You know what they say about dinosaurs with large feet? They leave behind large foot-prints! In a remote coastline in Western Australia that has been dubbed “The Jurassic Park of Australia”, paleontologists have uncovered a treasure trove of 21 different tracks. One of which is said to be the largest ever to be found. It measures approximately 5 feet and 5 inches long or large enough to cover an entire human being.
At this time, scientists are unsure exactly what dinosaur it came from. What we do know is that it’s from a family known as Sauropods that lived over 140 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. They are large plant eating lizards with small heads, long necks with a tail to match – think Brontosaurus!
The history of orthotics is quite cloudy too. Cobblers and shoemakers would pad shoes to make people’s feet feel better back in the 1800’s. These primitive devices would lead way to the development of proper orthotic molds sometime in the early 1900’s. However with the recent discovery of these prints, it potentially pushes the timeline and age of orthotics back several million years. There is talk among some podiatrists and experts that these fossils aren’t just simply prints but actually orthotic impressions made for dinosaurs suffering from foot pain. The prehistoric foot doctors, also known as Podiasaurus, were known among dinosaurs to treat all lower extremity injuries. For the ones that walked on all four legs, these doctors were especially important!
Prehistoric orthotic mold or dinosaur tracks?
Photo: Damian Kelly/University of Queensland/EPA
Typical Modern Day Orthotic Mold
Here at Advanced Podiatry, our modern day podiatrists have perfected this technique and offer several different types of custom orthotics that are designed to support your unique feet. Custom orthotics realign the foot and support the arch so that it maintains a proper position in order to prevent excess strain on the joints and structures of the foot. They are especially good for flat feet, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and achilles tendonitis. If you’re a dinosaur or if you’re simply suffering from foot pain, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists and see if an orthotic is right for you. Call us at (813) 875-0555.