Foot Orthosis Apparatus
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An apparatus is provided that responds to the varying pressures applied to the foot of a subject during different activities, in particular walking, jogging and running, comprising a member (4) with a surface (6) for contacting the plantar surface of the foot of the subject; and structures (10) for absorbing and reacting to various pressures in the foot whilst in use. The structures preferably extend from the surface of the member – and are in the form of units (12) having a longitudinal axis extending in the direction of expected impact from the foot of the user, the units being compressible under the action of pressure from the foot, the resistance of the units to compression increasing progressively or stepwise as the unit is compressed. The units are preferably hollow and have an internal or external taper to provide the variable resistance to compression.
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