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Aug 4

Written by: Larry Huppin, DPM
8/4/2011 9:21 AM

There has been an interesting thread lately on Podiatry Arena regarding Carbon Fiber (Graphite) as a material for manufacturing custom foot orthoses.

Personally, I am not a big fan of graphite orthoses, although I use it occasionally for women’s dress flats. Compared to polypropylene, carbon fiber is more prone to fracture and much more difficult to adjust. The material is thinner than poly of the same rigidity, but not all that much thinner.

Until a couple of years ago, I used a fair number of graphite orthoses for women’s dress shoes. Now, I tend to use the Cobra orthoses which I find fits better in most heels and adjusts to heel heights.

You can find many opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of carbon fiber orthoses in the Podiatry Arena discussion. You can read the Podiatry Arena thread on carbon fiber orthoses here.


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