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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Orthotics, specialized shoe inserts designed to support and align the foot and ankle, are crafted by a myriad of companies worldwide. However, amidst this diversity, podiatrists stand out as experts in the field. These healthcare professionals possess extensive knowledge of foot anatomy, biomechanics, and gait analysis, enabling them to tailor orthotic solutions to individual needs effectively. Unlike mass-produced inserts, podiatrists meticulously assess each patient's unique requirements, accounting for factors like foot structure, medical history, and lifestyle. This personalized approach ensures optimal fit and function, addressing a wide range of conditions, from plantar fasciitis to diabetic foot complications. Podiatrists employ a variety of techniques and materials, including foam impressions, computerized scans, and custom molds to create orthotics that provide maximum comfort and support. Furthermore, they offer ongoing care and adjustments, ensuring patients experience lasting relief and improved mobility. If you experience foot or ankle discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether custom-made orthotics can help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. It affects approximately 20 to 30 percent of the population and can occur in both children and adults. Flat feet may develop due to specific factors, including genetics, weak foot muscles, injury, or certain medical conditions. People at higher risk include those with family history, obesity, diabetes, or who stand for long periods of time. There are different types of flat feet. Flexible flat feet are where the arches only flatten when weight is applied. Tight Achilles tendon limits foot movement. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is when the tendon supporting the arch becomes weakened. Treatment by a podiatrist aims to relieve painful symptoms and improve foot function. This may involve custom orthotic devices, stretching exercises, supportive footwear, or in severe cases, surgery to reconstruct the arch. If you have problematic flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper management and relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

A heel spur is an abnormal growth of bone on the bottom or back of the heel bone, or calcaneus. Heel spurs often result from excessive pulling by tendons and ligaments. Athletes and non-athletes alike may develop heel spurs, experiencing pain during activities like walking or running. Treatment options for heel spurs typically focus on pain reduction, including oral medications, corticosteroid injections, padding, and custom shoe orthotics. Non-surgical remedies, consisting of shock wave therapy and radiotherapy, have been shown to help relieve pain and improve foot function for individuals with heel spurs. Surgery may be recommended in severe cases where other treatments have been unsuccessful. While pain from heel spurs can diminish over time without treatment, it is important to seek professional advice for persistent heel pain. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment options for relieving heel spur-related pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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