Gets To Know You
When choosing your orthotic, your orthotist is crucial in helping you select the best one for your needs. However, they will only be able to do this if they take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, and your goals with the orthotics.
There are many different types of orthoses, there is not one type that works for everyone. The best orthotist will analyze your gait, communicate with your care team, and will take all the information they gain about you to determine the best orthosis to meet your needs. As an added bonus, an orthotist with excellent communication will be able to (and want to) explain why they think this orthotic is the best choice for you so that you can be sure you are making the right choice.
Having questions about the orthotic process is only natural, and you will want an orthotist who can answer any questions you may have. This goes beyond having the capability and knowledge to answer your question, but making the time to ensure you are comfortable.
Too often, patients feel as though they are rushed when meeting with a healthcare professional, which leaves many people feeling as though they did not have the time to properly ask their questions or receive the extent of an answer they need to understand fully.
The best orthotist will take the time to answer all your questions at every appointment. This will help ensure your needs are being met and your orthosis is being adjusted and adapted properly as you progress throughout your rehab process.