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Author: Cherri Choate, DPM Created: 6/20/2009
Orthotic therapy blog

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 3/30/2011
Here are some basic tips on sizing the Prolab Kiddythotics:
  
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 3/23/2011

It is common for practitioners to make adjustments to insoles or orthotics.  Once these in-office adjustments are made, the ideal would be to convert these to long term modifications on the orthotics themselves.  Translating what was done, to what the lab needs to do, can be challenging, but here are a few suggestions:
 

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 3/16/2011

Shin splints is a common injury among atheletes.  More recently, the correct term for this condition is "Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome" and new research has shown important connections to training practices and foot pathology.

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 3/9/2011
The role of physical therapy in the management of musculoskeletal issues can not be over stated.  The best long term patient outcomes, independent of area of interest, are the result of team management.  Physical therapists are an vital part of the team.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 3/2/2011

Occasionally, following the dispensing of orthotics, a patient will complain about styloid pain or the feeling that they are "rolling" outward.  In-office modifications for this are quite simple and are likely to relieve the complaints of pain.  Here are a few ideas:

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 2/23/2011

A few years ago, I attended a lecture regarding the interconnections of fascia throughout the entire body.  I remember observing slide after slide of the fascia of the body that seemed to be one large mass that reached from hallux to cranium. 

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 2/16/2011
The patient with the pes cavus feet, usually presents to the office after the 4th decade of life, as their feet and shoe fit become more painful.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 2/9/2011
For a variety of reasons patients will often complain that they feel like they are tilting outward.  Two common reasons for this feeling are limb length discrepency compensation and habitual gait change due to pain/dysfunction.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 2/2/2011
I am unaware of the exact statistic, but in my personal experience I would say that at least 15-20% of patient present to the office for complaints of heel pain.  One component of the treatment plan for these patients is biomechanical control.  Although the biomechanical component is usually addressed, the choice of when and how continues vary considerably.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 1/28/2011
Are there times when patient's feet just don't tolerate the typical orthotic?  I recently evaluated a friend's feet who has not been able to tolerate even well made devices. 
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