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Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.
When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.
A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Types of Custom Orthotics
There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.
Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.
Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.
In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.
Bunions aren't always due to poor shoes. They are also hereditary. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, the podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, can offer you some advice.
More on Bunions
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be forming a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation. The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, and corns and calluses
Here are some things bunions can have an effect on:
- Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and eventually pain.
- If the bunion moves towards the second toe and starts to rotate, this is called Hallus Abducto Valgus.
- The enlargement moves the toe at an angle where it starts bending in towards the rest of the toes.
- The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
Dealing with Bunions
- Make sure to wear shoes that have extra padding. The felt material in the padding creates a protective cushion that reduces friction. This will help reduce the amount of friction and inflammation to your skin.
- To improve and maintain healthy joint mobility and reduce stiffness, your podiatrist may prescribe exercises.
- Removing corns and calluses, if they've formed any, can help alleviate some of the issues experienced due to bunions.
- Your Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA. podiatrist may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position.
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA.
A little pain is common after an ankle injury, but when your ankle doesn't seem to be getting better, it's time to visit your podiatrist. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists explain the signs and symptoms that can indicate that you have a serious ankle injury.
Warning signs and symptoms
Ice packs and rest can help decrease pain and swelling when you have an ankle injury. Often, after you rest your ankle for a few days, it will start to feel better. Unfortunately, in some cases, pain doesn't decrease or becomes worse. If you're not sure if you should see your podiatrist, it's always a good idea to call our office and ask if your symptoms warrant a visit. Because ignoring symptoms can lead to long-term damage, prompt treatment is important.
Signs and symptoms that occur after a serious ankle injury include:
- Severe pain
- Numbness or loss of feeling in your ankle or foot
- Pain that lasts more than a week or two
- Pain that doesn't improve after taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Red streaks on your ankle
- Swelling that isn't relieved by ice and over-the-counter painkillers
- An obvious deformity or the appearance that a bone is dislocated
- Change in skin color
- Difficulty walking or putting any weight on your leg
How can your podiatrist help you?
When you visit your podiatrist, they'll perform a complete examination, ask you a series of questions about how the accident occurred and order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are useful in diagnosing a variety of ankle injuries, including fractures, sprains, tendon dislocation and osteochondritis, a lesion that can form when the ankle is twisted.
Depending on the cause of your injury, your doctor may recommend that you use crutches or wear casts, braces or compression bandages while your ankle heals. Although most sprains and fractures get better without surgery, it may be needed if the injury is severe.
Are you concerned about a foot condition or ankle injury? Contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA by calling (540) 720-0700 and (703) 491-9500 to schedule an appointment. Protect your feet with podiatric care!
From your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists, learn about flat feet and how they could affect you.
Flat feet don't just affect your feet but can also cause pain in your knees, ankles and hips. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--Dr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--explain how to tell if you have flat feet and what you can do to treat the problem.
Take the wet test
The wet test offers a simple way to tell if you have flat feet and involves just three steps:
- Immerse your feet in a container of water.
- Step on a brown paper bag, sidewalk or other surface that will allow you to clearly see the imprint of your feet.
- Take a close look at the imprint. The inner portion of your foot between your toes and heel will appear very narrow on the imprint if you have a normal arch. If that area is completely filled in or almost completely filled in, you have flat feet.
Why are flat feet a problem?
When your feet are flat, tendons and ligaments in your feet become weak, which causes pain in your feet, especially in your arch or heel. Pain may also be felt in your leg muscles. Because flat feet can change the alignment of your leg, pain can eventually occur in your ankles, knees or hips, and your posture may even be affected. Pain may not be obvious when you are sitting or lying down, but tends to get worse when you are active.
Why do I have flat feet?
Some people are born with flat feet but others develop the condition after an injury. Other possible causes include:
- Wear and tear due to aging
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Torn or stretched tendons
- Broken bones
- Posterior tibial tendon damage
How can my foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain. Custom-made orthotics are worn in your shoes and raise your arch, which helps keep your leg aligned. Stretching exercises may be recommended if your condition is caused by an Achilles tendon that is too short. Physical therapy may also be recommended.
Are you tired of dealing pain from flat feet? Call your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--Dr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--at (703) 491-9500 for Lake Ridge and (540) 720-0700 for Stafford and find out how podiatric treatment can help you.