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By AAL Podiatry Associates
June 15, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Custom Orthotics  

Turn to a podiatrist to find out more about orthotics and their benefits

If you are dealing with sore, tired, and achy feet you may be wondering whether you should turn to a podiatrist for custom orthotics. Custom or prescription orthotics are far more effective than those over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all orthotics you’ll find at your local drugstore. Luckily, podiatrists craft orthotics to fit your needs and your feet, so they are tailored to you. Here are the types of custom orthotics that are available.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are in-shoe devices that help to correct structural abnormalities within the foot that may impact how the foot, ankle, leg, and hip function. Prescription orthotics are specially crafted by a foot and ankle specialist to correct issues you’re dealing with, manage symptoms and improve movement overall.

What are the types of custom orthotics?

Orthotics are categorized as accommodative or functional,

Accommodative orthotics

These types of orthotics are most often recommended for those who are dealing with injuries, pain, and other similar problems that may require additional cushioning and support. These orthotics are typically made from a soft, flexible material, making them more about comfort than functionality (even though they may be able to control abnormal movements, as well). Accommodative orthotics are often best for,

  • Calluses and corns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers or diabetic feet
  • Arch support
  • Heel pain
  • Chronic pain

Functional orthotics

This orthotic is made from a semi-rigid or rigid material, making it the ideal option for correcting faulty biomechanics and gait issues within the feet. Functional orthotics can help stabilize the foot and ankle and may be an ideal option for athletes as well as those who are prone to tendonitis, bursitis, hip pain, and shin splints. Of course, if you aren’t sure which type of orthotic is right for you, you should speak with your podiatrist.

What goes into getting orthotics?

Before getting custom orthotics, your podiatrist will need to perform a comprehensive assessment of the foot, ankles, knees, and hips to understand what structural or functional issues you’re dealing with. This examination is straightforward and non-invasive. From there, a plaster cast of your foot will be made to help craft your custom-fitted orthotics. Once your orthotics are ready, you’ll come back into the office to have them fitted.

Most people can benefit from custom orthotics. If you want to find out which type of orthotics are right for you and how they could support your feet, talk with your podiatrist today.

By AAL Podiatry Associates
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

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
  • Arthritis
  • Shin splints
  • Knee pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Flat feet (fallen arches)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bursitis
  • Metatarsalgia

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.

By AAL Podiatry Associates
March 31, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Custom Orthotics  
Custom OrthoticsOur feet are often overworked and underappreciated. They do so much for us and yet we often take them for granted unless they start to cause us issues. Whether you’re looking for ways to prevent foot problems from happening in the first place or you’re already dealing with these issues, there are many reasons people are turning to their podiatrist for custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

Sometimes known as arch support, custom orthotics give people the freedom to stand and move easier and more comfortably. Some people might opt for over-the-counter orthotics because of convenience; however, over-the-counter orthotics are not crafted uniquely to your feet, which often means that they won’t provide the relief you’re looking for from foot pain and other issues, and may even make problems worse. Instead, consider getting custom orthotics that are designed to correct your specific foot problems, ease symptoms, and make it easier for you to get back to your life.

Here are the types of custom orthotics that podiatrists often provide:

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are often made from harder materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and are used to control function. They also help to control motion in the joints of the foot. They are most often used with walking shoes or dress shoes as they help with strains, aches and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Just like the name states, soft orthotics are made out of more cushioned materials so they can act as shock absorbers, help with balance, and relieve pressure. They also cradle the soles of the foot and support everything from the heel and balls of your feet to the toes. Since soft orthotics help to absorb shock, they can be a good option for athletes and those with active lifestyles.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics can also be a great option for sports players as they provide a good balance. As the name implies, semi-rigid orthotics are made with layers of soft material that are backed by a rigid material. While this type is great for avid walkers and the like, semi-rigid orthotics are also prescribed to treat flatfoot and other foot disorders in children. If you’re planning on running a marathon this year and you’re experiencing foot pain, semi-rigid orthotics might help relieve some of the discomforts you’re feeling while training.

Are you interested in custom orthotics? If so, your podiatrist can chat more about orthotics and how they could benefit your feet based on your foot health, age, activities, and lifestyle.
By AAL Podiatry Associates
March 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   Orthotics  

Custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist in Norfolk, and Suffolk, VA, can help your feet

Do your feet hurt? Did you know that custom-made orthotics can help you and your feet feel better? The truth is, orthotics can cushion your feet, help you walk without discomfort, and treat many foot and ankle issues. Let’s face it when your feet hurt, the rest of you probably hurts too!

Dr. Jesse Anderson of AAL Podiatry Associates offers a wide range of foot care services, including orthotics. He has two convenient office locations in Norfolk, and Suffolk, VA, to help you and your feet feel better.

Custom-made orthotics from your podiatrist are different from orthotics you can buy over-the-counter; they are made uniquely for your feet, to treat issues involving your feet and help relieve your foot pain.

If you are having foot problems related to tendon or joint strain, you can benefit from rigid orthotics, made of hard plastic components. Rigid orthotics provide excellent support for your feet and can relieve strain on your legs and lower back too.

If you play sports or enjoy walking or jogging, your feet can take a beating, experiencing a lot of foot stress. Semi-rigid orthotics are a great choice for you. They provide support and cushioning because they use a combination of soft and hard materials.

If you are having foot pain due to diabetes, your podiatrist may recommend soft orthotics, made entirely of soft, cushioned materials. Soft orthotics can also help relieve foot pain associated with arthritis or bone deformities, and they can also help with balance issues.

You need to care for your feet, so your feet can take care of you, and orthotics can help. To find out more about the benefits and types of orthotics, talk with an expert by calling Dr. Jesse Anderson of AAL Podiatry Associates. You can reach him in Norfolk, VA, at (757) 625-2962, or in Suffolk, VA, at (757) 539-2098, so call now!

By AAL Podiatry Associates
October 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Taking Care of Your FeetWrinkles and back pain aren’t the only issues you may deal with as you get older. You may also notice changes in your feet that can leave you prone to aches, pain, cracked heels and other unpleasant issues. As you get older it’s important that you provide your aging feet with what they need, and sometimes that means consulting a podiatrist for additional care and treatment. Here are some tips to keep your aging feet looking and feeling their best,

Clean Feet Daily

It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.

Keep Feet Moisturized

You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.

Trim Nails Properly

If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.

Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.


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