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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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I went to a foot doctor around 3 weeks ago and had a mold of my feet for custom orthodics. How long does it normally take to get them in?

I went to a foot doctor around 3 weeks ago and had a mold of my feet for custom orthodics. How long does it normally take to get them in?

Orthotics: Custom orthotic delivery varies with the lab. In my office ours usually arrive in 10 to 14 days. Give your podiatrists office a shout and they will advise you as to when they will arrive. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to clean my custom soft orthotics?

What can I do to clean my custom soft orthotics?

See below: Usually a damp sponge with a mild soap. When in doubt call your doctor. ...Read more

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How many people wear custom made vs scholls orthotics?

How many people wear custom made vs scholls orthotics?

A few: Some people have tried over-the-counter arch supports, and may find they meet their needs and not want more. Others have tried a few types and they might not have helped. Like no one eyeglass prescription fits all, neither do arch supports. See a podiatrist to see what's best for your need. ...Read more

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How much does it typically cost for custom orthotics?

Big Bucks..: It depends on the material and design. Figure 300.00- 500.00. Some may be slightly under and some over. ...Read more

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How long do cork with AVA custom made orthotics last? Any tips to make them last longer?

6 months w/daily use: With daily use, 6 months is the expected lifespan. This is why most insurance companies allow 4 pair/year. It's going to sound flippant, but losing weight will make them last longer. Less compression on the cork, less stress on the insoles themselves. ...Read more

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How do I clean a pair of custom-made orthotics that started smelling (and possibly causing a rash)?

Most houselhold : Spray cleaners will take care of the orthotics that are plastic and with naugahyde topcovers, but if you're sensitive to cleanign products, use a damp cloth, perhaps made damp by a little soapy water. Never use anything involving heat, as this can alter the shape of the orthotic shell. ...Read more

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What would be a simple way to help with an accessory navicular and over pronation at home with custom orthotics.

Not Simple.: I'm not sure what you are asking. Many people has an accessory navicular and have absolutely no symptoms. Are you having pain or are just wanting to control pronation. Seek the consult of a specialist to help determine just how to address you concerns. ...Read more

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What is orthotics?

What is orthotics?

Fabricated supports: Custom made foot supports are fabricated to models of your feet, and incorporate corrections for abnormalities in the foot structure and/or function. See a podiatrist or orthotist for these devices. ...Read more

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How to have orthotics made?

Podiatrist.: See a podiatrist. You should have a custom molded plaster of paris cast applied while you are sitting or laying supine, not standing. ...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 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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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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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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