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By Crofton Podiatry
January 08, 2020
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics   shoe fit  

Let’s make a New Year’s resolution together: find a pair of shoes that are foot-friendly and will accommodate a pair of orthotic insoles inside them. Sound good? Depending on what sort of foot and ankle issues you’ve dealt with throughout your life, this might sound easier said than done.

Wearing footwear that fits appropriately is more important than you might think, however. It could mean the difference between a slight strain and a full-blown injury, especially during this winter season. In addition to this, properly fitting shoes can help reduce the likelihood of developing different foot and ankle related issues - like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, and so on.

We’ve compiled three of the best things to keep in mind when looking for your next pair of shoes that will blow the old pair out of the water (or closet):

  1. Researching shoes before you buy them is a great way to prepare ahead of time, but don’t buy blind!  It’s easy to just click a few times on your browser but waiting all that time for them to be delivered only to find out that they don’t fit your feet will be a huge bummer.
  2. Know what you need! Just as important as researching your ideal shoe before purchasing is knowing exactly what you want and need out of your shoes.
  3. What problems are you faced with when it comes to your feet and ankles? If you have a history of ankle sprains, are the prospective shoes going to be supportive of your ankle stability?

If you keep these three things in mind while looking into your next pair of shoes, you’ll be golden! Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Brad Toll, DPM at Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505 if you have any further questions about finding the right fit. We proudly serve patients in Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton and Bowie MD. 

By Crofton Podiatry
September 11, 2019
Category: Orthotics

While many of us can use our shoes and other footwear without support, some need a little extra.  Usually, this calls for something called an orthotic. Known generically as a shoe insert, an orthotic is more specialized and treats specific conditions that an ordinary store-bought item will not.

Conditions orthotics treat include:

  • High arches – supports foot arch to keep from overstretching and/or collapsing
  • Flat feet – strengthens the area, supports the foot, and helps with gait
  • Diabetes – can reduce foot stress to avoid foot ulcers, blisters
  • Plantar fasciitis – support area of the heel usually with cushioning
  • Bursitis – sensitive area of the foot can also be treated with cushioning
  • Arthritis – Usually a flexible orthotic will work best as it has more cushioning
  • Corrects balance and walking issues – help with proper foot placement and gait
  • Bunions – allows for a wider toe area relieving bunion irritation

Other conditions orthotics can treat include hammertoes, heel spurs, injuries to the foot and back pain.

There are two basic types of orthotics. They are:

  • Flexible – Made of a softer material to offer cushioning
  • Rigid – Made of a more solid and stronger material such as carbon fiber or plastic. Offers more support

Depending on the type of condition you are suffering from, an orthotic may only be part of the treatment. The best way to determine what works best is to see your podiatrist. They are professionally trained to diagnose and recognize issues that may or may not require an orthotic.

Your first step to treat many of the conditions above may be to use a store-bought shoe insert but if this doesn’t work, a custom made orthotic may be needed. One issue many people ignore is making sure they have properly fitting shoes before moving to an orthotic. Make sure your footwear fits first. Proper fitting footwear is always important for good foot health.

It cannot be said enough.  Pain in your feet – is not normal and shouldn’t be tolerated.  Far too many people are living life waking up to pain in the feet each morning, and as they go to bed at night, keeping them from enjoying the activities they love.  So this week, let’s talk orthotics. Recently, celebs such as Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Bilson, and Miranda Lambert, have come out in support of orthotics, saying that they love the relief they feel while wearing them.  While there may be a lucky few who don’t have to worry about pain on the bottom of their feet after walking or standing for long periods of time, the most of us know all too well just how debilitating this pain can be! 

But doc, why does it have to hurt so much!?

While the natural arches in our feet are essential for the way we walk, this anatomical architecture takes an incredible amount of muscle and soft tissue fascia to maintain.  Overtime – as we continue to use these muscles without adequate support, they stretch out under our weight, and develop what we call ‘micro tears’. These tears are what cause so many of us pain, and can lead to the diagnosis we all fear… ‘Plantar fasciitis’! 

So what can we do to stop the pain?

Orthotics.  While they come in many different shapes, colors, heights, materials, and varieties, these have been the mainline treatment for protecting your body’s natural foot hierarchy for decades.  Unfortunately, I have patients coming into my office in Crofton, Maryland who’ve already tried store bought arch supports advertised on TV, and quote, “they didn’t seem to help”.  As I tell all of my patients, these devices at the store are made to fit just about everybody, and as a result, are very limited in how much support they offer each individual.  All of our arches are unique, and while most feet may not be as beautiful as a snowflake, they are absolutely different in the height, angle, and length of support they may need. 

This is exactly why if considering arch supports and the possibility of orthotics, it is important that you speak to a professional. The interventions you are considering by adding arch supports will change the way your body walks, all the way from your ankles, to your knees, hips, and into your back. At Crofton Podiatry, we can give you a full workup – analyzing your full anatomical needs in both stance and in motion to get you the supports you need to finally address your pesky arch pain!

By Brad Toll.




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