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

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 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 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 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.

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 8/25/2010
our shoesOptimizing the shoe/orthotic relationship for patient treatment is imperative.  With the growing technological components in the footwear industry, there are options available today that can be very beneficial to patient care.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 8/18/2010
Arch pads are a simple modification that can be useful for certain patients.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 8/11/2010
See full size imageThe use of metatarsal pads on orthotics has been standard practice for many years.  Infact, metatarsal pads are likley used as primary treatment alone, more frequently than they are as modifications to orthotics. In order to improve patient symptoms, there are a few details to consider that may increase success when using metatarsal pads as part of orthotic therapy.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 8/4/2010
When converting a functional orthotic prescription to a dress orthotic prescription a few items should be kept in mind.  This blog will discuss the orthotic variables to consider in this situation to improve fit in dress shoes.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 7/28/2010

Many practitioners develop habits of prescription writing for orthotics.  All of us have favorite, and not-so-favorite, additions to our devices.  As we treat more patients, and write more prescriptions, we tend to develop patterns. Although experience is invaluable, one pitfall that can occur is relying on the familiar.  As the process of orthotic and brace fabrication develops, new technologies, materials and device options will become available.  Compared to when I attended podiatry school, the options on any orthotic prescription form have increased by double.  The medial skive, Blake Inversion, Reverse Morton's Extension and no lateral bevel options are fairly recent additions to most prescription forms.  As the world becomes a smaller place, the options for material choice will only expand.  As more research produces evidence, the orthotic/bracing world will continue to grow and improve.

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