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Old 03-09-2011, 11:23 PM   #1
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Custom Orthotics

Looking to get a new pair of orthotics made and was wondering where else to go besides Paris? Went to them in the past and didn't like the results.

Has anyone tried orthotics that were made using the Footmaxx system? how did you like it? or is the casting method still better?
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why do you need an orthotic? who has recommended them?
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why do you need an orthotic? who has recommended them?
I've been meaning to get a pair for myself as well, as there are health benefits from it.

I haven't seen a specialist, but due to the sports that I play, and my alignment from my ankles to my back having something with the right positioning and alignment will benefit and allow me to use the muscles properly.

Seeing that my knees have been abused for over 15 years it's kind of important that I keep my body as pristine as possible for as long as possible.

They also assist in proper blood flow. Cold feet NO MORE HAH
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why do you need an orthotic? who has recommended them?
need to replace my current pair of orthotics that I have owned for 2.5 years. need arch support due to flat feet.

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I just looked up a podiatrist online and got one off dr. Matthews in new west. They are so worth the couple hundred dollars invested.
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why did you not like your paris orthotics?

I have two pairs from paris for the sole purpose of milking my extended benefits. I don't have another brand for comparison sake but paris was highly recommended by the family doctor.
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Different companies and podiatrists will have different doctors who like to refer to them. Companies work very hard to establish a good referal relationship with doctors, physios, and other referring professionals.

Paris Orthotics have pedorthists who specialize only in the mechanics and alignment of the foot and lower body. I work for a competing company and happy to answer any questions you may have regarding custom or over-the-counter orthotics. As I do not want to solicit on the forum, feel free to PM me if you actually need more personalized info.

With regards to Footmaxx, the theory behind it is not fundamentally sound. Footmaxx is a pressure mapping system (similar to the Dr. Scholl's you see on TV ads) which provides info on abnormal areas of pressure. But it doesn't know how the foot overpronates, what the foot structure is like when in the 'ideal' subtalar neutral position, amongst other flaws. You are basically trying to build a 3 dimensional device with a 2 dimensional blueprint. Not saying that it doesn't work, because I have had patients who have had success, but you would not be giving yourself the best chance of success IMO using a Footmaxx system. Practioners use Footmaxx because it is easy, simple, and convenient as no casting needs to be done, no shipping of casts are required, and orders are easily placed digitally.

Most podiatrists (foot doctors) are able to provide orthotics also, but the majority will only cast and design and not produce them in-house. Their scope of practice is also much wider above and beyond mechanics and alignment, so many podiatrists IMO are not as specialized as pedorthists when it comes to orthotic design. The downside with podiatrists is they usually charge per appointment, so a separate fee for assessing, casting, fitting, and the actual orthotic itself. It is not unusual for 1 pair of orthotics to cost upwards of $600-700 by the time all is said and done.
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Different companies and podiatrists will have different doctors who like to refer to them. Companies work very hard to establish a good referal relationship with doctors, physios, and other referring professionals.

Paris Orthotics have pedorthists who specialize only in the mechanics and alignment of the foot and lower body. I work for a competing company and happy to answer any questions you may have regarding custom or over-the-counter orthotics. As I do not want to solicit on the forum, feel free to PM me if you actually need more personalized info.

With regards to Footmaxx, the theory behind it is not fundamentally sound. Footmaxx is a pressure mapping system (similar to the Dr. Scholl's you see on TV ads) which provides info on abnormal areas of pressure. But it doesn't know how the foot overpronates, what the foot structure is like when in the 'ideal' subtalar neutral position, amongst other flaws. You are basically trying to build a 3 dimensional device with a 2 dimensional blueprint. Not saying that it doesn't work, because I have had patients who have had success, but you would not be giving yourself the best chance of success IMO using a Footmaxx system. Practioners use Footmaxx because it is easy, simple, and convenient as no casting needs to be done, no shipping of casts are required, and orders are easily placed digitally.

Most podiatrists (foot doctors) are able to provide orthotics also, but the majority will only cast and design and not produce them in-house. Their scope of practice is also much wider above and beyond mechanics and alignment, so many podiatrists IMO are not as specialized as pedorthists when it comes to orthotic design. The downside with podiatrists is they usually charge per appointment, so a separate fee for assessing, casting, fitting, and the actual orthotic itself. It is not unusual for 1 pair of orthotics to cost upwards of $600-700 by the time all is said and done.
Thanks for the info UFO. Will be in contact via PM
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