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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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Could custom orthotics help high arches?

Could custom orthotics help high arches?

Definately yes: A custom orthotic made to fit your foot will redistribute pressure across the entire foot, can ease heel pain, arch pain, even knee and low back pain. You need to see a podiatrist to have a cast taken. Don't use a cast where you step into a foam box- not accurate enough, either plaster or computer scan. The computer is not better than plaster- only neater. ...Read more

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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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What type of orthotic is best for high arch?

What type of orthotic is best for high arch?

Custom orthotics: As with many things in life, there is good, better, best. This is true for orthotics too. Custom orthotics are by far the best. Make sure that your podiatrist uses plaster to cast your feet in the "subtalar joint neutral position" so you will receive orthotics that correct abnormal biomechanics. Over-the-counter arch supports are made for the "average" foot and the arch will be too low for you. ...Read more

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Is there corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Is there corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Fallen arches: This is what I like to call gee whiz surgery because of what it can entail. See your prospective surgeon, sit down and ask a ton of questions. ...Read more

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Has anyone had successful corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Has anyone had successful corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Yes: Corrective surgery for fallen arches can be succesful. Dependant on the type of surgery required this can be a short or very long recovery. Consult with a podiatrist to determine what will be the best treatment approach for you. ...Read more

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Could orthotics help with high arches?

Could orthotics help with high arches?

Yes: A custom orthotic will help to support a high arched foot especially a bow strung plantar fascia that can become symptomatic. ...Read more

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Are orthotics helpful for people with high arches?

Are orthotics helpful for people with high arches?

Yes, but not all: An orthotic helps to balance and stabilize your mechanics. A high-arched foot has unique issues that a properly made custom orthotic can address. However, most off the shelf insoles are geared to flat feet and may not help you as much as you'd like. ...Read more

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If high arches, should I get custom-made orthotics or buy them at drugstore?

High arches: I would see a podiatrist first to determine which is better. Depends if you have a rigid high arch or do u get some collapse of the arch when you stand ...Read more

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Can you still exercise with fallen arches with orthotics?

Yes: You can exercise even if you can't walk. If you have trouble with your feet while walking or jogging, you might want to go to a shoe store where the salespeople can fit you with supportive shoes. But don't discount bicycling or walking in a pool if you can. There are all sorts of ways to exercise. ...Read more

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Orthotics feel so hard despite blue material. Anything soft/cushy I could use over them? Arch pain.

Orthotics feel so hard despite blue material. Anything soft/cushy I could use over them? Arch pain.

Orthotics: Can be made custom to fit your only your feet. Podiatrist can always adjust them and add cushion. Otc orthotics are not made specific for your feet. ...Read more

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Why do they make half orthotics and full orthotics and what is the difference it makes to the foot or arch I pronate?

Why do they make half orthotics and full orthotics and what is the difference it makes to the foot or arch I pronate?

No diff in support: The most important part of the orthotic is from the heel to behind the metatarsal heads where the rigid support ends. This is what controls the motion in the foot. It makes minimal diiference if it is full or 3/4 length. The padding beyond this is for comfort and cushining and is a option for those who like the feel of a full lenght orthotic. ...Read more

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Help with flattening feet with high arches needed. Any good orthotic found in stores?

Help with flattening feet with high arches needed. Any good orthotic found in stores?

Some choices are: Superfeet, spenco, and powerstep. With feet like you describe, it is possible that a custom orthotic would be best. You should visit with a podiatrist to see what the best treatment options are for you. ...Read more

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I have a severely collapsed arch in one foot and am looking at custom orthotics, should I definitely use neutral rather than 'supportive' shoes?

I have a severely collapsed arch in one foot and am looking at custom orthotics, should I definitely use neutral rather than 'supportive' shoes?

Arch collapse: What is your other foot like? Is it also collapsed? If not you may have ruptured a tendon which holds up the arch. You should be evaluated. Either way if custom orthotics are recommended. Place them in a neutral shoe ...Read more

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1 foot arch much lower than other. Can't afford custom orthotics. Will dr scholls machine tell if feet are different to buy 2 different supports?

1 foot arch much lower than other. Can't afford custom orthotics. Will dr scholls machine tell if feet are different to buy 2 different supports?

Be seen: You may want to be seen. The bigger question is really why one arch is higher than the other and are orthotics for that even appropriate. It is unusual for one arch to be higher than the other without something being wrong with one or both if the feet. Tarsal coalition is just one example if this and in general an orthotic would not be real helpful. ...Read more

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I have had pain in the arch of my foot since Friday. Was better yesterday but worse today. It is worse walking on hard surfaces. I wear orthotics.

I have had pain in the arch of my foot since Friday. Was better yesterday but worse today. It is worse walking on hard surfaces. I wear orthotics.

Plantar fasciitis: You most likely have plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band which acts as a shock absorber for the foot. With stress on the foot you can develop little tears. The treatment is arch support, anti inflammatory medicine, massage, and physical therapy. If the pain worsens get an X-ray to rule out a fracture, bone spur or other pathology. ...Read more

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Clarify :ihave prescription strength orthotics but will that be sufficient for exercise running 6 miles wk. Or is there something more support? No-arch

SHOULD BE OK: As long as they have some flexibility; not a completely rigid type; should be ok. Some doctors and orthotic labs try to sell you a different device for every sport. That's crazy and expensive. ...Read more

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I have pressure and pain, at times on the arch of my right foot. I normally wear orthotics, but still using temporary ones because they are soft, while the permanent ones are harder. What is best adv?

I have pressure and pain, at times on the arch of my right foot. I normally wear orthotics, but still using temporary ones because they are soft, while the permanent ones are harder. What is best adv?

Depends on foot type: It depends on foot type and activity level. Some people tolerate a harder orthotic better than others. Some people do better with softer. A hard orthotic can control rotation of the heel better but totally depends on what your feet do when you stand, walk, and do activity. ...Read more

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I need to know the best orthotic for over pronation of my arch due to tendon repair surgery.

A custom made: One but more info would be needed to tell you the rx that would go along with the customization. ...Read more

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For flatfeet/o0verpronation & wear orthotics is it good to wear the orthotics w a shoe tha already has an arch built in? Too much support? Are you a podiatrist? Thank-you much, Sheila

You would know: If it was too much support as it would not be comfortable. If the orthotic is well made to your foot then the sneaker type does not matter as much. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended orthotics for painful feet dye to fallen arches?

Orthotics: The best orthotics are ones that are formed from a non weight bearing molds. Podiatrist are experts at making orthotics. ...Read more

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If you wear orthotics for flat acquired flat feet[fallen arches] is this smart, or a bad idea?

If prescribed smart: If prescribed by your foot specialist after care full evaluation of the cause it is smart, if you are using on your own with out knowing the cause of this acquired flat feet then it is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Swelling and pain in arch of foot. Can OTC orthotic insoles work just as well as expensive custom ones?

Swelling and pain in arch of foot. Can OTC orthotic insoles work just as well as expensive custom ones?

Maybe try: Worth a try custom arches are good for people with normal arch shapes flat or too arched. ...Read more

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Is there any type of cure or surgery to help with fallen arch flat foot on left foot and. Does it work? I use orthotics.

Is there any type of cure or surgery to help with fallen arch flat foot on left foot and. Does it work? I use orthotics.

Best to Ask & Ask: There is a surgery to correct just about anything that is perceived to be wrong with a foot. Most of the surgeries work pretty well and have a predictably good outcome. Some, well, can have more risk and need to considered thoughtfully. There are several ways to treat a "fallen" arch, your best answer would be to seek several opinions from specialists familiar with the various treatment options. ...Read more