Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Foot Orthotics, Running Injuries |

Although shin splints can happen at any time of the year, they tend to spring up more often when people begin returning to the tennis courts and running tracks. The reason behind the increase is easy to understand. As people try to get back into the swing of their favorite sports, they inadvertently put undue pressure on their tibias, tendons and muscles. That added pressure sparks inflammation, mild soreness and eventually severe pain that may interfere with their exercise routines or daily ambulation. Thankfully, wearing foot orthotics and taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications frequently helps them feel better quicker. First, podiatrists must identify whether the person’s pain is emanating from the medial, lateral or anterior area of the shin. Then, it is common to watch the patient walk and determine if there is excessive pronation, forefoot valgus, supination or other biomechanical problems that may be contributing to the person’s shin splints. Afterward, custom foot orthotics may be ordered and designed to suit the patient’s needs. Ideally, whichever foot orthotics are prescribed, they’ll correct the biomechanical issue, thereby reducing stress on the lower leg during routine ambulation or running. So which foot orthotic devices are used to help ease the pain of shin splints? As you can guess, it will depend on the person’s foot and the contributing biomechanical problem at hand. Sometimes supportive, foam inserts with cut-away areas may help relieve the pressure. In other situations, it may be wise to include a supportive wrap or bandage that helps to hold the foot, ankle and lower leg into the proper position for running or walking. Understandably, the cost and amount of time it generally takes to make custom foot orthotics for people suffering from shin splints varies as well. To learn more about treating seasonal shin splints with customized foot orthotics, please contact one of our knowledgeable podiatrists today. Image courtesy of Stockimages/...

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Why Choose Custom Foot Orthotics

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care, Foot Orthotics |

Have you been contemplating the purchase of over-the-counter shoe inserts? If so, stop a moment and compare your feet with that of a loved one. There is a 99.9% likelihood that beyond having 10 digits, your feet will vary greatly from one another. That is not only perfectly normal; it’s the chief reason why you shouldn’t act on your original intentions. Instead, you should contact our Largo podiatry office and choose custom foot orthotics. Here’s a quick peek at the top advantage you’ll gain by doing so: As we progress through life, our age and health have a significant impact on our feet. For example, it is not uncommon for the padding on our feet to thin or harden into calluses. We may also develop plantar fasciitis or lose range of motion in our joints. Sometimes, those changes may even indicate the existence of a health problem that we may have not been previously aware of. A good example of this is claw toe, which is sometimes caused by uncontrolled diabetes. By visiting your Largo podiatrists and having a custom foot orthotics fitting, you’ll have an opportunity to learn what your feet reveal about your health. Furthermore, your Largo foot doctor may be able to work with your primary care physician to address any health problems that show up during your podiatry visit. Take our previous example of diabetes related claw toe for instance. Dr. Monast can create a custom foot orthotic to prevent exasperation of the condition as well as periodically monitor your feet for signs of diabetic neuropathy. They can then share their findings with your primary care physician. Your physician could then use the podiatrist’s findings to change your diet, medications and testing schedule. You obviously wouldn’t get that type of comprehensive care by merely buying shoe inserts at the local drug store. Understandably, there are many other advantages to be gained by obtaining custom foot orthotics. To learn more about those advantages, please contact your local Largo podiatrists today and arrange for an initial...

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