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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
June 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   Orthotics  

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:

  • Bursitis
  • Bunions and calluses
  • Flat feet
  • Arthritis
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • High arches
  • Tendonitis
  • 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.

By Dr. Jesse Anderson III
August 08, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: foot pain  

Foot pain can dramatically affect your life, causing you to spend more time away from the activities you love. The good news is, you can get relief from foot pain with help from podiatrist Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry Associates. He has two convenient office locations in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, to serve you.

There are many causes of foot pain and treatment will depend on what is causing your foot pain. Trauma, an accident, or an injury can result in broken bones, fractures, and other problems. In most cases, these types of injuries need to be treated by your podiatrist. You may need:

  • A comprehensive foot examination, including x-rays
  • Custom-fit footwear, orthotics, or other devices
  • Casts, braces, splints, crutches, or other sources of support
  • Surgical treatment for persistent issues

Diabetic neuropathy and diabetic ulcers are two common problems which can affect your feet. The first line of treatment is making sure your underlying condition, diabetes, is well-controlled with medication and diet. In addition, you might need:

  • Topical medication and bandaging of any open sores, blisters, or ulcers
  • Medications, including gabapentin and others, to decrease nerve pain due to diabetes
  • Exercises and stretching to increase circulation to your feet and your toes
  • Custom-fit footwear, orthotics, and other devices to decrease stress on your feet

Plantar fasciitis is another very common issue resulting in heel pain. The thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. The inflammation results in swelling and pain. Your podiatrist offers several effective treatments for plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to support your feet
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and mobility

Don’t let foot pain keep you down, especially when relief is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry Associates, with offices in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA. Call 757-625-2962 for Norfolk, and 757-539-2098 for Suffolk.

By Dr. Jesse Anderson III
May 09, 2019
Category: Foot Care

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!

By Dr. Jesse Anderson III
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

marathon runningWhether you’re training for your very first marathon or preparing for your tenth, it’s important to begin your training program on the right foot.  A lack of experience coupled with the repetitive impact placed on the feet and ankles during a long run can produce enough stress to cause hairline fractures and other debilitating foot injuries.

Many foot problems seen in marathoners are caused by the repetitive pounding over the months of long-distance running. In some people injury is triggered by the abnormal foot biomechanics and in others it is because of poor training. During a 10-mile run, the feet make about 15,000 strikes, at a force of three to four times the body's weight. Even if you have perfect foot mechanics, injuries and pain are often unavoidable with this amount of stress.  

To prevent injury during training, it’s important to pay close attention to your feet.  When increasing mileage, avoid doing so too quickly. The increased forced can make your feet more susceptible to stress fractures.

Basic tips for training include:

  • Follow a training schedule that is appropriate for your experience level
  • Start easy and increase your mileage slowly
  • Stretch and warm up properly to reduce strain on muscles, tendons and joints
  • Choose appropriate footwear based on your foot structure, function, body type, running environment and training regimen
  • Never ignore pain. If the pain gets worse with reduced exercise and rest, stop training and visit your podiatrist

Aside from stress fractures which often occur from overtraining, additional foot problems you may experience include:

  • Toenail problems, including ingrown and fungus
  • Heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon and calf pain
  • Toe pain, such as bunions
  • Shin splints

Before you start training, Dr. Jesse Anderson III recommends visiting a podiatrist for a complete evaluation of your lower extremities.  Our Norfolk and Suffolk office will examine your feet and identify potential problems, discuss training tactics, prescribe an orthotic device that fits into a running shoe (if needed), and recommend the best style of footwear for your feet to allow for injury free training all the way up to your race day. It is especially important to come in for an exam if you have already started training and are experiencing foot or ankle pain.  

Training for a marathon is hard work. It takes time and dedication.  Dr. Jesse Anderson III offers special interest and expertise working with marathoners to ensure good foot health throughout your entire training program to help you achieve your goals.

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