Kingetics' Mission Statement: Making the less ambled The More Ambled...TM
What happens when a foot doctor breaks his foot?
Mostly people laugh at the irony.
However, who better than a doctor of podiatric medicine and a pedorthist to develop an orthotic to help protect the injured foot and to hear the call to "Heal Thyself?"
In 2007, Dr. King broke his foot — a bad 5th metatarsal Jone's fracture, for those of you that love foot doctor speak — while competing with his USTA Tennis and his Ultimate Frisbee teams. Knowing that the current foam-based shoes would not be stiff or protective enough for the job, he started utilizing advanced composite materials, including carbon fiber spring plates, to support and protect his foot. He found that putting a spring plate into a shoe was not enough. It took a moment of "Eureka" on the family ping pong table to move footwear and gait science truly forward.
Using a lever under the spring plate to create an orthopedic shock absorber and mechanical lifting machine...? It was never done before, but it worked -- really well! So, here we are: 10 marathons and one phase 1 SBIR US Department of Defense and Army Medical Research Command testing contract later... completed on time and on budget.
Dr. King personally completed 50 vertical miles (266,000 feet) of trail climbing over 300 miles of distance in 100 hours in 2016 with the Kingetics Orthotics Systems -- proving that attitude is gained with altitude...
The Doctor Is In
Dr. King is a past US Army Officer and Podiatrist -- he served in the Medical Service Corps. Dr. King earned his Air Assault badge at Schofield Army Barracks and fell in love with Hawaii (a great place to develop and test advanced footwear systems).
Dr. King is a subject matter expert and voting member of the American Society of Testing Materials Committees: 1. Homeland Security Applications Personal Protective Equipment (E54.4) and 2. Pedestrian and Walkway Safety and Footwear Standards (F13). He is the only footwear maker on E54.4 and only podiatrist on F13.