Orthotics Can Prevent Painful Podiatric Conditions

By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
September 16, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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 Brandi Schlossberg believes ankle and foot orthotics can benefit many people suffering from foot and ankle problems. She believes that AFOs (ankle foot orthotics) can treat painful podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics can treat plantar fasciitis by reducing any pressure being placed on the heel. Additionally, orthotics can spread any shock absorbed by the foot, easing any pain.  

Aside from plantar fasciitis, orthotics can also improve the foot’s biomechanics of the feet. Of course, having good or improved biomechanics can prevent or reduce the likelihood of conditions such as plantar fasciitis in the first place. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises consulting with a physician first before investing in foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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