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By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/29/2010

For many years, there were only two types of shoes:  dress and casual. But with the major changes in recent years, attention needs to be paid to the relationship between shoes and orthotics, for all individuals.

By Larry Huppin, DPM on 9/27/2010 2:44 PM
I have had a lot of questions lately regarding correct coding for gauntlet type AFOs like the ProLab Stabilizer.  

This is a three-code brace.   Use these three codes to bill for gauntlet AFOs:

L-1940 A semi-rigid, molded, plastic orthosis to hold the foot in neutral position (dorsi -plantar flexion), controls foot position, custom molded from a model of the patient, custom fabricated, includes casting and cast preparation.

L-2330 A leather, or similar material, lacer molded from a model of the patient, that fits around the calf area, includes casting and cast preparation.

L-2820 Addition to lower extremity orthosis, soft Int ...
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/22/2010

How much does frontal plane foot position impact higher segments of the lower extremity? Whether the changes are structural within the foot, or external within the shoe, the impact does exist because the lower extremity joints are coupled.

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/15/2010
    The transition from residency to practice can be daunting.  One area which can be especially challenging is orthotic and brace prescription writing
By Larry Huppin, DPM on 9/13/2010 2:01 PM
I had a patient present several weeks ago with lesser metatarsal pain. This was secondary to an iatrogenic short first.  In fact, the first met head did not touch the ground, leading to rather severe pressure (and pain) under the other metatarsal heads.  

Our treatment goal was to help the first met head bear weight and to transfer pressure off of the lesser met heads.   

You can see on the picture at right how the first ...
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/8/2010

A common question among patients is, "Do orthotics work?"  The answer to this question is straightforward, yet complicated and somewhat unproven,  but there are a few attributes of orthotics that can be easily understood and explained.

By Larry Huppin, DPM on 9/2/2010 1:53 PM

I found a great blog focused on helping women find exceptionally fashionable shoes that are still good for the feet. The blog happens to be written by a friend of mine and a ProLab client.   She is a podiatrist in Portland, Oregon and loves shoes.   Her blog has become my go-to resource when women want to find extremely attractive shoes that still offer some protection for painful feet. 

Here is her introduction to the blog:

This is a place where I can feature shoes that are amazingly adorable, stylish and yet feel quite comfortable. Do all of these shoes work for everyone? No. Can you walk in all of them on vacation without pain? No.  & ...

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 9/1/2010

If you are new to an orthotic lab, or new in practice and prescribing othotics, getting guidance directly from the lab in important. Every orthotic lab has unique prescription forms, production processes and materials. In order to improve your orthotic fabrication success, it would be helpful to dedicate some extra time to your first few prescriptions.

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