Posted: May 22, 2013 in Foot orthotic, Footwear, Orthotic
Tags: athletic orthotic, cleat insert, cleat orthotic, cleat sport orthotic insert, custom orthotic, customizable orthoitic, customized orthotic, foot orthotic, foot pain, low profile orthotic, orthosis, orthotic, OrthoticMe, plantar fasciitis, sport inlay, sport orthotic, sport shoe inlay
OrthoticMe is designed to work with both the foot and the shoe. All shoes are different and all feet are different, so you not only need a custom solution for the foot, you need a custom solution for the foot and the shoe! OrthoticMe can be customized for any type of shoe, to work with any foot. The foot orthotic is the first modular orthotic that gives the patient full control of the solution to his or her foot pain.
The traditional cleat is horrible for foot health because it has no support. A custom made orthotic wont fit in the cleat and off the shelf solutions do nothing. OrthoticMe takes up very little room in the shoe while still providing the support the foot needs (or at least the most support possible with a small cleat). OrthoticMe is also very light weight. Performance in athletics is improved just as a skiier tunes his skiis. Pressure points in the right areas of the foot can give the athlete an advantage in speed and quickness as well as reduce pain and increase overall foot health. OrthoticMe works great at reducing plantar fasciitis before it occurs in athletes.
Posted: May 6, 2013 in Custom Ankle Braces
This video demonstrates how the I Strap for the Step-Smart Brace for Drop Foot is replaced.
1. Using scissors, cut off end of strap
2. Pull out old strap
3. Insert new strap with pad facing downward
4. Pull though with pliers
5. Burn edge with lighter until it beads up
6. Flatten bead and let harden (takes about 1 minute)
These straps can be purchased online at:
Posted: February 7, 2013 in AFO, ankle brace, Custom Ankle Braces
Tags: AFO, AFO height, ankle brace, Brace, casting for custom AFO, casting for custom ankle brace, custom AFO, Custom ankle brace, Custom ankle braces, custom brace, medicare, PDAC
As expected, the height requirement for an AFO is being removed by medicare.
Let’s get on with helping people walk!
Below is the text from the Medicare website:
February 6, 2013
Ankle-Foot Orthoses/Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthoses LCD related Policy Article – Revised
The related Policy Article for the Ankle-Foot Orthosis/Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis is being revised. The Policy Article with an effective date of January 1, 2013 included Coding Guidelines for AFOs that included a height requirement. The height requirement is being removed. The effective date for the revised Policy Article is for dates of service on or after January 1, 2013.
See for yourself here:
Again, the only type of AFO that requires a PDAC Coding verification letter is the L1906. Insightful does not use that code for any of its current bracing. To verify this for yourself, please see the PDAC website listing those that are required. The link to this page is below.
Finally, keep in mind that the pretibial shell that has been offered by our competitors is essentially a custom shin guard, the argument that this provides axially unloading as medical justification is risky in our opinion.
Posted: February 6, 2013 in AFO, ankle brace, Custom Ankle Braces, gauntlet, Lateral Instability, Medial Instability, PTTD Ankle Braces
Tags: AFO, ankle brace, custom AFO, Custom ankle brace, Custom ankle braces, custom brace
Insightful Products offers a full array of AFO solutions. Each of our custom AFO ankle braces is designed for a specific biomechanical problem. We have the most advanced and newest designs on the market. Our new AFO ‘s or new ankle brace solutions are the most innovative AFO ‘s in the industry.
Posted: January 23, 2013 in AFO, Custom Ankle Braces
As a follow up to our response to Medicare’s new height requirement for AFO’s, we want to remind our customers that first, our new adjustable medial upright extension does allow the practitioner to adjust the height of our AFO’s to a specific height requirement as previously posted, second, if needed, please be sure to request the new upright for your medicare patients, and lastly, the only type of AFO that requires a PDAC Coding verification letter is the L1906. Insightful does not use that code for any of its current bracing. To verify this for yourself, please see the PDAC website listing those that are required. The link to this page is below.
Insightful Products responds to the new 2013 Medicare Height requirement with an adjustable medial extension that allows the practitioner the ability to remove and relocate the extension to the preferred height.
Some of our competitors have suggested additional brace add-ons that also provide additional Lcodes to solve this new height requirement. These additional Lcodes must still meet the threshold of “Medical Necessity”. For instance, a pre-tibial shell is medically needed for distribution of pressure from a floor reaction, anterior stop or solid ankle design. Free motion articulated designs, by definition, do not necessitate a pre-tibial shell. Our add-on solution does not change the well established LCode descriptors and provides some additional medial/lateral stability.
PDAC letters obtained before the rule change do not necessarily make AFOs comply with the current height requirements.
Posted: January 4, 2013 in Custom Ankle Braces
Tags: AFO, AFO height, AFO height requirement, custom AFO height requirment, distal to the APex of the fibula head, Medicare AFO definition, tibia