Why Wider Orthotics Tend To Be More Comfortable

Larry Huppin DPM | 3,819 reads | 0 comments | 02/06/2013

I had a patient come in recently for dispensing of new orthotic devices. He had worn orthoses for years and was starting to get a return of his plantar fasciitis symptoms. Another podiatrist provided the previous orthoses.

Orthotics Are Not Biomechanics

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 9,236 reads | 0 comments | 11/21/2012

Over the past quarter century of lecturing at national and international seminars on the topics of foot and lower extremity biomechanics, foot orthotic therapy and sports injuries, I have had the pleasure to meet many podiatrists who share my interest in these subjects.

While orthotics can be beneficial in treating a variety of lower extremity ailments, getting appropriate reimbursement can be tricky. Accordingly, this author shares insights on sound billing practices, pertinent coding nuances and addressing patient ex

How To Master Billing For Orthotics

Anthony Poggio, DPM | 99,487 reads | 2 comments | 05/03/2008

Orthotics are an integral part of podiatric practice. They provide viable treatment options for many conditions that we treat. However, there are also associated hard costs with orthotics that can be a financial detriment to the practice if the office cannot collect fees in a timely fashion.

Expert Insights On Prescribing Pediatric Orthotics

Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM | 51,112 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2005

   There is an array of special considerations one must take into account when prescribing pediatric orthotics. In addition, it is important to work with both children and their parents to encourage compliance so the child does not develop problems later in life. With this in mind, our expert panelists share their experience on prescribing pediatric orthotics.    Q: When prescribing an orthotic for a child, how do you explain to the parents that the child may need to wear these devices for many years or the rest of his or her life?

How To Prescribe Orthotics For Runners

By Alona Kashanian, DPM | 17,798 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2002

Most competitive runners do not like being restricted in their regimens. As we all know, these patients are very anxious to resume their running activity. However, they do look to foot and ankle specialists for help in reducing the inflammation, preventing and/or recuperating from lower extremity injuries. In order to write effective orthotic prescriptions for these patients, be sure to pay attention to cast correction, materials and additional bells and whistles.

How To Fix Squeaky Orthotics

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 61,209 reads | 1 comments | 09/06/2011

We learn in school that when an orthotic squeaks, sprinkling powder on the insole of the shoe before placing the orthotic in the shoe will eliminate the squeak. What do we do when this does not work?

Chronic Ankle Instability: Can Orthotics Help?

By Douglas Richie, Jr., DPM | 51,331 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2006

     Podiatric physicians use foot orthotics daily to treat a myriad of lower extremity conditions. Yet while the foot orthotics industry has been growing each year, researchers in the field of biomechanics have begun to challenge previous clinical studies showing that foot orthotics really work. At the same time, third party insurance payors have started questioning the value of foot orthotic therapy on the grounds that this treatment intervention is “experimental” and still without verification of the overall benefit.

Key Prescription Pearls For Diabetic Orthotics

By Eric M. Feit, DPM, FACFAS and Alona Kashanian, DPM | 14,609 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/2002

It is typically easier to heal a diabetic foot ulcer than it is to prevent recurrence. Once you’ve healed the ulcer, the next challenge is to minimize pressure at the site of the old ulceration or the site of a boney prominence. If the patient has never had an ulcer but has a high risk for ulceration, then employing pressure off devices is essential for prevention.

Prescribing Orthotics For Pediatric Soccer Players

Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM | 26,784 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2003

When treating pediatric soccer players, you may see common conditions such as calcaneal apophysitis and injuries such as lateral ankle sprains. Prescribing orthotics for players also comes with its own set of considerations. Indeed, finding the right orthotic can sometimes be tricky. With that in mind, our expert panelists weigh in on how best to treat this unique group of patients. Q: What are the two or three most common biomechanical complaints you see in your pediatric patients who play soccer?

Secrets To Fabricating Effective Custom Orthotics

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Romansky, DPM | 19,608 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2004

There is no shortage of issues to consider when you are prescribing custom orthotics for different types of patients, whether it’s knowing what to look for during the biomechanical exam or understanding the keys to proper casting. With these things in mind, our expert panelists explore various issues from prescribing orthotics for athletes to altering orthotics in case of improper fit. Q: What keys do you look for in your biomechanical exam?