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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 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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How should I prepare for an orthotic assessment?

Orthotics: First be open minded and realistic about the type of shoes you expect the orthotic to fit in. You should bring a pair of shoes with you to your orthotic assesment so yoir doctor can get a sense of what style and type of shoe gear you wear. This will help make sure you get an orthotic that will be functional and that you will use and not sit tucked away in a draw. Read more

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Is there a less expensive alternative to lynco orthotic inserts?

Is there a less expensive alternative to lynco orthotic inserts?

Spenco: Hi:

many of my patients have benefited from spenco total support gel insoles that rune $20 and can be found at any sporting goods store.

Best regards:


dr. Mark reed
placentia-linda foot & ankle group
drs. Mark and melanie reed
1275 rose drive, suite 136
placentia, ca 92870
fax: (714) 528-0739
office: (714) 528-2252
www. Footpain. Org
drmreed@footpain. Org. Read more

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How can you keep orthotic shoe inserts from squeaking?

Determine: If it is the orthotic itself or is the orthotic causing the shoe itself to squeak. I think it is the shoe. 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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Orthosis (Definition)

An orthopedic appliance or apparatus used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities or to improve function of movable ...Read more