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Is one method of making foot orthotics (eg computer, cast) more effective than another?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Depends: It depends on what lab you are talking to. I have not found much difference in technique as long as the mold is done properly at the doctors office.
Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine 31 years experience
No: Absolutely not. More importantly is whether your physician wrote the proper prescription for your pathology.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Orthotics: If the prescription is correct it doesn't really matter . I find casting with biofoam very effective and a time saver for patients as well as myself. These negatives then go to the lab for plaster of paris filling to make the positive from which the orthotics are made.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2013

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