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Different types of orthotics offer varying levels of support and relief for foot discomfort. Understanding the distinctions between rigid and soft orthotics can help you determine which type is best suited for your needs. Orthotics' stiffness depends on the materials used, such as flexible foam or solid hard plastic. While rigid orthotics provide enhanced stability and support, they may require a break-in period and are commonly made of hard plastic. They are ideal for conditions like plantar fasciitis or flat feet that require arch support. On the other hand, soft orthotics, typically composed of EVA, a soft elastic type of plastic, excel at relieving pressure on sensitive areas of the feet. Recommended for individuals engaged in high-impact sports, soft orthotics adapt to problem areas, cushion the feet, and provide arch support. If you experience foot discomfort, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for an assessment that can help determine if orthotics are right for you and which type may offer the most benefits.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Suncoast Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.
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.
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 Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
People who participate in running or jogging may experience pain in their big toe. The main joint in the big toe can be prone to undergoing substantial forces while running. It is known as the MTP, or metatarsophalangeal, joint. As the body shifts between the heel and toes while running, the weight can shift to the big toe, which is used as a lever for pushing off. The sesamoid bones are located under the MTP joints, and are as small as sesame seeds. They are prone to injury when they are overworked, and the pain can radiate to the big toe. Additionally, having arthritis in the MTP joint may lead to toe pain, and the affected area may feel stiff. This is known to become worse with age, and mild relief may be felt when the correct shoes are worn. If you have pain in your big toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you additional relief options.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Suncoast Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Causes Toe Pain?
Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.
Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
When to See a Podiatrist
- Severe pain
- Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
- Signs of infection
- Continued swelling
- Pain that prevents walking
In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
A bunion is a progressive bone disorder and is considered to be a deformity. It is defined as a bony lump that develops on the side of the big toe and may change the structure of the foot. Severe bunions may cause the other toes to shift toward each other, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. A common reason why people get bunions can be from the shoes that are worn. If the shoe does not have adequate room for toes to move freely in, they may gradually become cramped, and a small bump may be noticeable. Bunions may also happen from genetic reasons, or possibly from having flat feet or low arches. Temporary relief may be found when a protective pad is placed over the bunion, in addition to wearing shoes that fit correctly. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide a more permanent solution, which may include surgery for removal.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How Are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Although flip-flops are popular for the summer, it's important to walk carefully while wearing them. Flip-flops have little to no foot support, which can further lead to a potential injury if not careful.
A foot corn is a patch of hardened, dead skin on the foot that develops from repeated friction or rubbing. This can happen from wearing tight shoes, spending a prolonged time standing, problems with the shape of your foot or toe bones, or an abnormal gait. Over time, a corn may become raised, and it can become painful to wear shoes and walk. It is common to get a corn on the side of the pinky toe, which can become inflamed, irritated, and uncomfortable. The center of the corn will look like a white spot. As time passes, the corn can appear red, brown, or black from continuous irritation and it can become infected. If you have developed a corn on your pinky toe, you can try soaking the affected foot in warm water so that the skin softens and the dead skin starts to come away from the toe. After soaking and drying the foot, you can try to gently rub the corn with a pumice stone to file off the dead layers of skin. This may take repeated treatments. You can try cushioning the corn with a medicated corn pad which can help dissolve the corn. However, if these at-home treatments do not resolve the corn, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can shave or remove the corn so that it has less of a chance of recurring.
Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.