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How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Posted by Claudia J on 10/11/01 at 17:13 (062780)

The big question is does life go back to normal ever with the use of orthodotics? What is the full recovery rate? I don't want surgery!

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Sandy H. on 10/12/01 at 10:22 (062830)

My personal experience is be very careful with them and just hope you've been prescribed them because you need them. I had an experience of totally recovering from a symptom with them, went running a few times and got ankle and a whole set of other problems. I have no expertise in this matter but it seems to me if you don't give your arch some room to collapse the whole shock absorbancy of your foot is lost and your joints take a pounding...dunno what doctors think of that. I also had a GP tell me that your foot is very delicately balanced in about 6 or more areas and if you throw it off it can be very dangerous. He was just a GP but I don't wear orthotics any more, just anti-pronation running shoes and I think it helps.

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Julie on 10/12/01 at 20:34 (062893)

I have orthotics and they definitely help. My feet feel much better when I wear them. However, I do not run. They did not cure my p.f. however. I chose to have surgery on my left foot, which I am still recovering from. I would definitely avoid surgery if you can. I am learning that the key to successfully treating p.f. is not just one thing, but a combination of things, consistently used over time. That is what I am doing with my right foot (I have p.f. in both). I spent years looking for a quick fix or a simple solution. If there is one thing I learned from this web site and my other research is that there is no one quick fix. Find a combination of things that work for you. For me, what works best is wearing orthotics, stretching every day, taking Vioxx, ice when it gets bad, night splint, and massage when it gets bad. Also, I know how much I can do and how far I can walk but I often push it too far because I like to be active and go out and do stuff, but need to just rest when I get to a certain point and not be stubborn.

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/12/01 at 21:26 (062896)

Orthosis can help with plantar fasciitis. If the problem is due to excessive pronation. This is where the foot rolls inward and your full body weight is placed on the area where the plantar fascia inserts into the
bottom of the heel bone.

Now lets say that your pain is relieved with the orthosis the worst thing you can do is stop wearing them. Glasses correct your eyesight and so can
orthosis , but would you stop wearing your glasses.

It is very important that you don't just get orthosis because you have plantar fasciitis. The biomechanical cause must be determined so that the need can be determined.

Orthosis have been reported on this board to cause damage to your foot and other parts of the lower extremity. They are presciption devices which needed to fitted, and evaluated by a professional and not your family doctor.

Richard Graham, our board certified orthotic specialist can answer any and all questions that you have about any specific type of orthosis
design . I hope that this answers your questions, and points you in the right direction . Now last piece of advice an orthosis is only as good as the shoe that it goes into.

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Sandy H. on 10/12/01 at 10:22 (062830)

My personal experience is be very careful with them and just hope you've been prescribed them because you need them. I had an experience of totally recovering from a symptom with them, went running a few times and got ankle and a whole set of other problems. I have no expertise in this matter but it seems to me if you don't give your arch some room to collapse the whole shock absorbancy of your foot is lost and your joints take a pounding...dunno what doctors think of that. I also had a GP tell me that your foot is very delicately balanced in about 6 or more areas and if you throw it off it can be very dangerous. He was just a GP but I don't wear orthotics any more, just anti-pronation running shoes and I think it helps.

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Julie on 10/12/01 at 20:34 (062893)

I have orthotics and they definitely help. My feet feel much better when I wear them. However, I do not run. They did not cure my p.f. however. I chose to have surgery on my left foot, which I am still recovering from. I would definitely avoid surgery if you can. I am learning that the key to successfully treating p.f. is not just one thing, but a combination of things, consistently used over time. That is what I am doing with my right foot (I have p.f. in both). I spent years looking for a quick fix or a simple solution. If there is one thing I learned from this web site and my other research is that there is no one quick fix. Find a combination of things that work for you. For me, what works best is wearing orthotics, stretching every day, taking Vioxx, ice when it gets bad, night splint, and massage when it gets bad. Also, I know how much I can do and how far I can walk but I often push it too far because I like to be active and go out and do stuff, but need to just rest when I get to a certain point and not be stubborn.

Re: How Sucessful are Orthodotic's?

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/12/01 at 21:26 (062896)

Orthosis can help with plantar fasciitis. If the problem is due to excessive pronation. This is where the foot rolls inward and your full body weight is placed on the area where the plantar fascia inserts into the
bottom of the heel bone.

Now lets say that your pain is relieved with the orthosis the worst thing you can do is stop wearing them. Glasses correct your eyesight and so can
orthosis , but would you stop wearing your glasses.

It is very important that you don't just get orthosis because you have plantar fasciitis. The biomechanical cause must be determined so that the need can be determined.

Orthosis have been reported on this board to cause damage to your foot and other parts of the lower extremity. They are presciption devices which needed to fitted, and evaluated by a professional and not your family doctor.

Richard Graham, our board certified orthotic specialist can answer any and all questions that you have about any specific type of orthosis
design . I hope that this answers your questions, and points you in the right direction . Now last piece of advice an orthosis is only as good as the shoe that it goes into.