Posts for: March, 2021
How orthotics from your podiatrists in Fairfax, VA, can help your feet.
You may not be thinking about how much orthotics can help your feet, but the fact is, orthotics can help decrease the stress on your feet and body because your gait affects more than just the feet. Dr. Steven Vetter and Dr. Jugal Dharia at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, offer comprehensive foot care services, including a wide selection of orthotics to help your feet.
When your feet hurt, it may be tempting to purchase a pair of generic orthotics from your grocery store. These can be helpful for some people, but if you have chronic foot pain, you and your feet deserve custom orthotics, made just for you by your podiatrist.
These are the most common types of orthotics to help you and your feet:
Rigid orthotics, which are created from hard plastic materials are a perfect choice to provide support to your feet, legs, and lower back. They are also a great choice to relieve joint and tendon stress and strain.
Semi-rigid, which are created from both soft and rigid materials are an excellent option for people who play sports that cause a lot of foot stress. Runners, joggers, and hikers can benefit from these orthotics.
Soft orthotics, which are created completely from soft materials provide superb cushioning for feet that have been compromised from arthritis, diabetes, or bone problems. They can do a lot to help with foot pain.
Orthotics can help your feet feel better. To find out more about types of orthotics and how they can help you, call Dr. Vetter or Dr. Dharia at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA. You can reach them at (703) 352-8888, so call today to schedule an appointment!
What causes flat feet?
Sometimes flat feet are simply inherited (thanks mom and dad!). Other times they develop as a result of a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon due to age-related wear and tear, physical activity, and overpronation. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop flat feet.
Should I be concerned about my child’s flat feet?
The arches of the feet develop during childhood, so it’s not normal for your baby or toddler to have arches. Their flat feet are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Arches typically won’t form until your child is two or three years old, and some children won’t develop arches until the age of five.
What are some ways to treat flat feet?
If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then there is no reason to seek treatment for your flat feet; however, if you are dealing with foot pain, particularly around the heel or arches of the foot, then you should talk with your podiatrist about ways to ease your pain and prevent further flare-ups. Some conservative ways to treat flat feet include,
- Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide ample cushioning and support for the entire foot, particularly the arches and heel
- Consider getting prescription orthotics from your podiatrist, which can evenly distribute the weight throughout the foot rather than putting added pressure on the arches or heel
- Losing weight, if the patient is overweight or obese
- Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling
- Talking to your podiatrist about special exercises that you can do to improve the strength and function of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the foot to reduce pain
- Weighing the pros and cons of surgical intervention
- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch