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X-Celling The Future of Orthotics

hmpadmin | 5,457 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2002

Looking for a custom orthotic that will improve the gait of your patients?

Ski Boot Orthotics: Plowing Through The Options

Clinical Editor: Howard Dananberg, DPM | 34,257 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2002

As December arrives, patients who enjoy winter sports begin to think about skiing. Ski boot technology has come a long way in recent years, with many comfort features added to complement the performance the boots are designed to provide. Patients will often ask your opinion as to what they need and how they can enhance their skiing. With this in mind, our expert panelists offer their opinions. Q: What are the most interesting advances now available in ski boots for the upcoming season?

A Closer Look At Orthotics For Pediatric Conditions

Guest Clinical Editor: Eric Feit, DPM | 28,868 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/2005

   While one must take special considerations into account while prescribing orthotics for children, different pediatric conditions also warrant special care. Following up on the previous discussion of pediatric orthotics (see “Expert Insights On Prescribing Pediatric Orthotics,” page 24, February issue), our expert panelists discuss key orthotic pearls in treating metatarsus adductus, abnormal femoral torsion and flatfoot in the pediatric population.    Q: Are orthotics helpful for a rigid metatarsus adductus foot type?

Can Orthotics Address The Faulty Biomechanics Of Metatarsalgia?

Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM | 40,038 reads | 1 comments | 06/03/2005

   Metatarsalgia is one of the more commonly seen complaints in any podiatry practice. Common treatments for the disorder include ice, removable metatarsal pads, antiinflammatories, injected steroids and physical therapy. While such treatments often completely resolve an acute bout of metatarsalgia, they often do nothing to remedy the true underlying biomechanical causes of the problem.    To correct the faulty foot biomechanics, DPMs rely on custom foot orthotics.

What You Should Know About Billing For Orthotics

By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor | 18,900 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2004

Doc Baker had it easy. As the only physician in Walnut Grove, he had the market cornered. Anyone who lived in or visited the fictional center of the Little House On The Prairie television series (whether it was Laura Ingalls, Nellie Olsen or some unfortunate guest star like Ernest Borgnine) had to go to Doc Baker for their ills. Everything was curable and everyone paid at the end of the visit.

Why Podiatrists Should Not Fear Custom Foot Orthotics At Costco

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 110,525 reads | 8 comments | 05/28/2009

A few months ago, a patient said she saw a service advertised at Costco, which provided custom foot orthotics to customers for a price of $89 per pair. She asked if I was concerned about this “competition” from a mass retailer. I replied that this type of commercial offering of custom foot orthotics would only help drive more patients into the offices of podiatric physicians.

Study: Custom Orthotics Not Necessarily Better Than Prefab

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 20,651 reads | 2 comments | 02/03/2005

   Many podiatrists report positive benefits anecdotally of using custom orthotics to treat plantar fasciitis. However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Association (JAPMA) points out flaws in the current literature on the subject and suggests there is no current evidence basis to support the notion of custom orthotics being more effective than prefabricated orthotics for plantar fasciitis.

When Orthotics Can Treat Low Back Pain

Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Sol, DPM, CPed | 44,573 reads | 1 comments | 04/03/2003

Have you seen your share of patients who have back pain as a result of compensating for gait-related problems? If so, you’re not alone. Some patients may indeed get relief from lower back pain after getting custom orthotics. With this in mind, our expert panelists tackle this important subject. Q: Podiatrists often report that many of their patients experience relief of low back pain after receiving custom orthotics. What is the relationship?

Can Smart Orthotics Have An Impact In Preventing Ulceration?

hmpadmin | 11,907 reads | 0 comments | 05/20/2010
Q: Many studies that investigated the use of therapeutic footwear along with accommodative inserts have reported only moderate rates of efficacy in preventing diabetic ulcer recurrence. Can one attribute this to the oversimplification of the foot ulcer pathology? A:

Post-Op Orthotics: Can They Have An Impact?

David J. Levine, DPM, CPed | 13,965 reads | 0 comments | 12/28/2010

With a compelling case study, this author illustrates how the biomechanical needs of a patient can change postoperatively. Accordingly, he emphasizes the importance of a sound biomechanical assessment and gait analysis after surgery, and how these findings will influence conservative management postoperatively.