The UCBL shoe insert is a maximum control foot orthotic that was named after the location in which it was developed – University California Berkeley Laboratory in 1967.
The UCBL foot orthosis is used to stabilize a flexible foot deformity, which in most cases is a flexible flatfoot. The UCBL differs from other foot orthoses in that it fully encompasses the heel with a molded heel cup which in turn holds the heel, or hind foot, in a neutral, vertical position. While correcting and holding the heel in a neutral position, the UCBL also controls the inside arch of the foot and the outside border of the forefoot. These 3 corrective forces keep the foot held in a neutral position.
It is very important to understand that the foot must be flexible enough to be held in a neutral position comfortably. If the foot deformity is rigid, the UCBL will be very uncomfortable if used to try and correct the deformity. If the foot is rigid, the UCBL is made to the shape of the foot and the goal is to prevent further deformity.
The UCBL is made out of a rigid material, usually plastic, that is molded over a replica of the foot that is created by casting the foot. The foot section of the insert usually ends behind the toes by the ball of the foot. This allows for a natural rollover motion at the toes when walking.
The UCBL ends just below the ankle bones. Because of this design, the UCBL is not seen outside of the shoe. The best shoes to accommodate the UCBL are basic gym shoes or walking shoes with laces or Velcro. The UCBL does not work well with dress shoes or sandals.
This orthotic is very well suited for children with a flexible flatfoot deformity. If you or your child has a flexible flatfoot, please make an appointment to see Dr. Eric Silvers at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney, TX or Prosper, TX.
Call 972-542-2155 for an appointment today.