Posts for: December, 2020
Foot orthotics are inserts placed in the shoe to provide additional cushioning, stability, and support, as well as correct irregular step patterns. By improving stability, alignment, and balance, foot orthotics can alleviate pain in the feet, legs, and lower back. One of the skilled podiatrists at Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York City can have orthotics custom made for you.
How Foot Orthotics Help
Foot orthotics, also called orthoses, help in several ways. One way they help is by correcting abnormal or irregular step patterns. When the feet and ankles are not aligned correctly when walking, pain can develop in the heels, feet, legs, and knees, as well as the hips and lower back. Orthotics help position the feet and ankles to be in better alignment with one another.
Some foot orthotics also provide increased arch support, which can improve stability, and more cushioning. Orthotics can benefit individuals experiencing a wide range of issues, including arch or heel pain, localized foot pain, and knee or leg pain. Hip pain, back pain, and some types of neck pain can also be improved with the right foot orthotics. Additionally, bunions, hammertoes, and related foot conditions can be treated with orthotics, as well.
Some of the many ways foot orthotics help include:
- Better arch support
- Additional cushioning
- Improved stability and balance
- Relief from pain and discomfort
- Reduced strain on the feet and ankles
- Improved alignment in the feet and lower extremities
Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom orthotics deliver the best results since they are tailored to your unique foot structure. A podiatrist can fit you for the right type of custom foot orthotics. Several types of orthotics are available at our practice in New York City, including rigid, semi-rigid, and soft orthotics. We also offer custom ankle-foot orthotics for patients dealing with chronic ankle instability, arthritis in the ankles, and other ankle or heel-related problems.
One of our experienced podiatrists can recommend a particular type of orthotic to address your specific foot or ankle issues. Rigid foot orthotics address irregular step patterns by correcting foot positioning when walking. Semi-rigid orthotics are beneficial to individuals with flat feet who need more arch support. Soft orthotics provide cushioning and support and are a great choice for patients with foot or ankle arthritis.
There are many reasons why you should try foot orthotics. One of the biggest reasons is to experience relief from pain in the feet, heels, ankles, legs, hips, or lower back. Schedule a consultation with one of our skilled podiatrists to discuss your options for custom foot orthotics by calling Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York City at (212) 628-4444.
How bunion surgery from your podiatrists in New York City can help your feet
Bunions can hurt, and they can keep you from enjoying your daily activities. Fortunately, your foot doctor can help you and your feet feel better. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City offer comprehensive foot care services, including bunion surgery to heal your feet.
Bunions affect women more than men because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, crushing their toes. The big toe joint is forced outward and begins to rub against the inside of a shoe, irritating. The irritation turns into inflammation, and eventually, bone deformation, causing a bunion. In addition to wearing narrow shoes, a genetic bone deformity can also cause a bunion.
When a bunion forms, it looks like a hard, bony bump on the side of your big toe. Your podiatrist will take x-rays of your big toe, to determine the level of bone involvement, which will determine what type of bunion treatment you need.
For large bunions with bone involvement, surgery may be indicated to remove the bunion and realign your toe.
For smaller, less painful bunions, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Shaving the corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Stretching and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
- Custom-made orthotics or footwear to help maintain proper foot alignment
You can do a lot to prevent bunion formation by wearing supportive shoes with a lot of room for your toes.
You can also:
- Place ice on your bunion several times during the day
- Wear inserts or padding inside your shoes
- Tape the bunion and your foot to provide support
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to decrease pain and swelling
Bunions can dramatically change your lifestyle, keeping you from doing the activities you enjoy. Your podiatrist wants to help you and your feet enjoy good health, free from bunion pain. To find out more about bunion surgery and other foot care services, call the podiatrists of Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City at (212) 628-4444. Call today and help your feet!