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Podiatry reviews in Newton Upper Falls

  • C
    I heard that pedorthics are better equipped to deal with orthotics than podiatrists, and this seems to be the highest-rated of the (few) local pedorthic facilities. In general, since pedorthic practitioners are not medical doctors, if there is something that might require medical attention, they have to refer you to a specialist. On the other hand, it seems that podiatrists actually *are* trained in the and quot;anatomy and bio-dynamics of the footand quot;, so they can deal with orthotics too (what a surprise!).
    I was told when making the appointment that the cost will be $187.50; turns out that and quot;assessmentand quot; (which is, of course, not covered by insurance) is billed at $125/hour and takes 1-1.5 hours.
    I was in early to deal with the paperwork; practitioner was half an hour late; no apologies from him or the staff. We spend half an hour going over the paperwork again; then I was informed of the and quot;assessmentand quot; rates and asked - repeatedly - if I really want one now - although that was the reason for my appointment. When I answered - repeatedly - that I do want one, it finally started - with the start time marked to include the half an hour spend going over the paperwork. The and quot;assessmentand quot; took 1.5 hours more, but when I was paying up, I was told to pay only for 1.5 hours and not for 2 hours, so I ended up paying what I was told I would :)
    All the appointments, people waiting for the appointments, show-shelves and the office are located in the same room. In addition to non-very-professional impression such lack of privacy made on me, there were some outright distractions and interruptions.
    Computerised gait analysis advertised on their web-site was not available: the machine doesn't work, and they don't do it any more anyways, since it is - in their words - just a marketing trick. No treadmill with cameras or any other technology was employed. and quot;Gait analysisand quot; was watching me walk back and forth a few times - which may well be all it really takes, for all I know. I was told that my gait is normal.
    The assessment *was* very thorough; a lot of papers were marked; I was told that they are now part of my and quot;clinical recordand quot;. I was also told that and quot;this is not just aboit orthotics, but the whole planand quot;; that and quot;we will work togetherand quot;, and lectured on the third law of Newton. When I asked for recommendation on sandals and a fit on the ones I had with me, I was told that we need to start by making custom inserts for me ($540 or some such), and make them work, and then we can talk about everything else.
    They do use digital scans: they make an impression of the foot using traditional (analog :)) techniques, and then scan it!
    At least in my case, all this $180 assessment did was allow me to order inserts for another $540. Now, it is possible that they are the best in the industry. Eric seemed sincere enough and really willing to help. He dissuaded me from buying $160 shoes from him, and advised me to buy new pair of what I wear for $80 elsewhere, which was nice. So it boils down to $720+ for a pair of custom orthotics.
    I since visited a podiatrist, who told me that my current orthotics (which Eric ignored completely) are fine structurally and seem to fit me well; that they can be refurbished for $45, and that this is what we should start from, and only if that doesn't work, we'll look into making new ones (in which case the price of refurbishing will be applied towards the price of making new ones).
    Since I am pretty sure that my podiatrist knows what he is doing at least as much as Boston Pedorthic, I think I'll go with him: although $180 I already paid will be completely wasted (again, in my case; maybe this assessment did help other people), at least I won't pay another $540 for something that I can have (equivalent of) for $45 :)

    - Leonid D.
  • B
    cursory examination.  Provided little information.  Recommended a pad which was not effective.
    - RUSSELL V.
  • C
    They were on time and very professional. The physical therapist was one of the best that I have used. The staff was also very pleasant.
    - Polly G.
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