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    Old 05-23-2008, 01:24 AM   #1
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    Question Orthotics after surgery

    Hi Everyone,
    It's been about a year since my Bunion and Mortons Neuroma was removed. I was suppose to get Orthotics from my foot Dr., but he charges $400. My Insurance doesn't cover it, and I was wanting to know, are there other places I could get the Orthotics from, such as "Ideal Feet" or "Just For Feet"
    My Dr. seems to think if I go any where but him I won't get good Orthotics. Any ideas?

     
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    Old 05-23-2008, 04:59 AM   #2
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    I too haven't bought the orthotics. I want my foot to finally finish with healing first, AND, I just can't afford the cost. I went to my pedorthist (shoe specialist) and got temporary inserts. They were $35. Granted they probably aren't ideal, and they are only temporary, but I just can't afford the $400. I also am finding that the inserts are causing a problem with my lower back....so, again, another reason to not invest in expensive inserts until I get things sorted out.

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 06:00 AM   #3
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    $400 is about what custom-made orthotics cost, that's the fact.

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    If you have a physical therapist that specializes in feet they can order you "semi-custom" orthotics. That is what I did. They come in a stock form then the therapist heats them and adjusts them for your particular problem. It worked well for me and they can make adjustments easily if necessary. The arch was too high on one of mine and she adjusted it lower. It's a good "in between" custom and OTC supports. They cost about $50.

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 08:03 AM   #5
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Try finding a Walking Co. near you. They have orthotics that run from $30-60. They're not custom fit but I bought a few pairs and brought one of them to my Podiatrist and he said they were very good quality for not being custom fit. They have a few different kinds depending on the support you're looking for. I use them in my gym sneakers and all other shoes I can fit them into and they've been great. They've helped with my lower back pain. I wish I could remember the name of the brand, sorry!

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 10:07 AM   #6
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    I agree; there are advantages to getting the $400 orthotics. I am not sure if I'd get them from my surgeon, however, because he doesn't have the time to perfect them. I too do not have orthotics covered and paid the $400 to get them. Right now, as I sit in a cast, I will need to pay the $400 again, as I have a "new foot"--but my ortho surgeon is very practical; he believe that swelling won't fully be gone for 9-12 months post-op, so I won't get a script for new orthotics till then. Here are my suggestions for you.

    1. If you decide to spend the $400, get a script from your surgeon and go to a health supply store with an orthotist. You may be able to get orthotics that last years as they are made out of hard plastic. (I have nerve damage near my arch, so my surgeon writes for a softer foam that doesn't aggravate the nerve, but they don't last forever either.) The orthotist should be willing to work with you multiple times to get the orthotics correct and feeling good--that is where you pay--for their service and time. You should not need to pay for "adjustment" visits if you are forking over $400.

    2. Do you have a good relationship with a surgeon, physicial therapist, podiatrist that would be willing to help adjust your orthotics? There are lots of modifications that can be made, and, like a previous poster, my PT used to make orthotics. While I was waiting for my surgery, she was more than willing to make adjustments (such as adding foam pieces, small lifts, etc) for me. You could buy the $75 pair and have these modifications made.

    3. Be completely frank with your doc. Yes, I do understand that he may still push his orthotics, but a good doc will tell you what he would recommend you do with your budget.

    Hope this helps!
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    Old 05-23-2008, 02:44 PM   #7
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    i did spend the $400, but insurance covered most if i remember correctly. my dr does the orthodics and i would trust him.

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 05:41 PM   #8
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Precious 55

    How are you after your neuroma surgery? Did you have it removed? I am going to have both mortons neuroma surgery (they are removing the neuroma and going in from the top of my foot) and also hammertoe surgery. Both are on opposite feet. How does your foot feel after the neuroma surgery. Do you have numbess in your toes?

    Sharon

     
    Old 05-23-2008, 09:09 PM   #9
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    I am having Orthopedic shoes made. My insurance will not pay anything towards the fivehundred dollar price tag but I can't walk in regular shoes since my ankle fusion.

