Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each appointment?
Most consultations take about 40 minutes to an hour.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is NIS 180. After that, the cost depends on your specific needs. We will discuss the course of treatment and then you will be able to decide whether to continue.
Will my Kupat Holim cover my orthotics?
Probably not. The Kupot use a michraz system, in which the lowest bidder gets the job. That means that they will usually cover only standard orthotics, which are made with minimal biomechanical assessment or customization and use sponge box molding that often casts the foot in the incorrect position. To make our orthotics, we use video gait analysis, plaster cast molding, full-body assessments, and specially-imported semi-rigid thermoplastic that supports your foot in its CORRECT neutral position.
How long will my orthotics last?
We use a highly-durable thermoplastic material that can remain effective for over ten years.
Do you do general podiatry or only orthotics?
Yes, I also treat corns, ingrown toenails, and symptoms related to diabetes.
How long does it take for orthotics to work?
Allow a couple of weeks to get used to the orthotics. After that, the healing time depends on the injury. For example, ligaments and tendons have a relatively poor blood supply and so it can take up to six weeks to start feeling an improvement.
Why is a plaster cast better than a sponge box?
The sponge box method of casting captures your foot in the incorrect position. That means the starting position of the orthotic insert will be incorrect. It is the equivalent of squinting and straining your eyes doing an eye exam. The glasses you’d get will only work if you continued to squint and strain.
The plaster cast method can only be used by a trained expert. It holds the foot in a correct neutral position for optimal efficiency and functionality.
Why do my feet hurt since making Aliyah?
In many countries, floors are primarily made of wood, often carpeted, and have an additional layer underneath. These are called sprung floors. In Israel, most floors are concrete with tile on top. Walking on hard surfaces like this all day, every day intensifies any underlying biomechanical dysfunction.
Can you help with knee pain?
Foot problems can often cause patella tracking disorders, which is when the kneecap shifts, causing pain and long-term wear and tear. Orthotics fix the foot positioning that causes the underlying problems with patella tracking.
What common issues can be treated with orthotics?
Plantar fasciitis (Dorban)
Tendonitis in the lower limbs
Lower back pain
Can you help cyclists with lower limb issues?
Yes! Using video analysis of your riding, I can help you adjust your body and foot position for long-term health and comfort.
Do you treat soldiers?
I have treated soldiers from all branches of the military, including Matkal 13 and other Special Forces units. When you are pushing your body intensively, any underlying issues can strongly increase the likelihood of injury. At my clinic, all soldiers and young people about to begin their service automatically receive a 10% discount on orthotics.