What to Expect During Your First Visit to the Orthotics Practitioner
Although each orthotics practitioner’s process will vary, there are a number of things you can expect at your first appointment.
Before your appointment
Before your first appointment with an orthotics practitioner, you will need to complete a full medical history questionnaire. Topics on the form may include:
- Personal and family medical history
- Major illnesses you have experienced
- Surgeries or operations you have had
- Medications you are taking
- A description of your present condition
- The steps you have taken to manage your condition
- Your diet and exercise
- Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life
During your appointment
During your initial consultation, your orthotics practitioner will review the information on your questionnaire and conduct a full a bio-mechanical exam and gait analysis. If you require custom orthotics, your practitioner will create a custom template. To do this, he or she will either create a 3-D cast of your foot or ask you to walk over a force plate that will measure and digitize your foot mechanics.
After your appointment
It usually takes seven to ten days for the orthotics manufacturing process. Once they are ready, your practitioner will invite you back to his or her office to ensure that the device fits properly and provide information on the proper care for your device.