The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Dust on August 11, 2003, 01:48:38 PM

Title: Orthotics anyone?
Post by: Dust on August 11, 2003, 01:48:38 PM
I recently saw a chiroprator who sells orthotic inserts for shoes. After a computer analysis of my step, he believes that my future knee problems (I've had lft and rt medial meniscule tears) could be reduced, because I rise and twist slightly on my big toe during walking which he says cause a slight rotation movement in the knee joint which will wear down the menisci. These inserts cost a bit and he was just a bit too quick to sell me them ;). Anyone had or heard of success with these ???
Title: Re: Orthotics anyone?
Post by: enuff81020 on August 11, 2003, 04:02:00 PM

I have OA in my feet as well as my knees and a variety of other places.  After I broke my foot, one of the things my os did was to send me to be fitted for an orthotic for my foot.  It did help me a bit, but not enough to get me out of the surgery I ended up needing to have my foot heal.

They can be helpful and are not hocus pocus--but they are indeed expensive.  Since mine was prescribed by my physician, my insurance paid for all but the co-pay.

Title: Re: Orthotics anyone?
Post by: SL99 on August 11, 2003, 08:18:24 PM

I can't say for definate whether these particular orthotics would be of help for you I'm afraid. I have had Orthotic inserts for a number of years for a different problem and have found them resonably helpful though.

One thing I would say is that if you are going to consider the orthotics, try going through your Ortho specialist to an appliance specialist at the hospital - they will assess your problems fully and take into account your notes to make orthotics for you. Plus it's available on he NHS so you could try them without hvaing to pay a lot of money to find out if they work or not. Hope this helps.

Take care and good luck.

Title: Re: Orthotics anyone?
Post by: enuff81020 on August 11, 2003, 11:05:48 PM

That was a good point from Jo--My physical therapy group has certified orthotic specialists as well and they are trained to meet individual needs.

I think that orthotics do have an important role for many of us--I hope that they can be an answer for you as ell.  Sylvia
Title: Re: Orthotics anyone?
Post by: dj2 on August 12, 2003, 06:54:23 AM

I'm not sure about the orthodics you are talking about but,  one of the first things the PT and doc at the pain clinic did was have me fitted for orthodics.  I've had two surgeries since then so they didn't prevent surgery for me, but then nothing  could have.  They have however made some of the pain of walking a bit better.  My injury was work comp, so I don't pay for anything except travel and lodging when I see my OS.
I would however be willing to pay for mine if I had to,  I think they have made a difference.