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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 accidentally stepped on top of a belt buckle over the ball of my foot for a few seconds. I was wearing supportive shoes with orthotics at the time.

I accidentally stepped on top of a belt buckle over the ball of my foot for a few seconds. I was wearing supportive shoes with orthotics at the time.

I am unsure what the: question is? Are you hurting? Did the buckle penetrate the shoe or the orthotics; and did it cut into the foot? Kindly re-ask the question, explaining how it is affecting you??? ...Read more

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Had Tenex (guanfacine) surg 4 chronic plantar fasciosis 7 weeks ago, no relief. Also tendon repair on outer ankle. Also tried p/t, orthotics, boot. Next step? Pain!

Had Tenex (guanfacine) surg 4 chronic plantar fasciosis 7 weeks ago, no relief. Also tendon repair on outer ankle. Also tried p/t, orthotics, boot. Next step? Pain!

Many options: Shock waver treatment is effective in about 75% oif cases. Platelet rerich plasma ( prp) has been shown in at least one study to be more effective than steroid injections. Ultimate treatment ios surgery which is aboiut 85% sucessful. ...Read more

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B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis. No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

Second opinion: There are a number of more involved options for plantar fasciitis that does not respond to traditional treatments including orthotics and injections as you have had; among these options is surgery. You might consider getting a second opinion as well. Tarsal tunnel syndrome could potentially explain the symptoms you are describing. ...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 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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