You need to be wary of a one-orthotic-fits-all  approach.  What does this mean? It means that in many cases patients simply get a cast made and no exam, pictures or video gait analysis is performed or passed on to the lab. From simply a cast/mold of your foot, many foot types can be mistaken by the lab. Remember the only way for the people at the lab to see your feet is for your doctor to properly communicate with them.  

 

At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle clinic, we send lots...read that as way too much... Information to our lab. Our pedorthtist and doctors often talk to the lab about more difficult cases to ensure you get the best product. 

 

It also means that many patients grab whatever over the counter insert they can find at Walmart or Osco.  These inserts only offer additional arch support, which can be helpful in some cases but isn't for everyone. 

 

At PPFAC, we offer several different options for our patients. To include quality over the counter arch supports, semi custom inserts and custom orthotics.  And NO we don't suggest custom orthotics for everyone. We look for the best treatment for your foot type and condition as well as the most cost effective solution for our patients.  

 

If you have a question about orthotics, don't like your orthotics or simply don't know which is right for you, call our office today and make and appointment with any of our doctors. With so many choices we understand it is confusing and we are here to help. 

Dr. Misty McNeill
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D.P.M. - Founder of Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic
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