Ready Made Foot Orthotics – making them work!!
Itamar Rosenbaum, C.Ped., BOCPD, CFo, AAPWCA Board Certified Pedorthist… Rosenbaum’s Foot Health & Comfort Center 2102 63rd Street Entrance is on 21st Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11204
Tel. 718-236-7700 Fax. 718-234-3380
A board certified pedorthist by both the American Board for Certification in Orthotics Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) and the Board of Certification International (BOC), is an associate member of the American Professional wound care association
APWCA), Received training at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) and headed the Gait Analysis Lab At the Foot Clinics of New York (FCNY) which is located at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, for 2 years. Is a continuing education provider and has been featured in national and international publications as an expert panelist.
What is an over the counter foot orthotic or readymade foot orthotic?
- How many different types are there?
- What types of footwear can they be worn in?
- How do we decide which one to choose?
- Can they be modified to accommodate issues?
- What are some common foot problems that they can be used for?
- When are they not appropriate?
- What materials are they made from?
- Do they sweat?
- From what age can they be used and until what age can they safely be used?
The simple answers to the questions are.
- It is a prefabricated insole that gets placed in the shoe to create a more comfortable environment for the foot.
- The are many different types, but the 3 primary types are divided by the length of the device and would be either finishing behind the met heads, finishing at the sulcus or all the way to the end of the toes (and I will explain these three lengths in laymen terms)
- The can fit into most types of footwear with the exception of shoes that are very skimpy or shallow.
- We choose what to use based on activity, shoe type, weight, any issues that are discussed and the types of modifications that need to be done.
- Yes they can in most cases but again that would depend on where the modification needs to be done, front of foot, arch area, or heel area.
- Heel spurs, corns, calluses, painful balls of feet, hammertoes, flat feet, high arched feet, tired or achy feet, sports activities, following surgery,….
- They are not appropriate, when a more specialized approach needs to be placed, or when they will not have the strength needed to do their job, or when several different materials need to be used, or when we need to use super slim materials to fit into a shoe.
- The can be made from many materials such as cork, rubber, EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate), subortholene, foam, leather…
- That depends on 3 things, the foot and the age of the individual, the materials used- synthetic versus leather, and the footwear type that they will be used in.
- They can be used from as early as the child starts walking and can be used on all age groups including the elderly, but of course using different material to accommodate each foot type.
Itamar Rosenbaum, C.Ped., BOCPD, CFo, AAPWCA Board Certified Pedorthist...