Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to my first visit?
Please bring all documentation regarding patient intake forms which can be downloaded here. Make sure you are at least 15 minutes early for your appointment. If you cannot arrive at your scheduled time, please notify us immediately. Patients arriving late may be rescheduled for another time at the staff’s discretion. We value our patient’s time and therefore arriving late can result in a rescheduled appointment to accommodate those who have arrived on time.
How Should I prepare for my first visit?
- Access forms here and fill out beforehand. This is will save time.
- Arrive 15 minutes early.
- If you or the patient in your care has special needs please bring whatever you might need: food, beverages, diapers, etc.
- If the patient has or has had previous bracing or a device, please bring them. This will assist the practitioner in determining what might be improved.
What happens on the first visit?
The initial evaluation will include an assessment by a certified orthotist/prosthetist followed by an explanation of what to expect. Then a casting impression is taken and then removed and used to make the custom brace or prosthesis. In some cases, only measurements are needed.
How long does a visit take?
This varies upon the type of visit (evaluation or fitting) and the number of devices needed. We recommend that you plan to be in office between 30-90 minutes.
What happens on the second visit?
The fitting appointment is when your custom made orthotics are fitted to the patient. The orthotist may make adjustments to the brace and then explain the wearing schedule.
How long does it take to make an orthotic?
This depends on the type of bracing needed. Custom orthotics made in our facility usually take 2 to 3 weeks. But each case is different and can be better answered in conversation with our staff.
How often will my child need new orthotics?
This depends on growth of the child. If their toes have grown past the edge of the brace or if their skin has red marks that last longer than 20 minutes after removing the brace, it is time to make an appointment to be evaluated for new orthotics.
Do I need a prescription for orthotics?
Yes. Your physician must write a prescription for the type of orthotics needed. The physician will determine the type of brace or orthotic best suited for your diagnosis. The prescription must be received by the date of your evaluation for us to initiate services.
What happens on the first visit when I need a prosthesis?
The practitioner will meet with you and discuss your goals and needs related to using a prosthesis. An evaluation of your limb consists of measurements and casting your limb so that a mold can be made.
How many visits will I need until I get my prosthesis?
Usually there is an evaluation appointment, a check socket appointment, a diagnostic alignment appointment and a final fit appointment. Depending on your limb needs, there can be other appointments such as additional check sockets or additional alignments appointments.
What is a check socket?
A socket is the first fitting where the part that is fitted on your residual limb is first “checked” to see how well it fits.
Are there resources for amputees?
Yes, you can see many resources regarding amputee support on this link: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/prosthetic-faqs-for-the-new-amputee/
You can see other links on our resources page.
How will I learn to use my prosthesis?
You should have appointments with a Physical Therapy so that you can be trained to use a prosthesis and educated on how to check your skin, etc.
Can I see you before a doctor?
Yes, feel free to contact us for a consultation for a recommendation as to the type of brace needed. We will evaluate you and facilitate the steps necessary to get you the proper care.
To what type of doctor should I go?
You may see your pediatrician but some insurances require that you see a specialist. Either a pediatric physiatrist or a pediatric orthopedic can specify the type of brace your child needs. If you have any questions, please contact us.