    Sincerely Nadine

     
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Anyone's feet hurt when they used orthotic inserts?? I've done exactly everything I'm supposed to with the inserts....use them gradually, etc.,....but my feet hurt all day from the minute I get up now..the entire foot and both feet ever since I had the inserts. I thought they were supposed to help? Seems I get one area padded by the pedorthist, and then all of a sudden a new pressure point crops up. Then I get it readjusted and repadded and then a new pressure point crops up. Thank goodness I haven't spent the $400 for a "real" pair. I just can't seem to get these things sorted out.

    Could it be they are too HARD or INFLEXIBLE for my feet? That my feet are just too sensitive?? What do diabetics do? Maybe that's what I need to do, even though I'm not diabetic just highly sensitive.

     
    Old 05-28-2008, 05:09 AM   #11
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

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    Anyone's feet hurt when they used orthotic inserts?? I've done exactly everything I'm supposed to with the inserts....use them gradually, etc.,....but my feet hurt all day from the minute I get up now..the entire foot and both feet ever since I had the inserts. I thought they were supposed to help? Seems I get one area padded by the pedorthist, and then all of a sudden a new pressure point crops up. Then I get it readjusted and repadded and then a new pressure point crops up. Thank goodness I haven't spent the $400 for a "real" pair. I just can't seem to get these things sorted out.

    Could it be they are too HARD or INFLEXIBLE for my feet? That my feet are just too sensitive?? What do diabetics do? Maybe that's what I need to do, even though I'm not diabetic just highly sensitive.
    I think that sounds absolutely like it could be the issue. I think when I bought the $100 pair, they were pretty much preformed and hard plastic. What does your pedorthotist say? If you spend the $400, you should be getting the correct material that your foot needs.

     
    Old 05-28-2008, 11:05 AM   #12
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    I'm going to ask my doc when I see her Monday. You know, prior to the surgery the only pain I had was in the buinon joint itself and near the sesamoid area. Not anything in the rest of the foot. Now, after the surgery, I have pain everywhere except the bunion. I've never ever had full bottom of the feet pain, even before the surgery. So, I'm not sure why this is happening. My feet just absolutely hurt on the bottoms when I first get up and then throughout the day. It just seems really odd.

    *** I haven't bought the $400 ones yet...didn't want to until I knew all was well and it was worthwhile to purchase them. My insurance doesn't cover them, so it is a HUGE cost to me.***

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    Old 05-28-2008, 03:25 PM   #13
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Surgery does weird stuff. I had surgery on my ankle, and, weeks after I was otherwise mostly recovered and all swelling around the ankle was gone, I was still dealing with some swelling in the sole, forefoot, and toes.

     
    Old 06-09-2008, 03:28 PM   #14
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Before I had surgery, when I was still trying the conservative treatment route, I had some $250 custom orthotics made. The guy I go to specializes in "orthotics in an hour." I LOVE THEM!! I had a fractured medial sesamoid in my left foot so he put some soft padding in that spot. The rest of the orthotic is made of some kind of hard rubber with a thin soft fabric on the top. My insurance covered the cost, but I loved them so much that I had a second pair made at my own cost!

    Now I am 5 weeks postop and have not even tried walking, but plan to use the orthotics if I can. If I need new ones made, I would definitely spend another $250 to get custom orthotics. They are well worth it in my opinion. My pedorthist made adjustment after adjustment (at NO COST) until I was satisfied. If anyone is looking for orthotics in the metro detroit area, I know a great guy!!

     
    Old 06-30-2008, 06:17 AM   #15
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    Re: Orthotics after surgery

    Ocean 1183,

    How are you getting around since your surgery? I had the medial sesamoid removed from my left foot on June 20th and go in today on the 30th to have the stiches removed. I also went through a lot of the conservative treatments which included the custom orthotics, which I will contiune to use post op. Has your Dr. said anything about limiting activities after removal? My foot feels great now but I know it will be at least another week or so before I can put weight on the ball of my foot and slowly get back into the normal swing of things. One other item I tried prior to the surgery and I intend to use from now on are orthodic shoes - the MBT's. They are pricey, around $250 but when I'm doing a lot of walking/or light logging they can't be beat. they have a rocker bottom which keeps the toes from "bending" too much and also great cusioning. I hope to return to them soon.

    thanks,

     
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