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Are pre-fab orthotics justified for RA related pain relief?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Inquisitive Student, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. Inquisitive Student

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    After reading the relevant literature, and related discussions, i am wondering if the use of prefab orthotics are justified in the treatment of pain in people with RA?

    A patient, with fat pad atrophy and gross deformity, responded to the issuing of prefabs but in trying to justify their use i feel little evidence is available to support this.

    One option could be to explain the pain as occuring due to the increased pressure on the met heads as a result of the fat pad atrophy and deformity.

    Consequently the pain relief occured not due to any changes associated with the RA, but due to the general shock absorbing capabilities of soft insoles. Would this suffice?

    Any assistance/guidance will be appreciated.
     
  2. Craig Payne

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    Hi Mark ... Think about it intuitively ...

    Orthotic prescribing is nothing more than matching the requirments needed by the foot to design variables/parameters in an orthotic, which then has to be compromised by environmental factors .... does it really matter if those design variables (and the compromise) are available in a prefab design? Sometimes prefabs have the design parameters needed; sometimes the design parameters can only be achieved in a custom made .... it does not matter if its rheumatoid arthritis or a functional problem.

    I am so over the custom made/prefab debate ---- we should be focusing on what are the design parameters needed to achieve the desired outcome.

    In your rheumatoid arthritis case, it may have just been about cushioning or off loading or a change in function or spurious (due to the cyclical nature of RA)

    PS ... don't forget I am marking the assignment, so I know where you got the info from :rolleyes:
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2006
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