Podiatry Care: Keeping Your Feet Happy

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Podiatry Care: Keeping Your Feet Happy

Up until four months ago, I suffered from chronic foot and ankle pain. No matter what I did to ease my pain, my feet and ankles continued to hurt. Finally, I asked my primary doctor for a referral to a podiatrist. Although I love my primary doctor, they simply couldn't treat my foot and ankle pain successfully. I needed to see someone who could. My podiatrist examined my condition and determined that I had poor blood circulation and swelling in my feet and ankles. My podiatrist prescribed special cushions to wear in my shoes to help my blood circulate better and a change in my diet to reduce the fluids in my body. Now, my feet and ankles feel wonderful. If you have pain in your feet, ankles or legs, read my blog about podiatry care, treatments and much more. Thanks for reading.

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Custom Foot Orthotics: What Conditions Do They Treat?

Painful feet prevent you from participating in your normal daily activities as well as fun. One method of helping those with painful feet are the use of custom orthotics.

While most people know orthotics are available, they may not realize how effective the orthotics are in easing foot pain. If you're thinking about trying custom foot orthotics, here is some information to help you make a decision.

What Conditions Do Orthotics Help Treat?

Orthotics treat a number of conditions. The prescription orthotics fit inside a patient's shoes to correct foot issues that affect how a person walks, stands and runs.

The orthotic inserts also ease pain caused by certain medical conditions, such as

  • Diabetes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs
  • Hammer toes
  • Flat feet
  • High arches

Custom orthotics provide help with foot and ankle function and help reduce the risk of injuries.

What Are Other Uses For Orthotics?

Orthotics help ease pain from foot injuries and other problems. For people who work on their feet all day, orthotics help ease the pain from their job.

Custom foot orthotics also help with other issues related to the feet and legs. They are helpful after a person has had back, knee, and hip surgery.

Overweight people also find orthotics benefit them. Wearing orthotics helps counteract the extra stress placed on the feet by their extra weight. This is because minor foot issues are often made worse by excessive weight.

Athletes also benefit from wearing foot orthotics. Even a slight imbalance in the foot can lead to injuries and pain. Custom orthotics help by reducing the need for muscles to compensate for imbalances. This not only helps reduce injuries but can improve performance.

What Are The Different Types of Foot Orthotics?

Podiatrists prescribe custom foot orthotics based on the patient's pain or medical issue. The doctor watches the way the patient moves, takes x-rays, and considers the types of activities the patient participates in daily.

Different types of orthotics include those that change how the foot functions, as well as those that reduce pain and/or discomfort. Some orthotics offer both combined foot function issues with reducing pain.

Soft Orthotics:  Helps absorb shock and take pressure off of sore spots. They can also improve balance, and are often used for those with arthritic feet.

Rigid Orthotics: Helps to control foot function and provide pain relief in the legs and lower back due to abnormal foot function.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Help athletes with balance and performance. They help performance by allowing the tendons and muscles to function properly.

If you're having issues with the foot, back or knee pain, talk to your doctor about custom orthotics. The pain may originate from foot function issues, and orthotics can help.