Re: Best type of orthotics?

As you have probably figured out the selection of an orthotic and the materials can vary from doctor to doctor. Different areas of the country, where one trained, what lab is used all contribute to the choice made. In Texas where I practice, I have not made a leather orthotic for many years. It does not seem to hold up long in the heat. Many years ago when I was a student in New York, we had to learn to make both leather and rigid orthotics. Of course we all griped about it then, but I can to understand that there is no cookie cutter answer to orthotics.

To answer why I do not use orthotics for post neuroma surgeries is that if ayt all necessary, a shock absorbering material may be all that is necessary. I have used Silipos and Viscopeds which are silicone pre-fab inserts. In your case, you should assess what materials seemed to work best for you and discuss this with your doctor. You might try having a top cover of a soft shock absorbing material such as plastazote, pelite, puff, spenco to name a few. Underneath, you might use what worked for you in the past.

Good luck.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on May 16, 2004 at 19:50:30:

In Reply to: Re: Best type of orthotics? posted by Gail on May 16, 2004 at 16:37:16:

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