Note to Self: Do not forget the contralateral side

Early on, when I was a newly Certified Prosthetist, I focused only on the side I was fitting when evaluating a prosthesis. Then one day, as I was finalizing the alignment for one of my patient’s prosthesis, a co-worker, Terry Ether, CPO, said, “You will never get that alignment right until you address the foot instability on the other side.” Hmmm.  Never thought about that before.  We made the patient a custom foot orthosis on the other side, and the patient was instantly more stable. I thank Terry for providing me with a teachable moment. Now I always continue to take into consideration what is happening on the non-affected side.

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