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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.

By Crofton Podiatry
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain   heel spurs  

You take your first steps out of bed in the morning and your heel hurts. What’s going on? The pain on the bottom of your foot, from the arch to the heel is called plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome. The pain occurs when there is inflammation of the plantar fascia - connective tissue stretching from the toes to the arch, and attached to the heel bone.

Those who have plantar fasciitis usually suffer from pain after exercise and long periods of sitting or sleeping. If left untreated, you may experience severe pain on the heels. The injury of the plantar fascia is due to overuse of the tissue. Many times, the culprit is overpronation, which makes the foot flat. When the foot is flattened and force is put on it, the arch stretches and increases tension on the tissue. Other risk factors include being overweight, and standing for long periods of time. Walking or running long distances for exercise can also cause the problem.

Treatment

There are many treatments available, depending on the severity of your pain. If you experience pain, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Some common treatments to relieve symptoms:

  • Rest – Keep weight off the foot and elevate when possible to prevent further pain.

  • Ice packs – With mild pain, you can do ice treatments for 15-20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications – NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

  • Orthotic devices – Shoes with padded soles or rubber heel inserts may help with pain and increase stability.

  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can help to speed up healing and strengthen to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) – Shockwaves are sent to stimulate healing and possibly to reduce sensitivity and pain.

  • Surgery – This is usually a last resort for those suffering chronic and long-lasting pain.

If you have been suffering from plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients with the latest technology.

 




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