Posts for category: Foot Care
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
How Custom Orthotics Can Improve Your Life
Many of us experience foot pain after long hours of standing at work or pounding the pavement during a daily run. You may have tried soaking or massaging your aching feet, or even purchased drugstore insoles or pads for your shoes. But if your feet are causing you constant discomfort, custom orthotics could be the key to lasting relief.
Dr. Steven Vetter and Dr. Jugal Dharia of Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax can fit you with custom orthotics so you can stand and stroll in comfort.
What foot conditions can benefit from orthotics?
If you have one or more of the following, orthotics can help:
- foot or toe deformities
- plantar fasciitis
- shin splints
- back pain
- hammer toes
- flat feet
- high arches
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are insoles for your shoes that help keep your foot properly aligned. At our Fairfax office, your podiatrist will help you customize your insoles by selecting specific materials that accommodate your needs. Your orthotics will be sized to fit the shoes you wear on a daily basis, whether your work loafers or your athletic sneakers. By providing support and cushioning, your orthotics will help you participated in physical activities with less risk of injury while alleviating discomfort.
Why are custom orthotics a good investment?
If you have tried drugstore shoe inserts, you've likely found them to be flimsy, quick to wear out and poorly fitted to your shoes. The custom orthotics from our Fairfax office are crafted to last, made durably and designed to target the exact areas of your foot that experience pain when walking or standing.
With comfortable, quality orthotics, you can get through your work day and your exercise routine in comfort.
Call Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, today at (703) 352-8888 to learn more about custom orthotics.