Dr. Charlie Baycroft, a doctor who specialized in Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, was trying to find a more practical and economical solution for his patients suffering foot and lower extremity pain. Charlie had moved to New Zealand from Canada in 1972, and opened New Zealand’s first full-time multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic. There he saw a multitude of running-related injuries, and began trying out custom orthotic foot inserts. Patients with long-standing and recurrent conditions came back with astounding results and were able to train and compete without pain. The problem Charlie had was that these inserts were expensive and time consuming to make, and he knew there had to be a better solution.
A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
Like most great inventions, the discovery of Formthotics™ was very simple. While strolling along the beach one day, Dr. Baycroft was suddenly aware that while his bare feet were able to sink into the soft sand and form a supporting imprint (his footprint), most modern surfaces are hard and flat. Formthotics were born from this observation and a realisation that our feet were never designed to cope with the unforgiving surfaces of our modern day environment. Dr. Baycroft knew that by creating the closest possible contact between a patient’s foot, orthotic and shoe, the foot would be given the natural support it needs, similar to the support provided by the soft sand.