What is a Podiatrist
A podiatrist is a doctor who has received specialized training in podiatric medicine (DPM). Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Podiatrists treat a wide variety of health conditions, including deformity correction, diabetic foot care, and arthritis. In treating patients a podiatrist can also educate them on bone or soft tissue pain, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, corns, bunions, plantar warts, toenail fungus, skin issues of the feet, and orthotic footwear.
Mike Neugebauer, C.Ped (C), discusses how Making Foot Orthotics
Making Foot Orthotics
Well three methods of creating a foot orthotic is we have one method which is a two-dimensional image process that takes the pressure analysis of the bottom of the foot.
The second would be the foam impression technique, which the foot is pressed into a foam box to create that mold of the foot.
Well the gold standard casting technique is with a plaster cast. With the plaster cast we’re able to achieve a three-dimensional image of the foot structure, which allows us to then create a three-dimensional mold of the foot.
When we take the impression of the foot, we can mark bony landmarks and we can position the foot in such a way that it’s in a neutral position, so we can capture that to then provide the cast to produce a quality custom foot orthotic.
If you think you need a custom foot orthotic, you would want to go to your family physician, your physiotherapist or your chiropractor, who can then refer you to a pedorthist.