Orthotics are orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various
biomechanical foot disorders. They may be simple, commercially made devices,
such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes. These are sold over-the-counter
in drug stores or other retail establishments. The best orthotics, however,
are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a
particular individual. This is done by making an impression of the foot
called a cast. The impressions in the cast duplicate any misalignments
in the foot. Specialists in an orthotic laboratory can then correct the
misalignments with compensation and stabilization techniques. The finished
orthotic is then placed in the patient's shoe and helps keep the foot
in proper alignment. Depending upon the patient's needs, the orthotic
may have padding to cushion the foot against the weight of the body.
How Is an
While orthotics can be made by several different processes, most physicians prefer
to make a plaster cast of the patient's foot. This is called a negative impression.
The cast is sent to a laboratory with a prescription for recommended modifications.
At the lab, a positive cast is made by pouring plaster
into the negative cast. When this dries, it forms a perfect reproduction of the
bottom of the foot. Using the physician's recommendations for corrections, the
lab technicians custom-mold an orthotic that incorporates the necessary adjustments.
This will provide the patient with the support, stability, cushioning and alignment
necessary to keep his or her , ankles and lower body comfortable, healthy and
Hagen CO, BOCO, C.PED, PTA
Owner and operator,
Warren Hagen was born in Sauk Centre, MN and raised on a local
dairy farm in Kandiyohi County. Warren attended Brooten High School
and graduated in 1988. Following graduation, he enlisted in the
armed forces as a military policeman. He was stationed in Germany
and became certified as a Senior
Customs Inspector and in 1992 a nationally certified as a Emergency
Medical Ambulance Technician, which began his career in
field. He served in Operation Desert
Storm, and with the 66th Military Police in Saudi Arabia, Iraq
Following his tour of duty, Warren returned to Minnesota and attended Ridgewater
College in Willmar for two years and to Anoka Hennepin Tech and Anoka
Ramsey Technical College for a Physical Therapist Assistant degree (1996). Following
his completed internships, Warren spent four years in the Physical Therapy Department
at Rice Hospital, Rice Care Center and Rice Out-Patient Clinic in Willmar, MN.
During this period, Warren continued to attend college to further his education.
Warren became certified as an Orthotist and Pedorthist. He then began working
in the field at Hanger O&P in St. Cloud, MN. As an Orthotist and Lab Manager,
he was provided a great opportunity to expand his clinical knowledge.
Since that time, he has taken the opportunity to return to his hometown area
and open an office in Willmar, MN: Hagen Orthotics and Prosthetics. He manages
and operates the facility independently.
Warren’s goal is to provide the
community with friendly and quality service locally in the orthotics and prosthetic
area. He currently lives on the original Hagen farm in the rural New London area.
Hagen Orthotics and Prosthetics
Hagen O&P provides patients
with the most comfortable and functional O&P devices, as well
as hip, knee, ankle, foot, and upper limb orthoses. Hagen O&P,
is prepared to provide patients with the quality care they deserve.
Unlike many of the large, national chains of prosthetic
and orthotic providers, our privately owned and operated facility is
focused on quality products and excellent service. We maintain an on-site
fabrication laboratory at our Willmar facility, which allows our practitioners
to retain full control over the design, fabrication and fitting process.