Orthotics Q&A

Guest Clinical Editor: Denise Freeman, DPM
18,671 reads | 1 comments | 05/23/2012

Our expert panelists discuss the pre-casting workup for orthotics, the advantages of plaster casting and the importance of checking range of motion. They also offer pointers on what you should look for before sending casts to the lab and troubleshooting when patients say their orthotics are not working correctly.

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Clinical Editor: Nicholas Romansky, DPM
10,612 reads | 0 comments | 03/28/2012
These expert panelists explore the efficacy of orthoses for hallux limitus, the impact of orthotic devices on the kinetic chain and key considerations with topcovers. | Continue reading
Guest Clinical Editor: Nicholas Romansky, DPM
23,519 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2011
Are orthotics prescribed too much or are they underutilized when it comes to biomechanical issues in the lower extremity? In addition to emphasizing a tailored treatment approach for each patient, these experts also detail their casting methods and the standards they use to choose orthotic fabrication materials. | Continue reading
Guest Clinical Editor: Joseph D'Amico, DPM
14,320 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2011
In addition to sharing their perspectives on rearfoot posting, these expert panelists discuss their approaches to assessing the effectiveness of their orthotic prescriptions and when it is time to replace orthoses. Q: How do you determine the type and amount of rearfoot posting you prescribe? A: Russell Volpe, DPM, prefers extrinsic rearfoot posting. He says it provides stability to the device along with the desired frontal plane correction. Dr. Volpe only switches to intrinsic rearfoot posting if there is a low volume in the counter of the intended shoe. | Continue reading
Guest Clinical Editor: Joseph D'Amico, DPM
15,731 reads | 0 comments | 05/18/2011
What is your approach and what has been your success with the conservative management of peroneal spastic flatfoot secondary to tarsal coalition? | Continue reading
Guest Clinical Editor: Paul Scherer, DPM
11,737 reads | 1 comments | 03/22/2011
Prefabricated orthoses can play a valuable role in the podiatric practice. Accordingly, our expert panelists offer insights on the key characteristics of these devices and how they utilize prefabs in the treatment of patients. The panelists also discuss the use of orthotics to prevent and treat common soccer-related injuries. | Continue reading
Guest Clinical Editor: Paul Scherer, DPM
16,962 reads | 0 comments | 01/27/2011
Our expert panelists discuss current approaches to orthotic management of pediatric flatfoot, whether functional orthoses can have an impact for hallux abducto valgus and when to employ orthotic modifications in rigid and semi-rigid devices. | Continue reading

12,503 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/2010

Prefabricated orthoses can provide improved support and other key benefits for patients with conditions such as plantar fasciitis. In addition to sharing their insights on OTC devices, these expert panelists provide pearls from their experience on common orthotic modifications that can have an impact.

Q: Do OTC orthotics play a role in your practice? If so, how much and what do you look for in an OTC device? | Continue reading

10,547 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2010
Which paradigms, teachings and studies influence podiatric physicians who prescribe orthotics? These expert panelists enumerate what factors come into play when they dispense orthoses. Q: Which of the more current paradigms for foot function have the most influence in your practice? A: “Time devoted to evaluating a patient in regard to his or her function as well as the biomechanical problem prior to prescribing the orthotic device will result in greater success with the completed orthotic device,” advises Ronald Valmassy, DPM. | Continue reading

10,599 reads | 0 comments | 07/22/2010
Our expert panelists discuss whether reducing shear in patients with diabetes is comparable to reducing plantar pressure, when to change insoles and the optimum insole depth, and the future of computer-aided design for orthoses. Q: What is the role of “shear” in orthoses for patients with diabetes? Is “shear reduction” the new plantar pressure reduction? | Continue reading