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Custom footbeds

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I am flat footed and need to have custom footbeds made to support my arches. I went to one of the ABB certified shops and was fitted for a pair of boots. They also make custom footbeds, but I would not be able to submit these to my insurance since the fitter is not a podiatrist.

I have a podiatrist in town that says he can make something for the ski boot. Although this may be medically correct for my foot is there a difference between something he would make and something you would get from a bootfitter? The benefit of getting it done by the doctor would be full insurance coverage.

Do bootfitters generally integrate the custom footbed with the boot much better than a regular doctor would? I would imagine the doctor will just make something that I drop into the boot.
post #2 of 8
jonb018...

A podiatrist will prescribe/fabricate a custom orthotic that will have more gait oriented aspects then a ski orthotic will. He/she will also not know anything about integrating/adjusting the orthotic into the boot so good luck..... Have a footbed/orthotic molded/installed by a recommended bootfitter. Support your bootfitters, not your insurance company when it comes to this kind of work!
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yea I guess your right. Not that I don't trust the bootfitter, I was just looking to save myself $110. Maybe I can submit the cost under my flexible spending account and use pre-tax dollars...after all they accept receipts for bandaids.

Can you describe in more detail what the differences are in the orthodics prescribed by a doctor for ski boots vs. those molded by a recommended bootfitter? Are the bootfitters geared more towards getting you in a proper ski stance aligment vs. correcting a flat foot?
post #4 of 8
if you find a boot fitter who is a C.Ped then the doctor may be able to prescribe the orthoitc for the C.Ped to dispense this way the insurance company may still cover it and you will get the product made by a boot fitting professional

if the fitter is not medically qualified then their aim is to accomodate your foot in it's best position for skiing as opposed to an orthoitc being designed to correct the function of your foot..... this is a fine line and often times if you have a flexible flat foot then it will be corrected [to some extent] by the use of even a basic supportive footbed

I often think people get a little caught up in the technicallity of doctor prescribed orthotics and forget that something like the superfeet full kork is about the most powerfull insert you can buy without a prescription....that product itself was designed to do 90% of the work of a corrective device for 90% of the people using it


good luck which ever direction you choose to go in..... i should add that a semi rigid device will be so much more comfortable in a ski boot than fully rigid one
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CEM View Post
if you find a boot fitter who is a C.Ped then the doctor may be able to prescribe the orthoitc for the C.Ped to dispense this way the insurance company may still cover it and you will get the product made by a boot fitting professional

if the fitter is not medically qualified then their aim is to accomodate your foot in it's best position for skiing as opposed to an orthoitc being designed to correct the function of your foot..... this is a fine line and often times if you have a flexible flat foot then it will be corrected [to some extent] by the use of even a basic supportive footbed

I often think people get a little caught up in the technicallity of doctor prescribed orthotics and forget that something like the superfeet full kork is about the most powerfull insert you can buy without a prescription....that product itself was designed to do 90% of the work of a corrective device for 90% of the people using it


good luck which ever direction you choose to go in..... i should add that a semi rigid device will be so much more comfortable in a ski boot than fully rigid one
Thanks that was very helpful.
post #6 of 8
Do you really think it is the "insurance" company's responsibility to cover the cost of a ski boot orthotic ??? I sure don't. If this was a medical necessity, maybe. This is why my insurance premiums are so high!!!
post #7 of 8
Cantman,

personally i don't think that it is an insurance companies problem, over here it just wouldn't wash.... but i was answering the question from the point of view that a C.Ped could make the prescription orthotic IF and only IF a prescription device is required
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by cantman View Post
Do you really think it is the "insurance" company's responsibility to cover the cost of a ski boot orthotic ??? I sure don't. If this was a medical necessity, maybe. This is why my insurance premiums are so high!!!
This is a medical necessity. My arch is collapsing causing my knees to draw closer together which results in pain on the lower inside portion of my kneecap. This was verified by my pediatrist. So being that I ski 40 days a year at around 8 hours a day I believe my insurance company should pay for the $110 inserts rather than the thousands of dollars it will cost them to fix my knees if they get progressively worse.
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