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By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
October 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   Orthotics  

Even minor foot alignment problems can lead to pain in your feet, ankles, legs and back. Luckily, orthotics may provide a simple solution.Orthotics Podiatrists, Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia, offer the prescription shoe inserts at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA.

How do orthotics work?

An arch issue, imbalance, or another foot or ankle problem can throw off the alignment of your entire body. In fact, back, knee, and hip pain can often be traced to a problem with your feet. Orthotics re-position your foot when you wear shoes, temporarily correcting common problems. The removable shoe inserts also offer support and cushioning.

Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore insoles, orthotics are specially designed for you by your Fairfax foot doctor and are much more durable than over-the-counter inserts.

What conditions do orthotics help?

Orthotics are helpful for many foot and ankle conditions. If you overpronate (turn your feet in when you walk), have flat feet, frequently experience pain your back or legs, or have an abnormal gait or different leg lengths, your podiatrist may recommend rigid orthotics. The inserts are made of stiff carbon or plastic and support your entire foot.

Semi-rigid orthotics are an excellent choice if foot or ankle pain prevents you from running or walking for exercise as often as you would like. Although the inner core of these orthotics is rigid, they're covered with a softer outer layer. Semi-rigid orthotics control foot movement, improve balance and reduce pressure on muscles and tendons.

Soft orthotics not only cushion your feet but also act as shock absorbers. They can be very helpful if your feet always seem to be sore, you have arthritis in your feet, or you have diabetes and want to avoid blisters.

Heel cups are short orthotics that fit in the heel area of your shoe. They can reduce pain caused by thinning of the fat pad under your heel as you grow older and can also make wearing shoes more comfortable if you have plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis or heel spurs.

Ease your pain with orthotics! Call your Fairfax, VA, podiatrists Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia at (703) 352-8888 to schedule an appointment.

By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
September 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   Custom Orthotics  

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.

By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
September 28, 2016
Category: Foot Issues

Find out how shockwave therapy could eliminate your chronic foot pain.

From physical activities to intramural sports to just walking on uneven surfaces, our feet take a lot of abuse. Over time this abuse and shockwave therapyoverexertion can lead to foot pain. While a lot of foot pain can be treated through resting and taking over-the-counter medications, there are some cases in which foot pain becomes chronic. If you are dealing with severe or chronic foot pain that isn’t responding to at-home treatments then it’s time you talked to our Fairfax, VA podiatrist Dr. Steven Vetter about the benefits of shockwave therapy.

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy?

This noninvasive treatment directs high-energy waves to certain areas of the body where there are musculoskeletal issues. The purpose behind these shockwaves is that they promote faster and more efficient healing by improving blood flow to the area and triggering the body's natural healing process.

What issues can it address?

Shockwave therapy is a great option for patients dealing with inflammatory conditions like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis that also cause foot pain and discomfort. It’s also great for those with tendon issues or chronic degenerative disorders of the foot. If you have been dealing with foot pain that hasn’t gone away with conventional at-home care then shockwave therapy may be the next best option.

Who isn’t right for shockwave therapy?

Those with neuropathy, poor circulation, open wounds, as well as patients who have heart problems, seizure disorders or are pregnant will want to talk to their Fairfax, VA foot doctor first, as this treatment may not be appropriate.

What does this therapy entail?

This treatment is performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure. Much like an ultrasound, a gel is applied to the area and then a handheld device is placed on the skin to send pressure waves to the inflamed or damaged tissue. If high-energy waves are administered then this procedure is performed under local anesthesia, but often times this therapy is performed with low-energy waves so that anesthesia isn’t needed. This way, patients are able to tell us the exact location of the pain for more accurate pain-relieving results.

If you are suffering from foot pain and looking for relief in Fairfax, VA turn to our very own Dr. Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center. Find out if shockwave therapy is the right treatment for you.

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Oakton Foot & Ankle Center, PLLC

Fairfax, VA Podiatrist
Oakton Foot and Ankle Center
10721 Main St., Suite #3500
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-8888
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