Current Concepts In Orthotic Prescriptions

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Guest Clinical Editor: Paul Scherer, DPM

   Dr. Sundstrom is affiliated with the Orthopedics, Podiatry and Sports Medicine Department in the Division of Musculoskeletal Services at the San Francisco Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. She is board certified in foot surgery and in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

   Dr. Scherer is a Clinical Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine at Pomona, Calif. He is also the CEO of ProLab Orthotics/USA.


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­2. Scherer PR, Sanders J, Eldredge DE, et al. Effect of functional foot orthoses on first metatarsophalangeal joint dorsiflexion in stance and gait. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2006; 96(6):474-81.
3. Kirby KA. The medial heel skive technique: improving pronation control in foot orthoses. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1992; 82(4):177-88.
4. Blake RL, Ferguson H. Foot orthosis for the severe flatfoot in sports. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 1991; 81(10):549-55.
5. Murley GS, Bird AR. The effect of three levels of foot orthotic wedging on the surface electromyographic activity of selected lower limb muscles during gait. Clin Biomech. 2006; 21(10):1074-80.

   For further reading, see “Emerging Insights On Orthotic Prescriptions And Modifications” in the February 2011 issue of Podiatry Today.

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Edmond F. Mertzenichsays: April 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

I have found that for many patients that don't have insurance, the prefab is a great way to go. It is better then the stuff people find on the shelf at pharmacy or large discount stores. It gives patients more options, especially if they can't afford custom molded devices.

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