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

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/27/2010
Off-loading and cushioning various pathologies on the plantar foot can be challenging. A variety of options exist that may give the practitioner a way to mix and match them to best address the individual patient's needs.
By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/20/2010

The development of hallux abducto valgus and hallux rigidus is significantly dependent on the motion and position of the 1st ray.  The abnormal position of the 1st ray impacts the motion of the 1st MPJ. 

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/13/2010

Are straight last shoes still used for mild soft tissue deformities in children?  Are students taught about them during their educational process?

By Cherri Choate, DPM on 10/6/2010

The incidence of ankle sprains within the general population is alarmingly high.  If you were to  poll a group of people, it is likely that at least 50% have had an ankle sprain sometime during their life.  Even more alarmingly, a larger number have had multiple ankle sprains. For this "recurrent" sprain population, RICE, bracing and orthotics may not be enough.

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.
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