Posts for tag: Orthotics
Clean Feet Daily
It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.
Keep Feet Moisturized
You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.
Trim Nails Properly
If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.
Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
What are orthotics?
These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.
Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.
Do I need orthotics?
Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
- Leg, hip, or back pain
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.
Types of Orthotics
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.
Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.
If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
Dr. Alan Discont of Chandler, AZ, understands the wear and tear of daily activities on feet, let alone foot pain when someone is suffering from an injury or has some sort of a deformity. The solution is simple though: orthotics. They are a simple way to treat pain and to deal with foot deformities and medical issues like arthritis.
Orthotics are custom-made prescription medical devices placed inside shoes to correct bio-mechanical foot issues, reduce pain, and help with other medical conditions like bursitis and flat feet.
Note that there are over-the-counter foot devices, but custom-made inserts and orthotics are best.
What can orthotics do for you?
In addition to correcting bio-mechanical foot issues and reducing pain, orthotics also:
- correct foot deformities
- help the foot or ankle function better
- provide support at the ankle
- reduce further injuries
Orthotics can also help treat many conditions or at least ease a person's discomfort. Here are a few illnesses it can help with:
- Back pain
- Flat feet
- Hammer toes
- Heel spurs
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
What are some steps to getting proper orthotics?
Your Chandler, AZ, podiatrist needs to first examine feet. Dr. Disont does this by taking 3D images of each foot and inspect anatomical foot features by watching you walk. He'll note how feet, ankles, legs, and hips move while you're walking to determine if there are any observable problems.
Then he'll make a precise mold of your feet so a custom orthotics device can be made.
What types of orthotics exist?
Rigid orthotics or functional orthotics: This orthotic device is made of plastic or carbon fiber, which is more suitable for walking or dress shoes (shoes with closed toes and low heels). Their main function is to ease foot aches and strains in legs, thighs, and the lower back.
Soft orthotics or accommodative orthotics: This orthotic device is made of soft compression materials that cushion feet to relieve pressure off sore spots caused by certain foot diseases like foot ulcers. Soft orthotics are bulky and often require special shoes to accommodate them, so be sure to speak with your podiatrist about that.
If you have any questions about orthotics and if they're a good choice for you, then speak with your Chandler, AZ, podiatrist, Dr. Alan Discont, today!
How do you know when the changes you have made to your daily routine are actually helping or hindering your feet from healing? It can be difficult to know when the hard work and effort you put into your feet and ankles are actually paying off. By far, the best way to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward is by consistently checking in with your foot doctor. If you haven’t seen a podiatrist in a long time, our doctors - Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews - are excited to see you. Here are some ways you can help your foot pain, as well as ways you might still be hindering it!
Stretching daily - getting your daily stretches in can help you go far when it comes to foot pain. Keeping your bones and joints lubricated and moving is key if you want to preserve your foot and ankle health for years to come.
Taking note of when and where it hurts - for those nagging pains that only come around once in a while, or for a type of discomfort that happens only at a certain time of the day, take note! Be mindful of noting which shoes you’re wearing, what activities you recently performed, as well as the location and severity of the pain or discomfort.
Wearing orthotics regularly - were you recently prescribed orthotics by your foot doctor? We know it can sometimes be a chore to remember to switch your orthotics out every time you change shoes, but trust us - it’s worth it! Many patients report even one day without their orthotics can wreak havoc on their feet.
We hope that this comprehensive list of helping or hindering tips will aid you in continuing to offer your feet and ankle the best care! Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona!
Have you ever wondered why some people have big toes that point inward towards their other toes, or have a big, red, bulbous appearance at the base of their big toe? Chances are you were looking at a pretty advanced cased of bunions! You can tell a bunion is very far along in its development when the base of the big toe bone looks red, inflamed, and is abnormally large. This is the product of a bone deformity called a bunion. The area where your big toe bone meets the other parts of your foot bones forms a bony growth that pushes the big toe inward. The deformity leading to a bunion is typically caused by the toe bone being forced to grow in an abnormal direction.
This can be due to shoes with poor support, shoes that are too small for your feet, and can sometimes even happen simply because of your genetic makeup! Of all the things to inherit, a bunion isn’t the most enjoyable. Bunions can range from barely noticeable to being a very uncomfortable and even painful experience. Here are some tips and tricks from all of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care to help you avoid developing bunions:
Ask your family - it never hurts to simply ask your family what their experience has been with bunions. Did they ever get it treated? When did it start developing?
Get fitted shoes - this is by far one of the most important tips! You can potentially avoid bunions altogether by simply finding supportive shoes that truly fit your feet. Don’t settle for flimsy alternatives!
Talk to your foot doctor about orthotics - even if you don't have bunions, orthotics are a great way to help avoid developing them. Orthotics may even help with any other foot issues you have!
If you already have bunions, some of these tips may still help you. Wearing tight shoes will only make your bunion worse and cause you pain! If you notice an increase in pain or discomfort that doesn't go away, be sure to call Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at 408-732-0033. Schedule an appointment today at our location in Chandler, Arizona.