Best Podiatric Practice

Dr. Abrams,
I suffer from "flat feet" and "clubbing toes" (right foot only)in toes 2,3 and 4. Also, I believe one leg is shorter than the other. I have two concerns.
1) It appears that my podiatrist has used a low cost polypropylene custom orthotic. Each insert has a thick, super hard heel. I'm now starting to get some heel pain, in particular after aerobic walking. The hardness of the heel seems so completely unnatural that it concerns me.
2) When I mentioned to this podiatrist that I believed one of my legs is shorter than the other, he said that he could build up the short leg heel. Then, he used his finger and thumb to show thickness, and he said to me, "About how much? This much? About an 1/8"?" My concern here is that this seems so very unscientific. In essence, a guess. Is this proper practice when addressing compensating for leg shortness?
I'm seeing him this Monday, and I'll address these issues. I would just like to educate myself before I talk to him.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond.
Best regards,
George Wave

Posted By George Wave on April 18, 2003 at 11:23:35:

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