What can happen if an orthotic is recommended and I never get one?

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

At this time, our office continues to be open to new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. We are continuing operation in an effort to keep patients out of the urgent care clinics and hospital emergency departments, which increases the chances of being exposed to the virus. We have x-ray and ultrasound in the office to prevent you from having to go elsewhere.

For those patients who cannot or wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.

People have many reasons why they don't pursue a particular treatment. Sometimes it's financial, sometimes a similar treatment at a previous doctor had failed, other times a friend or family member had a poor result.

A custom orthotic is designed to balance your mechanics and provide efficiency for the foot and ankle. Without an orthotic, the lower extremity remains unstable. If you were treated for an overuse injury, such as heel pain or Achilles tendinitis, you have a much greater chance for the problem to return to where it was prior to treatment. If you have a foot deformity, such as a bunion or hammertoe, it will get progressively worse to the point where surgery is required to remedy it completely.

There is always a short-term fix in medication. Think of an orthotic as a long-term investment to ensure a complete and thorough recovery.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.