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In a previous blog post on custom orthotics, I discussed the importance of having your orthotics (shoe inserts) custom fitted for your feet by a professional pedorthist. Look for a pedorthist who is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics.
An ABC-certified pedorthist has met rigorous educational requirements and completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of pedorthic patient care. They must also pass an intense examination, testing their knowledge of pedorthic assessment, implementation, practice management, ethics and professionalism.
By choosing an ABC-certified pedorthist, you ensure that your pedorthist is knowledgeable and experienced — and that's important when you consider how much time you'll spend standing and walking on the custom inserts they provide for you.
Choose your orthotics provider carefully. There are many types of places offering orthotics these days, ranging from drug stores and kiosks to podiatry clinics. We are fortunate at The Foot & Ankle Center to have one of the few ABC-certified pedorthists in the area right here in our clinic.
If you need to be fitted with custom orthotics to improve the functionality of your feet as you stand, walk or play sports, or if you have a foot injury or deformity, difficult-to-fit feet or a medical condition such as diabetes, we encourage you to make an appointment — and see what a difference professional, custom-fit orthotics can make in the quality of your life.
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Orthotics (custom-fit inserts you wear in your shoes) can make walking, standing, or even playing sports more comfortable for many people with various types of foot problems. How about you? Could a good pair of orthotics make a difference for you?
Here are a few situations where a high-quality, customized pair of orthotics could potentially make a big difference:
Foot Deformity: If you have bunions, hammertoes, clubfoot or other types of foot deformities, you know how challenging it can be to find shoes that fit right. At the Foot & Ankle Center, we have a staff pedorthist (shoe fitting expert) who provides custom orthotics, shoe modifications and braces to improve foot function, comfort and mobility — even for feet with these types of deformities.
Overuse Injuries: Athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as running, are often sidelined with injuries that may improve with specialized shoes and insoles. Other conditions can also create overuse problems that custom shoes and insoles might help.
Difficult-to-fit Feet: Maybe you're one of the many people who have feet that are just hard to fit for shoes, such as a wide forefoot but a narrow heel — or your two feet may be two different sizes. Our pedorthist can modify your shoes to give you a better, more comfortable fit.
Medical Conditions: If you have diabetes, you're at higher risk for developing a foot ulceration or infection, which may become severe enough to result in amputation. About one-quarter of diabetics will develop foot problems, so protecting your feet is critical — and properly fitted and correctly constructed shoes and insoles are your best line of defense. Even patients who've had an amputation can be helped — our pedorthist can fit them with customized extra-depth shoes, and fabricate a custom insole with a filler for the missing portion of the foot. Others who may benefit from custom orthotics include people with arthritis, neuromuscular disease or post-polio syndrome.
If you have any of the conditions listed above, properly fitting shoes and orthotics could make a huge difference in your overall health and quality of life. Let our pedorthist create a custom solution for you — request an appointment today.
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If you're one of the many people who suffer from heel spurs or heel pain — also known as plantar fasciitis — you may be wondering what options you have for getting some relief. Some heel pain sufferers may put off getting help because they think any effective treatment would have to involve surgery. The truth is that in most cases, you don't need surgery to get rid of heel pain.
Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, we have a 95 percent success rate in treating plantar fasciitis with non-surgical methods. Some of the ways we treat heel pain include stretching exercises we can teach you to do, cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. We may provide a splint for you to wear at night to keep the ligament stretched out. We can also fit you with a foot orthotic that you can slip into your shoe to support your foot and keep it in proper alignment, to prevent any further damage to your plantar fascia. And, we modify our own custom orthotics right here in our clinic, to ensure the highest quality and a proper fit.
So, these are some of the highly effective, non-surgical means that we use to treat heel pain. There are, of course, some situations where surgery is needed, but these cases are in the minority. Chances are we can treat your heel pain successfully without surgery, so you can start walking in comfort again.
If you've been suffering with heel pain, I encourage you to contact us — take the first step and make an appointment today.
Recently I was a guest on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6, to discuss ways you can help keep your feet healthy this spring and summer.
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. With warmer weather, people are getting outdoors. Here are some tips to help keep your feet healthy this spring and summer — and really, all year long.
A lot of people this time of year are concerned with colds and allergies, but why don't we pay more attention to our feet? 80 percent of people have a foot problem during their life; 50 percent of people have a foot problem at some time that actually interferes with their work or their ability to exercise or even walk. A lot of these problems are relatively simple to take care of.
I sometimes divide problems into three categories: Traumatic, medical and functional. Traumatic foot problems result from an injury to your foot. Medical foot problems include things like diabetes and circulation problems that effect the foot. Functional foot problems include conditions such as bunions, hammer toes, heel spurs or pinched nerves in your foot. These problems are often easily fixed — sometimes through surgery and sometimes through something as simple as a shoe insert.
Many functional foot problems are preventable. Sometimes foot problems are inherited — you could inherit a gene that gives you a greater chance of getting a particular foot problem. If we know that a parent has had a particular type of foot problem, there are sometimes we can do to help prevent the same type of problem from developing in their child.
So, what are some things you can do this spring and summer to help keep your feet healthy and prevent foot problems? Start with proper footwear. Lots of people like to wear flip-flops in the summer — if you really want to wear flip-flops, be sure to get one with an arch support built in, which you can find fairly easily these days. Also, be sure to protect your feet, especially if you have diabetes — that means don't go barefoot, even at the pool. You need to protect your feet from injury and bacterial or viral infections which you can pick up if you walk around barefoot. Also, remember to protect your feet from the sun by putting sunscreen on your feet — this helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and other problems.
Throughout the year, wearing shoes that fit properly is important. Many people have problems with pronating feet that can lead to hip, knee, back or even shoulder problems. Sometimes when we correct a foot problem, other problems may tend to get better as a result.
If you have a problem with your feet, don't wait to get it checked out. It's not normal for your feet to hurt. If you have pain in your feet, make an appointment to get it checked out!
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Today we're going to be talking about heel pain, and more specifically, plantar fasciitis, which is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is often caused by a foot that over pronates. And what over-pronation means is that when you walk, your foot flattens out excessively and rolls inward; this causes the ligament that connects the ball of your foot to your heel bone -- also known as the plantar fascia, to get over-stretched. When it gets over-stretched, it tugs on your heel bone, becomes inflamed, and then becomes very painful.
The good news with plantar fasciitis is, that most of the time, you don't need surgery for this. Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, we have a 95 percent success rate in getting rid of plantar fasciitis with just conservative treatment. We use things like cold therapy, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatories, often we'll give you a splint that you can wear in the evening that keeps the ligament stretched out. Also, foot orthotics are very important. A foot orthotic will support your foot in a more normal alignment so it stops damaging that plantar fascia.
So, if you have heel pain, I really would encourage you to contact us. Just give us a call at 804-320-FOOT or make an appointment today!
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