Why You are Being Scammed into Buying These Useless Pieces of Plastic
Custom orthotics are very cheap and easy to make. Physical therapists, chiropractors, and podiatrists are trained in how to make them; however, most are not competent about best practices for prescribing them.
Typically, a clinic owner will instruct employees to recommend custom foot orthotics for as many patients as possible. Because, as the saying goes, it’s money in the bank. Clinics can charge as much as $200 to $800 per pair of custom orthotics which seems ridiculous. They take only about 20 minutes to evaluate for and cast. Do the simple math. Labor for 20 minutes of work = $7.20 + materials (plaster, plastic, shipping materials & costs) = $20 + labor for fabrication = $15. Total Costs to business owner = $42.2 – $50. This makes between $150 – $650 profit.
$$Dollar Dollar Bills$$
Dr. William O. Roberts, a sports medicine physician in St. Paul, Minnesota notes that “If your main business is feet, and part of your income is prescribing orthotics, than you might prescribe them 90, 100 percent of the time. It’s a financial issue, and I don’t think there’s a huge need for custom orthotics.”
The sports medicine experts at PhysioFit Rx Physical Therapy agree that there is an infinitesimally small need for custom orthotics or any shoe insert orthotics. Dr. Mike Caisse, PT, DPT, CSCS agrees that shoe orthotics should not be a common part of physical therapy or sports medicine practice. Dr. Caisse states, “If I’ve performed extensive manual therapy and strength and conditioning with a patient for 6-8 weeks and they still have unrelenting foot pain, then I might consider shoe orthotics. Although, I’ve been practicing physical therapy for almost ten years having seen around 25,000 patient visits and I’ve only recommended foot orthotics once.”
If you have foot pain or have questions about any type of ache, pain or movement problem, contact PhysioFit Rx Physical Therapy- they really are the experts in physical therapy, sports medicine, performance, and recovery.
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