
    quickly and accurately
  • Improve your knowledge of foot function and lower limb biomechanics
  • Learn how to incorporate orthotic therapy into your treatment regimes
  • Learn when to refer 


If you are interested in our many trainings we are providing in New Zealand, or would like to schedule a specific training for your office, please contact steve.lafferty@footscienceinternational.co.nz 


Read more about our training coursework and how offering training sets our medical orthotics apart.





Click Here to Download the Medical System 6 Tests Video

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Formthotics Medical Training Sets These Orthotics Apart

01 June 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

You may be considering supplying Formthotics orthotics in your medical practice, but have medical staff who are unfamiliar with the benefits of these orthotics and how they can actually help each patient's feet with comfort, balance, and alignment. A brief training on how to easily shape to a patient's foot and how to determine if additions are necessary to be fitted for the biomechanical alignment of your patient's feet could be a great solution to help your medical staff know how and when to prescribe Formthotics

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Put Your Best Foot Forward without Heel Pain

05 April 2017 - posted by Raewyn Phipps

The foot is a very complex structure which is exposed to significant forces during day to day activities. Foot pain is a common problem and when present is known to adversely affect every day activities.  Whether caused by a specific incident or developed over time left untreated, foot pain can really slow you down.

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Adam Hall at Para Alpine Skiing World Championships 2017

20 March 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

New Zealand grown paralympic alpine ski racer and Team Formthotics superstar, Adam Hall, recently claimed huge success at the Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Travisio, Italy, adding a bronze in slalom to his medal tally – and we couldn't be prouder!

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Should I wear Formthotics in my Ice Hockey Skates?

02 March 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
Saffron  Allen,  who won a bronze medal as part of the Great Britain women's ice hockey team that took part at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation women's world championship in Slovenia  – was recently fitted with Formthotics at our booth at the Therapy Expo in Birmingham, UK. 
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The New 3D Additions Range - the perfect fit with Formthotics

09 February 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

We are delighted to announce that our much anticipated Formthotics 3D Additions are now available, ready to dispatch throughout the world. These new, specially designed additions fit snugly and easily underneath Formthotics, saving the practitioner time, money and, potentially, a lot of dusty mess! They will be able to provide immediate relief to the patient, with a product that looks tidy and professional and has a perfect fit with Formthotics.

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The High Risk Foot: Diabetes

27 January 2017 - posted by Caroline McWilliams

It is estimated (2015) by the International Diabetes Foundation that there are approximately 415 million people worldwide with diabetes . 

Source: International Diabetes Foundation- Atlas map - 7th Addition - Download a .pdf copy of this IDF 7th Edition Atlas Map 


Diabetes is a condition where the blood glucose (sugar) levels in the body are too high. Over time high blood glucose levels can harm many of the body’s organs, including the kidneys, liver, eyes, immune system, nervous system, and vascular supply.

Glucose is the main type of sugar found in the blood and is needed by our cells for energy. For glucose to leave the blood and be absorbed by our cells, it is essential that the hormone insulin is present. Insulin is released by the pancreas and if there is not enough insulin to enable this process to occur, then glucose levels within the bloodstream remain at a high level, resulting in the development of Diabetes.

Type 1 (onset normally occurs in infancy)

Type 1 diabetes is an ‘auto-immune’ condition. The immune system, which normally protects against infection, destroys the cells that make insulin. As a result the body is unable to create enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels within normal range.

Type 2 (usually occurs in later life – in many cases can be prevented.)

In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the cells in the body don’t recognise that insulin is present. This results in high blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes can be caused by genetics or an unhealthy lifestyle. A combination of these factors can cause insulin resistance.

How Diabetes affects the feet

Diabetes affects the feet in two ways, by damaging both the systemic nervous system and vascular supply of the lower limb. Both of these problems are closely associated with prolonged periods of high blood glucose levels.

Nerve damage or Neuropathy, can locally affect the feet by causing dry skin, toe deformities (increased pressure points), numbness, pins and needles, sharp shooting pains, and the inability to recognise foot trauma with diabetic feet. For example, some patients can stand on a nail and walk around for hours without any realisation that the trauma has occurred. This places them at risk of local/systemic infection, delayed healing, ulceration, amputation, and even mortality.

Our vascular supply carries oxygen and nutrients to all areas of our body. A diminished vascular supply puts a limb at risk of tissue death (gangrene). It can result in rest pain, poor skin quality, local/ systemic infection, black toes, ulcerations, and again mortality.

The pathological process that can occur in the diabetic foot.

Podiatrist have a set of unique skills, aimed at monitoring the nervous and vascular supply of the lower limb. They are trained to help prevent and treat serious foot conditions such as ulcerations and systemic infections. Regular podiatry treatments and annual foot screening appointments are essential in preventing and treating serious foot problems. Early intervention, and treatment have been medically proven to decrease the risk of amputation, and the mortality rate.

Compliance to health care advice, low blood glucose levels, and a clear understanding of Diabetes and its systemic impact on the body, helps patients live long and full lives. The diabetic foot is not ‘hopeless’ it just needs a lot of care and attention. Do not put off coming to see a Podiatrist!

If you would like more information on Diabetes:  Risk factors and Symptoms please visit International Diabetes Federation and Health Mentor Online

Caroline McWilliams is a podiatrist at  City Podiatry clinic.

Click here for a complete 16 minute foot and ankle exercise video

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Comfort Foot Care

20 January 2017 - posted by Caroline McWilliams

On the very first day of my career as a podiatrist, a female patient stated that she was truly only comfortable when her feet were comfortable. Years of experience and tens of thousands of patients later, I would have to agree with the lady’s statement.

Caroline McWilliams, Podiatrist in Resonance Podiatry in Wellington, NZ   

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