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Nov 14

Written by: Larry Huppin, DPM
11/14/2011 2:00 PM

As we come into our winter sport season, we are seeing more requests for orthotics for ski boots, snowboard boots and ice skates

These are all very tight fitting boots. This tight fit makes fitting an orthosis much more difficult. ProLab has established some requirements for production of these specialty orthoses.

Ice Skates
We cannot make orthoses for skates unless we have the skates. No exceptions. Note that this will increase both your outbound and inbound shipping costs. We recommend that this cost be passed on to the patient. In my office we charge an extra $25 for shipping of the skates, payable at the time of casting.

Occasionally, we will make a pair of orthoses, only later to find that they were intended for ice skates. We usually find this out when they are sent back for adjustment. In this situation, we will likely have to make completely new orthoses and there will be a full charge for these orthoses. So please, make sure you tell us if orthoses are meant to go into ice skates.

Ski Boots/Snowboarding Boots
In the case of ski boots or snowboarding boots we will not require the actual boots, but AT A MINIMUM the liner (bladder) will be required. Again, we recommend that you pass on additional shipping charges to the patient.

If an order is made and later we find that it was intended for a boot (when it is sent back for an adjustment), we may be able to adjust them for fit, but we will require the liner or boot for comparison and fitting.

You can read more about orthotics for ski boots here.

ProLab takes a scientific approach with our orthoses by integrating evidence-based medicine into orthotic therapy. Our team of Medical Consultants regularly evaluates the medical literature pertaining to orthotic therapy and biomechanics. ProLab clients are encouraged to contact a medical consultant whenever they have questions about an orthotic prescription.

For an easy way to stay up-to-date on evidence-based orthotic therapy, subscribe to our free E-Journal. Your will receive a monthly email synopsis of the research that impacts your practice.



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