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January 8, 2015
Patient completes 500 mile
hike wearing the Richie Dynamic Assist Brace
Last summer, Dr. Richie's patient,
K.M., completed the 500 mile segment of the Camino
Frances route of the Camino Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrimage. This walk takes four weeks to complete and
is an accomplished task for only the most hearty and
healthy individuals. For Mr. K.M. who suffered a severe
nerve injury in his lower leg in a mountain biking
accident 4 years ago, completing this hike would have
been impossible. He had a paralytic dropfoot deformity
which caused him to drag his foot while walking.
In Spring, 2013, Mr. K.M. was
referred to Dr. Richie who fitted the patient with the
Richie Dynamic Assist Brace, which Dr. Richie had
designed. The brace immediately transformed Mr. K.M.
back to a normal ambulating patient without any weakness
or deformity. He set out to complete a long time goal of
Camino FrancÚs which stretches
(nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near
Biarritz in France to Santiago.
FOR THE REST OF THE STORY AND PHOTOS
October 6, 2014
Between 1996 and 2004, I had both hips and both knees
replaced. To aid in my recovering, after my last knee was
replaced, I began working with a personal trainer. She
quickly observed that my left ankle was considerably
pronated and recommended that I make an appointment with Dr.
Richie who confirmed that I was in need of ORTHOTICS .
An X-ray confirmed that I had developing arthritis in my
left ankle and these orthotics gave me proper balance and
prevented any developing pain.
However, in April of 2010, I had a heart valve replacement
(at the age of 88) and to recover properly from that, it was
recommended that I go to CARDIAC REHAB THREE MORNINGS A
WEEK. THE ATTENDANT IMMEDIATELY put me on a treadmill. . .
.and after a few weeks, the pounding from the walking began
to take its’ toll and my ankle started to swell. . .like I
had a mini inner tube around my ankle and once again, I had
to start using a cane for balance and to minimize the pain.
. . . I soon switched to using their recumbent bike (so I
could exercise from a sitting position).
When I had my regular annual visit with Dr. Richie and
complained to him about my painful problem (he chastised me
for not coming to him sooner) he said he thought he had
something that JUST MIGHT relieve the pain and reduce the
swelling. First, I needed to get proper compression hose
(great invention) and then, making no promises, he fitted MY
LEFT ANKLE with his RICHIE BRACE!
Incredible! It worked and within days, the swelling went
down and I now walk with no pain and great balance with
minimum need for my cane.
I am a walking testimonial for the RICHIE BRACE. Whoever
thought it would relieve arthritis pain. . . .without pills.
P.S. One other recommendation he made. . . .to work with an
physical therapist and by accident, I found. . .SUSAN MAIS
REQUEJO.. . .who it turns out has consulted with Dr. Richie
over the years. Working with her (two days a week) has
enhanced the value of wearing his RICHIE BRACE.
March 10, 2014
I was plagued with plantar fasciitis for years, and as a
runner, it severely impacted my ability to train and
participate in races. I tried numerous things including
stretching and several types of night splints with limited
success. I was ready to consider a surgical procedure when
Dr. Richie told me about RF which had very minimal downtime
and could be performed in the office. The procedure was
performed on a Tuesday and I did a 10K run the following
Saturday with only slight soreness. Since then, I’ve had
absolutely no plantar fasciitis discomfort or symptoms. From
my perspective, it was a “miracle cure”.
January 2, 2014
Dear Dr. Richie,
I am so glad that I made the decision to schedule a
consultation with you regarding my case of Posterior Tibial
Tendonitis. I have lived with this condition since late
2008. I have to say that when I was first diagnosed with
this condition I was told to rest and wear my OTC supports
at all times in my tennis shoes and even wear them in the
house when walking around. The episode lasted a few weeks
and I thought "I'm Ok." I had another flare a year later
that lasted almost 2 months. It was very painful but I could
still manage to get around inside as long as I was resting
my feet quite a bit. The flare ups became more frequent and
the duration of pain and immobility longer each time.
