The following discusses problems patients may have with their orthotics and what can be done to address these problems. Usually, one adjustment will take care of any problems the patient may be having. However, there are a few cases when the devices may need more than one adjustment to get them perfect.
There are several things that may cause arch pain, but they can all be adjusted by either lowering or raising the shell in the appropriate area.
- Transition between heel & arch is too abrupt
- Arch contour is too high
- Arch contour is too low
- Shell length is to long
- There is too much varus posting on device
- Pitch of the rearfoot is too great
Medial Ankle / Knee Pain
Usually, a patient will experience medial ankle pain when the devices are still allowing them to pronate. To correct this, increase the varus posting in both the forefoot and the rearfoot
Lateral Ankle / Knee Pain
Usually, a patient will experience lateral ankle or knee pain when the devices are turning the feet too far outward ( supination). To correct this, decrease the varus posting in both the forefoot and rearfoot
As always, our wonderful and skilled client service reps are here to answer your adjustment questions and guide you to the best solution for your patient.
Next week we will cover Metahead pain, Heel pain, and excessive breakage.