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What is the best person to see for orthotics? Pt/physiatry? Podiatry?
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Dr. Brynn Ewen
Podiatry
12 doctors agree
In brief: Podiatrist
The best way to cast for custom orthotics is to make plaster molds of each foot while holding the subtalar joint in neutral position.
As far as i know, only podiatrists use this technique. Other techniques include stepping in a foam box and stepping on a computer screen but these do no correct for abnormalities in biomechanics. Good podiatrists make orthotics that actually correct problems.

In brief: Podiatrist
The best way to cast for custom orthotics is to make plaster molds of each foot while holding the subtalar joint in neutral position.
As far as i know, only podiatrists use this technique. Other techniques include stepping in a foam box and stepping on a computer screen but these do no correct for abnormalities in biomechanics. Good podiatrists make orthotics that actually correct problems.
Dr. Brynn Ewen
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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If you seek a foot orthotic (shoe inserts) i'd recommend a podiatrist.
If you seek an ankle or knee brace (ankle foot orthosis or afo), lumbar (back) support/brace, or other complex brace/orthotic for a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal condition, then a physiatrist is best. An occupational therapist can custom-make a variety of wrist, hand, and arm braces.

In brief: Depends
If you seek a foot orthotic (shoe inserts) i'd recommend a podiatrist.
If you seek an ankle or knee brace (ankle foot orthosis or afo), lumbar (back) support/brace, or other complex brace/orthotic for a neuromuscular or musculoskeletal condition, then a physiatrist is best. An occupational therapist can custom-make a variety of wrist, hand, and arm braces.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Podiatrist
For foot orthotics a podiatrist is best.

In brief: Podiatrist
For foot orthotics a podiatrist is best.
Dr. David Tobin
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Podiatry
Being a podiatrist i feel our education in biomechanics makes us the best for orthotics.

In brief: Podiatry
Being a podiatrist i feel our education in biomechanics makes us the best for orthotics.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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3 doctors agree
In brief: A podiatrist
A podiatrist is a specialist trained in the care and treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
We, as a profession, are well trained in which type of prescription orthotics would be best for the variety of conditions that may be bothering you.

In brief: A podiatrist
A podiatrist is a specialist trained in the care and treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
We, as a profession, are well trained in which type of prescription orthotics would be best for the variety of conditions that may be bothering you.
Dr. David Hettinger
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-fernandez
This is correct if you only need foot/ankle orthotics. For people with neurologic injuries or with upper extremity problems i would recommend you see a physiatrist.
3 doctors agree
In brief: Casting methof
Generally speaking a podiatrist is the best choice.
However, it mostly depends on the casting technique. The molds should made with the foot in a neutral position, not done by standing in a foam box.

In brief: Casting methof
Generally speaking a podiatrist is the best choice.
However, it mostly depends on the casting technique. The molds should made with the foot in a neutral position, not done by standing in a foam box.
Dr. Eric Trattner
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Good evaluation
Go to a physician that will give you a complete biomechanical evaluation.

In brief: Good evaluation
Go to a physician that will give you a complete biomechanical evaluation.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Joseph Gregorace
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Orthotics
A physiatrist or podiatrist or orthopedist specializing in foot/ankle injuries.

In brief: Orthotics
A physiatrist or podiatrist or orthopedist specializing in foot/ankle injuries.
Dr. Joseph Gregorace
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: A podiatrist!
Podiatrists are specialists of the foot and ankle.
We do surgery (bunions, hammertoes, ankle fractures, etc.), wound care for diabetics or trauma patients, treat athlete's foot and toenails fungus, ingrown toenails, tendinitis, sports injuries, birth defects or deformities, bracing and orthotics--just about anything affecting the foot or ankle.

In brief: A podiatrist!
Podiatrists are specialists of the foot and ankle.
We do surgery (bunions, hammertoes, ankle fractures, etc.), wound care for diabetics or trauma patients, treat athlete's foot and toenails fungus, ingrown toenails, tendinitis, sports injuries, birth defects or deformities, bracing and orthotics--just about anything affecting the foot or ankle.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Podiatry
In brief: Podiatry
Podiatry.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Podiatry or PT
Either may work depending on practitioner.

In brief: Podiatry or PT
Either may work depending on practitioner.
Dr. Su Fairchild
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Dr. Andrew Schneider
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Orthotics
There are many philosophies with regard to custom orthotics, even with doctors in the same specialty.
You should pursue orthotics with a doctor who takes the time to evaluate you mechanically and takes a proper mold of your foot. While this occurs often in podiatry, you need to know your specific doctor's philosophy.

In brief: Orthotics
There are many philosophies with regard to custom orthotics, even with doctors in the same specialty.
You should pursue orthotics with a doctor who takes the time to evaluate you mechanically and takes a proper mold of your foot. While this occurs often in podiatry, you need to know your specific doctor's philosophy.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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In brief: Podiatry
IMHO

In brief: Podiatry
IMHO
Dr. Richard Taddeo
Dr. Richard Taddeo
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: Podiatrist.
I would consult a podiatrist for evaluating, prescribing and casting for orthoces.

In brief: Podiatrist.
I would consult a podiatrist for evaluating, prescribing and casting for orthoces.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: orthotics
As the question referred to orthotics and included podiatry in the question , the answer is podiatrists.
Referring to back braces does not include podiatry , clearly. See you podiatrist for the best orthotics.

In brief: orthotics
As the question referred to orthotics and included podiatry in the question , the answer is podiatrists.
Referring to back braces does not include podiatry , clearly. See you podiatrist for the best orthotics.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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