In 2013 one day while walking my dog I felt this terrible
pain in my right foot. I could hardly walk. I sort of limped
home. I had to hire a dog walker for 2 months and pretty
much stayed off my feet for that amount of time. I had
orthotics made for my shoes and wore the soft braces too but
still was having so much pain in both feet if I tried to be
on my feet or doing anything like grocery shopping or
I decided that I better try to find a specialist that had
experience with the condition of Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
and came highly recommended then arrange for a consultation.
Dr. Richie and the Richie brace came up in my google search
so I decided to make an appointment for consultation.
I cannot express how thankful I am for finding Dr. Richie
and having had the Richie brace (orthotic) custom made for
both feet. The results are so beyond what I imagined
possible! I can do what I need to do and want to do and
basically do it pain free!!!! It is really so incredible to
go from a position where mobility is nearly totally impaired
due to pain and dysfunction to being mobile and pain free
thanks to the braces and orthotics!
I have to wear the Richie braces at least for 6 months
though quite honestly should I need to do so for longer I
can say without hesitation that would be no problem because
I am so grateful for ability to walk without pain and for
thus far at least 7 hours/day wearing the combo
brace/orthotics) am working my way up to 8 plus hours!
Thank you Dr. Richie for really being able to diagnose and
treat the condition my feet are in and for such a wonderful
product that actually helps so much to alleviate pain and do
what Is necessary to help my severely pronated feet and the
injury bilaterally to the posterior tibial tendons. I look
forward to continued progress with regard to my condition
and also to being mobile every day without pain! Thanks~
April 25, 2012
Hi Dr. Richie,
I can't believe it's already been 9 months since my surgery!
I just wanted to update you on how things are going. I ran
for the first time on October 28 (for four minutes), and,
other than a few aches and pains in other parts of my lower
legs/feet at the beginning of getting back into training, I
have had ZERO pain in my feet since. I competed in my first
race three weeks ago (a 5k for spring track) and have been
doing consistent workouts and races since.
I can't even describe how great it is to be able to run pain
free again, and without a doubt you are to thank for this.
So thank you, thank you, thank you. Running is extremely
special to me and you understood this from the beginning and
helped me get this part of my life back.
All of the best,
February 10, 2011
Hi Dr. Richie,
I first began experiencing pain in my right foot in 2003 at
the age of 55. After treatment by another podiatrist, I
failed to improve with custom foot orthotics. I was referred
by a friend to Dr. Richie .During my first visit to Dr
Richie he diagnosed my problem as posterior tibial tendon
dysfunction. He customized a Richie Brace to fit my foot. I
wore the brace faithfully for five months. After that time
period Dr. Richie fitted me with custom orthotics. I truly
believe that the use of the Richie Brace spared me from
painful surgery and restored my ability to participate in
the activities that I enjoy.
I am happy to report that eight years following my initial
treatment with the Richie Brace I continue to lead a very
active and pain free life. I am able to play tennis three or
four times and week. I also walk three or four miles a day.
M.M. (age 63)
December 16, 2010
Sometime during the early 1980's I had back surgery where I
had some nerve damage which left the outside of my left leg
numb and left me with little control of my left foot.
Several years later I developed a callus on the bottom and
outside of my foot which became very painful to walk on.
Even though I saw different doctors and had several kinds of
braces and orthotics, the pain was relieved for only short
periods of time. My wife suggested that I should go to see
Dr. Richie whom she had been going to for some time. I did
so without much confidence that the pain problem would be
When Dr. Richie examined my food, he suggested an ankle
brace. After several visits and a few adjustments to the
brace, he suggested I have a 1/2 inch wedge inserted into
the sole of the shoe. For the past two months, I have been
very ecstatic with the brace and the adjustments. I have
been walking with virtually no pain.
A very satisfied patient
August 10, 2010
I am 70 years old but very active, training and showing my
border collies in obedience, agility and herding trials and
running a small sheep farm. A teenage accident left me with
almost no cartilage in my subtalar and the bone has
seriously deteriorated. The pain was so intense, I was close
to deciding on the radical surgery of bone fusion and my
activities were seriously curtailed. Since I started wearing
my Richie Brace all day, every day, the pain reduction has
been close to 95% and thoughts of surgery are now shoved in
a dark recess.
It is nothing short of amazing. I am eternally grateful.