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Could suborthelene orthotic devices be altered using a hairdryer?

Could suborthelene orthotic devices be altered using a hairdryer?

Unlikely, but...: It depends on the orthotic material. Some orthotics could be modified with the help of a small oven or the heat gun. The heat from those allows them to be corrected by re-molding them. However, the hair dryer may not be hot enough for the vast majority of the good quality materials used in the orthotic manufacturing. ...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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Can suborthelene orthotic devices be manipulated using a hairdryer?

Hairdryer/orthotic: It's unlikely that a standard hairdryer will generate enough heat to make adjusting an orthotic possible. However a better question would be are you trying to make an adjustment yourself? I would recommend you see the prescribing physician for any adjustments. There is a science involved that goes beyond just heating and bending the device. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any company that makes orthotic devices for people who have had a stroke?

Can you tell me of any company that makes orthotic devices for people who have had a stroke?

Terrific question: Contact the rehabilitation department of your local hospital, especially the physical therapy and occupational therapy divisions, and request their assistance in finding an experienced orthotist, who can design customized and useful devices. ...Read more

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Can both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis get better over 6 months with stretching exercises and orthotic device?Are they self-limiting?

Can both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis get better over 6 months with stretching exercises and orthotic device?Are they self-limiting?

Yes: This is often the main treatment used for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Other treatments are available if thus does not work. Sounds like you have a good doc treating you. ...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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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 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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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