Post-Op Orthotics: Can They Have An Impact?

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David J. Levine, DPM, CPed

   The aforementioned case study was just one example of a patient who had postoperative needs that were different than her pre-operative needs. There are many more examples like this that we face every day in our practices. There are minor cases in which a single toe or metatarsal might change in position all the way to a major case involving Charcot reconstruction in a patient who is neuropathic.

   We can not afford to forget how important biomechanics is prior to surgery, during surgery and even after surgery. With more and more emphasis on surgical training within our profession, we can not lose sight of the podiatric fundamentals.

   Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is in private practice and is the director and owner of the Frederick, Md.-based Walkright and Physician‘s Footwear, a fully accredited pedorthic facility.

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