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Orthotics Q&A

Guest Clinical Editor: Jenny Sanders, DPM, FACPM Panelists: Natasha Baczewski, DPM, FACFAS, Jennifer Sartori, DPM, FACFAS

Demands of work and home life often require patients to wear dress shoes, at least on occasion. Here the panelists share their experiences and advice on successful implementation of dress orthotics into a biomechanical treatment plan for both men…

Guest Clinical Editor: Timothy Dutra, DPM, FACPM Panelists: David Jenkins, DPM, FACFAS, FAASPM, Karen Langone, DPM, DABPM and Dianne Mitchell-Pray, DPM

Patients with special needs experience higher rates of certain foot and ankle conditions. In order to address the unique needs of this population, the panelists discuss specialized interpersonal approaches to these cases, along with common…

Guest Clinical Editor: David Levine, DPM, C.Ped

Orthotic modifications are a key benefit of what distinguishes custom devices from prefabricated, off-the-shelf insoles. Accordingly, these panelists discuss modifications that have shown the greatest success in their practices and share pearls…

Guest Clinical Editor: Kevin Kirby, DPM

Addressing shoe gear, medial tibial stress syndrome and other factors unique to runner patients, these experts share their experiences with orthotic features, modifications and materials for optimal outcomes.

Panelists: Richard Blake, DPM, Paul Langer, DPM, Dianne Mitchell-Pray, DPM, and Robert Phillips, DPM

What is the most optimal approach for using heel lifts in patients with limb length discrepancy? What are the best materials for top covers? What kind of rearfoot correction/posting should you use for extreme supinators? Expert panelists tackle…

Panelists: Patrick Nunan, DPM, FACFAS, Jenny L. Sanders, DPM, and Lisa Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS

These expert panelists discuss evaluating the necessity of orthotics in athletes with heel pain, as well as shoe modifications and orthotic modifications for specific sports.

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What is your initial approach for evaluating the need for…

Panelists: Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, Gene Mirkin, DPM, Russell Volpe, DPM, and Bruce Williams, DPM

These knowledgeable panelists discuss when to prescribe custom-hinged ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), non-hinged AFOs and custom gauntlet AFOs, and also describe common shoe modifications for the devices.

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For what conditions do you…

Following surgery, orthoses can be crucial in helping restore altered lower extremity biomechanics. These expert panelists discuss when to prescribe post-op orthoses, how patients can benefit, and what orthotic modifications are most effective.…

Guest Clinical Editor: Doug Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS

Nuanced casting techniques can aid podiatric physicians in providing the most effective orthoses for patients with plantar heel pain. These panelists discuss their preferred casting techniques, whether to modify the foot position during casting…

Guest Clinical Editor: Doug Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS

These expert panelists discuss their orthotic decision making process for patients with heel pain, touching on when to use custom devices and when prefabricated orthotics are sufficient.

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There appears to be lack of agreement among…

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