Life changes when you become a orthotic user. Your orthosis affects how you work, play and move through each day. There are emotional differences too, changes that you’re aware of but that other people don’t really see. Your self-image may have shifted, and along with it, and you may feel self-conscious. That’s why it’s part of our mission at Hanger Clinic to open new doors for you, to give you all the information you crave, and to remind you that as time passes, your life and your abilities can continue to improve. Daily living, learning and recovering are the paths that lead from where you are to where you want to be.
Taking proper care of your brace or support is essential to your recovery and your success as an orthotic patient. Your orthotic device will have special care instructions and your orthotist can help answer any questions you may have regarding proper maintenance.
In many cases some physical exercise will help your recovery both mentally and physically. Always talk with your physician and orthotist first to see what kind of exercise program would be appropriate for your condition.
The application of the diabetic foot care program is part of an integrated rehabilitation process--and you are the most important team member! The relationship with your orthotist/pedorthist is a lifelong commitment to your health, walking ability, independence and overall quality of life.