Posts for: November, 2015
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Could custom orthotics greatly improve the health of your feet?
Dealing with sensitive, painful or sore feet? Did you know that your New York City podiatrist could have the answers you’ve been looking for to reduce your symptoms? Find out if your feet could find the comfort they need from custom orthotics.
What is the purpose of custom orthotics?
Sure you could buy those over-the-counter shoe inserts at your local drugstore, but as your New York City podiatrist might tell you, this one-size-fits-most approach to foot care isn’t as beneficial as it may seem and could even be harmful for certain foot conditions.
While custom orthotics will cost more, many patients find that just being able to move around more comfortably is well worth it. These shoe inserts are made to fit only your feet and to handle any foot problems you may have or correct any misalignments or abnormalities.
Orthotics can be used to make standing, walking or running easier and more comfortable for your feet. They are used as shock absorbers, to help with balance and to place even amounts of pressure on the feet to reduce the chances of sore spots. Orthotics can even improve flexibility and range-of-motion while reducing common symptoms of foot problems like arthritis.
What are the different kinds of custom orthotics?
When you start shopping around for orthotics in NYC, it may seem rather daunting. Orthotics can be made from a variety of different materials:
Soft orthotics: Usually made from silicone or foam, these customized shoe inserts are particularly helpful for those with foot deformities and arthritis. These orthotics offer more cushioning for the foot to reduce the chance of sore spots.
Semi-rigid orthotics: Soft materials like foam are now reinforced with a more durable material such as leather, rubber or plastic. This is usually the best type of orthotic for athletes.
Rigid orthotics: Typically made from plastic or carbon fiber, these orthotics are most helpful for controlling foot function. They are most often placed in walking or dress shoes. If you experience pain or strains in knees or legs, this could be due to poor foot function. Rigid orthotics can help to correct this imbalance and reduce strain.
Are custom orthotics only meant for athletes or those with active lifestyles?
Even though patients who are physically active will have special needs when it comes to foot care, so do all of our patients. If you are experiencing any kind of imbalance in your feet then orthotics can help. Orthotics can help those with:
- Frequently sprained ankles
- Crooked toes
- Chronic foot, knee, or lower back pain
- Overpronated feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Foot deformities
Want to find out if your NYC foot podiatrist could improve your foot health through custom orthotics? Then call our office to schedule your next visit.
Practice Routine Foot Care
- Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask your podiatrist for suggestions) applied to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection.
- Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove calluses and dead skin.
- Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
- To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays.