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Legalities of making orthotics

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by wendy123, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. wendy123

    wendy123 Welcome New Poster

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    Hi all
    Wondered if anybody could answer this question.
    Do you need a qualification to make orthotics or can anybody make them?
    Amu currently studying an fhp course that does not include orthotics but when qualified would like to make them to help patients.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Wendy - do you understand HOW they will help your patients?
  3. wendy123

    wendy123 Welcome New Poster

    Yes I am, having worked in a podiatry store for over 2 years. I have actually made them in store but having started the course and seeing the complexity of everything I wondered if it was ethical?
  4. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Do you understand how orthoses exert their mechanical effects?

    Have you grasped a good understanding of the varying and subject specific kinematic and kinetic effects of foot orthoses?

    Are you comfortable with all the available orthoses materials (with their differing elastic moduli) and when prescribing one over the other may be appropriate for a given patient/condition?

    Are you familiar with all of the top cover materials available, and how their differing co-efficient of friction may influence your choice of which one to prescribe for a given patient/condition?

    Do you have knowledge to maximise the chances that the prescription variables you provide for a patient will be of benefit to the target tissue, but at the same time not be detrimental to other anatomical structures?

    If the answer to any of the above is no, then it probably isn't ethical for you to be making or issuing custom made foot orthoses.
  5. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Not that I disagree, but if I were to level the same question at everyone that does prescribe orthotics, I'm not sure they would all be able to answer "yes" to all of the above questions.

    I think you know to whom I refer:rolleyes:
  6. wendy123

    wendy123 Welcome New Poster

    Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.

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