- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
How the Right Orthotics Can Help You with Your Foot Pain
Though you may not realize it, many aches and pains that arise in your legs and lower back can be caused by problems with your feet. Foot problems that can affect your musculoskeletal system include misalignment of your foot and ankle. Orthotic shoe inserts can put an end to these aches and pains. Dr. Jesse Anderson is a podiatrist at AAL Podiatry Associates, located in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA. He can provide you with custom orthotics to help with your foot pain.
What Kind of Foot Problems Can Orthotics Help With?
Orthotic devices can help with the following podiatric problems:
- Bunions and calluses
- Flat feet
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- High arches
- Sports injuries
Benefits of Orthotics
Norfolk residents have found the following benefits from custom orthotics:
- Providing support so you can walk, stand, and run comfortably
- Easing pain in your heel, foot, and ankle
- Improving balance
- Absorbing shock and stress
- Helping to correct posture
- Reducing the risk of injury
Tips for Getting Orthotics Fitted
- Talk to your podiatrist: it’s important that you understand your foot type and condition.
- Get custom orthotics fitted: that way you can rest assured that they are designed to fit your foot and stabilize the condition you are having issues with.
- Wear your most comfortable shoes: When you go to have your orthotics fitted, wear your favorite shoes so that they will work optimally with your footwear.
- Think about the types of activity you need orthotics for: do you spend a lot of time standing, are you a runner, or do you have a medical condition?
If you would like to discuss custom orthotics, call Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk to schedule an appointment. In Norfolk, VA, call (757) 625-2962. In Suffolk, phone us at (757) 539-2098.
- Trauma or injury to the foot, damaging the nerve and resulting in swelling.
- Improper footwear, like shoes that squeeze the foot together. High heels also increase pressure on the vulnerable areas.
- Recurring stress to the feet through repeated physical activities or exercise. This is common with patients who are constantly on their feet due to their job.
- Deformities of the foot, like a high arch or flat foot. These lead to instability throughout the foot.
- Taping and padding: This is a special type of tape and bandages that you place on the bottom of the foot. This helps with your symptoms.
- Orthotics: These are the custom shoes that your podiatrist can create for you.
- Medication: Cortisone injections reduce the pain and inflammation in the foot. Anti-inflammatory drugs also reduce your swelling.
- Surgery is the last resort for treatment. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The injured nerve is removed and recovery takes a few weeks.
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