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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.
At AAL Podiatry Associates in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson often recommends orthotics to patients who suffer from foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and tendonitis, just to name a few. Additionally, if your muscles, joints, and ligaments aren't in proper working order, orthotics can eliminate irritation, aching, as well as fatigue, while improving their overall function. If you have mild-to-moderate symptoms that may benefit from these helpful devices, schedule a consultation at one of our offices to discuss the benefits further.
What are Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics refer to arch supports, insoles, and shoe inserts. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and typically serve three primary purposes. Some intend to change foot function, while others aid in protection or merge the two characteristics. Some increase balance and alleviate pain and pressure, while others can correct an abnormal walking pattern. After assessing your condition during a consultation, your podiatrist will recommend which type he thinks is the best fit.
Which Orthotics Type Is Right for You?
Orthotics are customizable to fit your foot only, and the podiatrist can fabricate them from a variety of materials. To determine which type is appropriate for you, Dr. Anderson will physically examine the foot structure, observe your gait, and ask questions about your activity level during your initial visit to our Norfolk office or Suffolk location. Once deciding to move forward with orthotics, he may recommend one of the following to improve the biomechanics of your foot and ankle, as well as to provide added cushioning and support:
- Soft - crafted from soft, cushioning materials, and worn against the sole
- Rigid - usually composed of carbon fiber or plastic materials
- Semi-rigid - made up of soft layers and reinforced with more inflexible materials
Need Podiatric Relief? Give Us a Call
For more information about orthotics or any of the other services provided here at AAL Podiatry Associates, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Norfolk, VA, office, dial (757) 625-2962, and for our Suffolk location, dial (757) 539-2098.
If your feet are suffering from pain or other ailments, you are in luck! Your podiatrist offers custom orthotics to help you stand, walk and run more efficiently and comfortably.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are essentially pads or shoe inserts that have been sculpted to achieve a particular effect on your foot when you walk on them. They can be placed inside many different types of shoes, depending on their thickness and the fit of the shoe in question.
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes and materials to help alleviate your foot ailments. At your local podiatrist, we utilize orthotics to alter or modify foot function. They are designed to treat, adjust and support various biomechanical foot disorders. The most effective are custom-made orthotics, which are created to meet the specific needs of an individual’s foot shape and problem.
They also fall under three different categories: rigid, soft and semi-rigid orthotics. While more rigid orthotics help to control the motion of the foot, softer orthotics mimic sometimes missing or inadequate padding and support on the bottom of the foot.
Why Are Orthotics Prescribed?
Your podiatrist prescribes orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot problems, or as a method of control after certain types of foot surgery. Orthotics correct abnormal walking patterns and support your foot. By slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface, orthotics make standing, walking and running much more comfortable.
Visit your podiatrist today at AAL Podiatry Associates In Suffolk, VA or Norfolk, VA for an evaluation and remain on track for healthy, pain-free feet with orthotics!
You may be surprised to learn that most feet can benefit from custom shoe inserts from our offices in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA!
Did you know that only about 1 in 4 people have proper running patterns? This means that the majority of people out there pronate, which can lead to added stress and pressure on the feet. Of course, if you’ve ever tried to use those store bought orthotics (also known as shoe inserts), you may have noticed that they do not provide you with the comfort and support you need.
In fact, that can often lead your feet to feel pretty cramped. This is because store-bought orthotics aren’t custom-made to provide your unique foot shape with what it needs. This is where our podiatrist Dr. Jesse Anderson comes in!
More about orthotics
A helpful way of understanding over-the-counter orthotics is to think of them the same as reading glasses that you get over-the-counter rather than as a prescription. It may correct the issue a bit, but it isn’t nearly as effective as it could be if you had a proper prescription.
The prescription orthotics from our offices in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, are designed to realign the foot and ankle and improve biomechanics in order to redistribute the weight evenly throughout the foot. It can alleviate strain while also added cushioning, stabilization, shock absorption, and support.
Who can benefit from orthotics?
Since many people have some kind of imbalance within their feet, most people can benefit from what orthotics have to offer. Custom orthotics are able to,
- Improve your balance
- Alleviate pain in the feet, ankles, legs, or back
- Provide support to the feet, particularly the arches and heels
- Prevent corns, ulcers, and calluses
- Reduce fatigue and achiness due to standing or walking for long periods of time
- Correct alignment issues
You could benefit from orthotics if you are dealing with any of these conditions,
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
- Ankle instability
- Leg or knee pain
- Arthritis in the feet
Athletes can also benefit from orthotics, as it can improve the alignment of the feet during activity and even provide the feet and ankles with support and cushioning.
What are the different types of orthotics?
The three main types of orthotics are soft, semi-rigid, and rigid. Based on the issues you are dealing with, Dr. Anderson will be able to determine the best option for you. For example, soft orthotics take pressure off certain areas and can be great for diabetic feet while rigid orthotics can be ideal for those wearing dress shoes or those who are overweight.
Do you want to find out how orthotics could improve your foot health in Norfolk or Suffolk, VA? If so, then call AAL Podiatry Associates today to schedule a consultation: 757-625-2962 for Norfolk, and 757-539-2098 for Suffolk.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, supporting you when you stand, walk and run. But when your feet are functioning poorly, signs and symptoms of altered biomechanics usually result in pain, instability, and poor performance.
The good news is that a custom-made orthotic from AAL Podiatry Associates can relieve your chronic foot pain by supporting the bone structures of your feet, allowing these structures to work together properly. Orthotics help correct structural problems and conditions such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis; arch pain; pain related to diabetes or age; and many other foot pains related to bunions, sprains and other conditions.
State-of-the-Art Foot Scanners from AAL Podiatry Associates
Now when patients come into our Norfolk or Suffolk office, we can use our state-of-the-art foot scanner to provide a dynamic, biomechanic assessment of the foot. Our new foot scanning technology offers precise mapping of the contours of the feet, resulting in a more accurate orthotic fitting for each patient. The process is extremely fast and accurate, and using this advanced technology, we can create the most comfortable and suitable solution for the correction of your feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain or instability, visit AAL Podiatry Associates for a thorough biomechanical assessment. After an evaluation of your foot, we can use our advanced foot scanning system to manufacture the best orthotic specifically for you and your feet.
If your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. At AAL Podiatry Associates our goal is to design and fabricate the most effective custom orthotic devices to help relieve your pain and get you on the road to recovery!