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otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 6:17:26 AM   
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We had ran a post about Plantars fascitis a little bit ago. I thought I would include a link that I stumbled across. I did contact the company and they forwarded some samples which seem to be fairly impressive.

Further looking at the parent company (polygel) and they are into a bit of R&D. I did not get a sample of the heat mouldible orthotic which appears to allow some simple customization for your patients.

Anyway give them a look and let us know what you think.

 http://healixcare.com/

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http://www.polygel.com/
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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 2:31:30 PM   
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Thanks Bonez, good link.  On a similar topic, how many of you guys make your own orthotics vs. molding and sending to an outside company?  what orthotic company do people use (and why)?  And what have you found to be the best OTC orthotics?  I like the link above and was also just turned on to http://www.vasylimedical.com/ from a friend that teaches the "when the foot hits the ground course."  Want to try both, thoughts?

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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 4:23:32 PM   
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I use the Vasyli orthotics and have been 10 for 10 with satisfied patients ranging from 12 year olds to 40 year olds.  They allow for a medial forefoot post although their 2 deg and 4 deg look identical to me.  supposedly have  a medial rearfoot post built in and are heat moldable.  We sell them pretty cheap and are a great solution for kids whose feet are still growing. 

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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 4:54:32 PM   
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This should be an interseting thread...thanks Bonez

I use Vasyli's...

Now Tom:

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....and are a great solution for kids whose feet are still growing.



Eyebrows raising.... Why would you want to do that anyway?  

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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 5:46:29 PM   
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In the clinic I worked in prior to my current position we used an orthodic company out of California called Biomechanical.  They were pretty good, but right before I left we were having to double check the posts because they were off by as much as 4 degrees.

As for an OTC, I have used Spenco with great results.  The reason I like them is because you can manufacture your own posts and glue them on.  For Soccer players, since most cleats have no arch support what so ever, Superfeet makes a decent OTC that will fit easily into a soccer cleat and wrestling shoes.

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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 6:49:46 PM   
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Had a podiatrist recommend "Powerstep" (on the web) OTC products. Never tried them, but they are inexpensive, may be a resource to consider.

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RE: otc orthotics - June 3, 2009 7:14:59 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dnorwood.

, Superfeet makes a decent OTC that will fit easily into a soccer cleat and wrestling shoes.


One of the critcisms with "custom" orthotics and for some superfeet is fitting them into many shoes.

The link I provided sent products that are very shoe friendly but I wonder about a really wide foot. They have a heat mouldible unit but I am waiting to see if they have posts or metatarsal attachments like Vasili.

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RE: otc orthotics - June 4, 2009 3:27:00 AM   
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I have had excellent personal experiences with superfeet.  (n=1)
Good results with Spenco as well and they are cheap. (Level of evidence = V)



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RE: otc orthotics - June 4, 2009 7:02:15 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: proud

This should be an interseting thread...thanks Bonez

I use Vasyli's...

Now Tom:

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....and are a great solution for kids whose feet are still growing.



Eyebrows raising.... Why would you want to do that anyway?  


16 year old kid, active, lots of sports, still growing, has chronic patello-femoral syndrome.  flexibility is good, balance is good, feet look like sausages.  choices are: spend $300 on a pair of custom orthotics that they may outgrow in 6 months and have to replace, or buy $50 OTS orthotics that are semi-customizable that can be replaced when the shoe size changes.

Eyebrows lowering, I hope.

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