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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
Are orthotics recommended for any foot instability or only if symptomatic? Should they be used regardless to help prevent problems later on?
Depends on severity: of the deformity. IF significant deformity still exists on xrays and child has symptoms of tripping etc, then further surgery may be necessary. However, if the deformity is mild in nature and n symptoms are present then good sturdy shoegear with functional orthotics should suffice. ...Read more
Turning in: Does the foot turn inwards when he is not standing? Or does his arch collapse when he is standing? If is in toeing of the feet correction could be achieve by serial casting which i would recommend you do as soon as possible before his muscles are developed. If the arch collapses, i would wait until he is 3 years old to see if he needs orthotics. See a podiatrist or child orthopod. ...Read more
They CAN be great!: Keep in mind that they are an over-the-counter product, but they can be very good for your feet. Their thinthotic can be heat molded to give more (or less) arch that it come in the package. Their newer line of polysorb total support has really surprised me in how beneficial it can be. They have a large number of products and I have found them to be all some patients need. Good replacement insoles! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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