Dear Dr Blake: Recently I saw a podiatrist at Kaiser to just learn more about what their podiatry department has to offer. The podiatrist I saw told me that he followed your career and that you are the best orthotics person in the country. We, your other followers, already know that of course! But this is also to say again thank you for your dedication and helpfulness to your patients.
I am trying to work with my flexible hammer toes. Will come in for visit as my old orthotics are getting worn out. Thanks.
Dr Blake's comment:
Foot orthotic devices can be used for many functions. It is the attempt to understand what you are trying to accomplish, and what the limitations are in the devices you prescribe, that experimentation is often needed. Health care providers that prescribe and dispense orthotic devices are trained to know how to work with these inserts. The common checklist that is worked off of in prescribing is:
- Amount of Pronation Control Needed
- Amount of Supination Control Needed
- Amount of Motion Needed
- Amount of Shock Absorption Needed
- Amount of Limb Length Shortness Correction Needed
- Amount of Metatarsal Arch Needed
- Amount of Flexibility/Rigidity Needed
- Amount of Foot vs Leg/Knee Correction Needed