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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.
What are orthotics?
These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.
Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.
Do I need orthotics?
Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
- Leg, hip, or back pain
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.
Types of Orthotics
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.
Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.
If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
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.