Posts for: April, 2022
When should you turn to a podiatrist for care?
There are many reasons why people turn to podiatrists. After all, our feet and ankles deserve the same lovin’ care that you provide to the rest of your body. Wondering if it’s time to see a podiatrist (chances are good you could benefit from a visit)? You may want to turn to one for,
You turn to your dentist for routine checkups to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening so why wouldn’t you do the same thing with a podiatrist? By coming in once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, a podiatrist can examine your feet, discuss your lifestyle and determine if there are additional measures you should be taking to prevent injuries and other foot problems. A podiatrist can be as much preventive as they can be a great source for treatment. Athletes and active individuals can particularly benefit from undergoing preventive care with a podiatrist.
Bunions are common foot deformities that can continue to enlarge and impact the structure and function of your feet. A podiatrist wants to prevent individuals from needing surgery in the future, which means coming in the minute you suspect that you have a bunion so that they can provide simple lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the deformity. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving bunion symptoms.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Dealing with an injury? If so, you definitely want to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can diagnose and treat the injury. While you may be able to treat minor injuries on your own with rest and home care, it’s often best to play it safe and turn to an expert who can figure out the extent of the injury so you can get the customized care you deserve.
Persistent Joint Pain
Dealing with painful, stiff or inflamed joints in your foot or ankle that won’t go away? This could be a sign of arthritis, a progressive chronic condition that can cause permanent joint damage if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage it. A podiatrist can craft the perfect treatment plan to improve your symptoms, which may include medications to slow the progression of the disease. A podiatrist is going to be the best medical professional to have on your treatment plan if you have arthritis.
When in doubt, call your local podiatrist to find out if the issues or concerns you’re facing require a professional opinion. A podiatrist can answer your questions, diagnose your issues and provide you with the treatment you need.
Find out how shoe inserts could improve the way your feet function and feel.
Dealing with foot pain? Are you a weekend warrior pounding the pavement? Are you on your feet most of the day for work? There are many reasons why someone may benefit from orthotics, custom shoe inserts specially crafted from our Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, podiatrist Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry Associates. Have questions about orthotics? You've come to the right place.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that are crafted by our expert podiatric team at AAL Podiatry Associates to provide your feet with the corrective support they need to manage certain foot and ankle problems, as well as to prevent injuries and other issues from happening. Shoe inserts can range in type and material, depending on what you’re looking to correct or treat. All orthotics provide additional support, cushioning and even shock absorption.
Who can benefit from orthotics?
Orthotics can be a great option for patients of all ages. If you find that your condition or foot problem is making day-to-day activities painful or difficult then you may want to talk with our Norfolk, VA, podiatrist Dr. Anderson about whether orthotics could benefit you. For example, if you’ve been trying to avoid surgery but are looking for corrective treatments to help with bunion and hammertoe pain a simple orthotic may be all you need. Custom orthotics may ease symptoms of,
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Flat feet (fallen arches)
- Diabetic foot ulcers
These are only some of the issues that orthotics can correct or improve. Orthotics are also an option for all ages, from children to seniors.
What makes custom orthotics different from commercial shoe inserts?
This is a popular question. After all, custom orthotics cost more than the shoe inserts you find at your local drugstore. There’s a reason for that. Commercial shoe inserts aren’t tailor-made to the shape or size of your feet and they aren’t designed to treat the specific problems you are dealing with, but custom orthotics are.
Based on the condition or symptoms you are dealing with, a podiatrist can craft custom-made orthotics out of different materials to conform to your feet to alleviate pain, provide stability and cushioning, and more.
How long should I wear my orthotics?
Most people who get custom orthotics are dealing with chronic or recurring foot problems that need constant treatment and support. In this case, orthotics will be worn throughout the day whenever the person is standing or moving. With the proper care, orthotics can last years. Of course, it will also take a couple of weeks to get used to new orthotics.
Still have questions about orthotics? Want to find out whether you could benefit from them? Then call AAL Podiatry Associates in Norfolk or Suffolk, VA, at (757) 625-2962 or (757) 539-2098 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson.