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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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Are there any side effects from wearing orthotics?

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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Side effects of orthotics. Sweaty feet?

Side effects of orthotics. Sweaty feet?

Materials: If you have sweaty feet then you can treat your sweaty feet. If you feel the material on the device is causing the sweaty feet there are more breathable topcovers that can be used. ...Read more

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Is it okay if the side of your foot side aches with custom orthotics ?

Is it okay if the side of your foot side aches with custom orthotics ?

No!: A custom orthotic should not cause any pain! if your foot aches, it can often be addressed with a simple adjustment. ...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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New to orthotics - what should I know?

Depends: First, we don't know whether you actually need orthotic devices or not, . In my experience, many people who are prescribed orthoses either don't need them, or are prescribed the wrong ones. Assuming you do need them, it is best to wean into them slowly, as it can take a while to get acclimated . If they continue to hurt you need to get them adjusted, or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can orthotics be worn while exercising?

Can orthotics be worn while exercising?

Orthotics & Exercise: Designing custom orthotic devices for exercise is crucial for so many athletes. There are certain precautions to have, but all sports medicine podiatrists understand these. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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How effective are store bought orthotics like spenco in replacing insoles?

How effective are store bought orthotics like spenco in replacing insoles?

They CAN be great!: Keep in mind that they are an over-the-counter product, but they can be very good for your feet. Their thinthotic can be heat molded to give more (or less) arch that it come in the package. Their newer line of polysorb total support has really surprised me in how beneficial it can be. They have a large number of products and I have found them to be all some patients need. Good replacement insoles! ...Read more

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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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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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Are zapz orthotics for the shoes effective?

They're ok: Zapz orthotics are off the shelf insoles that can be heated and molded when stepped on. The problem is this molds them in an unstable position when you stand. I feel that this is non better than other otc insoles such as powersteps, spenco, or superfeet. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is better shoe insoles or orthotics?

Insoles vs orthotics: Both can be effective. I personally on my patients use insoles with better shoes first before i fabricate orthotics due to cost.. ...Read more

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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 best shoe for orthotic support?

There is no ONE: Best shoe for orthotic support. Its more about quality and features. A shoe needs to be appropriate fir the activity; needs to fit and feel comfortable with the orthotic inside. Get the best quality you can afford and quality tends to cost more. ...Read more

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Does anyody know the benefits of orthotic shoes?

See below: Whether your referring to orthopedic made shoes or orthotic inserts that go into any shoe both are indicated in redistributing abnormal pressures and or movements in the ankles or feet to prevent further pain or progressive degeneration of joints tendons muscles bones and even nerves and help stabilize a person's gait. ...Read more

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How helpful are orthotics in relieving foot pain?

Orthotics: When the underlying mechanism of the problem has a biomechanical basis, orthotics are tremendously helpful at relieving the condition and also preventing recurrence. ...Read more

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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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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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How are custom orthotics made?

In a orthotic lab : Orthotics are typically casted in the office and made in a lab. ...Read more