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What’s the benefit of orthotics if I have high arches?

What’s the benefit of orthotics if I have high arches?

Support: An orthotic may properly support your arch which can be helpful if you are having pain. The orthotic may also improve the biomechanics of your lower extremity. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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Who makes orthotics?

Specialized labs.: While a number of different types of medical professionals prescribe orthotics, and take foot impressions, most are probably made at independent labs and sent back to the prescribing professional for dispensing to the patient. I would guess that very few professionals personally make the orthotics on site. ...Read more

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How effective are orthotics?

Very Effective: Most of my patient do well with orthotics. We can treat a variety of foot and gait problems effectivly with orthotics. ...Read more

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What type of orthotics are helpful?

Custom orthotics: Custom orthotics ususlly work best. A podiatrist can do a exam and determine you prescription and what type of custom orthotics would best fit your needs. ...Read more

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I am just wondering how orthotics really work?

I am just wondering how orthotics really work?

Try to help: Orthotics are merely a brace, therefore, they will only correct while you wear them. The question is then : what do they do when you don’t wear them? The answer is; they are only effective when they are in ones shoes. They correct (if applied with the proper understanding of their function and the way they were made if custom) gait (the way you walk) and improve body symmetry at the ground level. ...Read more

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Are good orthotics good for bad ankles?

Are good orthotics good for bad ankles?

Yes: Orthotics can help ankle problems. When a foot is moderatly to severly pronated it causes added stress to the ankle joints. By using a orthotic to stop the pronation it will help keep the ankle in better alignment. Orthotics also absorb shock . They can be benificial for helping relive ankle pain and problems. ...Read more

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Are glasses and corrective lenses the same thing?

Are glasses and corrective lenses the same thing?

Yes, but: Glasses are corrective lenses, but not all corrective lenses are glasses. Contact lenses would also fall into this description. You could even add intraocular lenses to the list if you were being comprehensive. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from wearing orthotics?

Yes: Orthotics are primarily for comfort. If they hurt, they are not helping you. Some orthotics prescribed can make a condition worse such as if an orthotic with a high arch is given to a patient with a cavus foot. ...Read more

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Which field is better .DPT or Prosthetics & orthotics.

Can't really compare: They are both great specialties but focus on different aspects. The DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who will focus on restoring function and maintaining independence and in some cases the Orhtotist/Prosthetist creates the functional and structural devices that may be necessary to help do that. ...Read more

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I'm contemplating corrective vision surgery, pros and cons?

I'm contemplating corrective vision surgery, pros and cons?

Be careful: Vision correct surgery works well, but is is often misunderstood. People your age often seek it because they have developed a need for reading glasses. I suggest trying contact lenses with a mono-vision correction. If this works for you, then laser vision correction can eliminate the contacts. If you don't like the monovision, you will be miserable if you proceed with surgery. ...Read more

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What is the highest and the lowest diopter on a corrective lens?

What is the highest and the lowest diopter on a corrective lens?

Sky's the limit: Theoretically, you could have a very high or low number, but this is limited by the materials they are made of and what you could reasonably put on someone's face. I've seen glasses as strong as +15.00 and -35.00 in my own experience. ...Read more

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Hey docs, just wanted to know if I could wear my orthotics to bed?

Why?: You could if you tape them to your feet. Works well if you sleep walk without shoes.....Honestly, orthotics are functional. If you have no function, don't need them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me different corrective procedures fo exstrophy of the blatter?

Can you tell me different corrective procedures fo exstrophy of the blatter?

Complex answer: Repair asap after birth by experienced exstrophy pediatric urologist. Bladder should be closed primarily as part of one stage mitchell repair which includes epispadias repair ; bladder neck reconstruction.Either bilateral iliac osteotomies 2 facilitate approximating pubic bones ; bryant traction or my preferential 'ansell' hip wrap without need for osteomies. Abdominal wall repair ; faux umbilicus. ...Read more

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I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?

Untrue: That is absolutely untrue. Whether you use a cast, foam box or scanner, does not matter. It is the person positioning the foot that matters. ...Read more

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