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October 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Taking Care of Your FeetWrinkles and back pain aren’t the only issues you may deal with as you get older. You may also notice changes in your feet that can leave you prone to aches, pain, cracked heels and other unpleasant issues. As you get older it’s important that you provide your aging feet with what they need, and sometimes that means consulting a podiatrist for additional care and treatment. Here are some tips to keep your aging feet looking and feeling their best,

Clean Feet Daily

It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.

Keep Feet Moisturized

You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.

Trim Nails Properly

If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.

Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
August 27, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  
OrthoticsA healthy body starts with healthy, happy feet. After all, your feet have to do a lot of heavy lifting, providing your body with a sturdy foundation and support to walk, run, and climb stairs. Of course, many people will deal with biomechanical problems in their feet due to flat feet, high arches, or other structural abnormalities. The good news is that something as simple as custom orthotics can provide your feet with the support they need to both prevent and manage foot and leg pain and other problems.

What are orthotics?

These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.

Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.

Do I need orthotics?

Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Leg, hip, or back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Diabetes
  • Hammertoes
  • Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
While orthotics are typically not the sole treatment option, your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics along with other treatment options including stretching, pain-relieving medication, ice or heat therapy, and bracing or compression.

Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.

Types of Orthotics

There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.

Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.

If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.

You can now purchase a second pair for a discounted price of $225! 

Having a second pair of custom orthotics is a great option for:

  • A thinner, narrower orthotic that can fit easier into dress shoes, cleats, ice skates, golf shoes, etc.

  •  Convenience of not having to constantly switch your orthotics between shoes. 

Offer expires August 31st!


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What is a custom orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a shoe insert that is made to exactly fit the contour of your foot.  Orthotics are used for a variety of foot conditions including heel pain, flat feet, pain in the ball of the foot, high arched feet, various ligament and tendon injuries, diabetes, arthritis and many more.  They are made by taking a cast mold of the foot, which is sent to a lab for precise fitting of the shape of the foot with specialized prescription modifications that help the foot to function in its most ideal position.


Orthotics work by decreasing high pressure areas, stabilizing the foot alignment and cushioning the foot.  They also help to stabilize the foot during the walking cycle to adjust abnormalities in walking.  Orthotics are like glasses- they only work when you wear them. Orthotics will not permanently change your anatomy. It does make sense that they would aid in the prevention of injuries and some arthritic conditions of the lower half of your body. Orthotics have a synergistic effect with other treatments such as physical therapy, stretching, icing, anti-inflammatory medicines and in some cases surgical correction of the foot.


How will my orthotics feel?

When orthotics are first worn, it is common to have arch soreness or discomfort for a short period of time, but when properly fit they will help alleviate foot pain and help to correct poorly aligned feet and ankles.  Pain in new areas, blistering or redness, while rare, can occur initially and should be reported to your doc tor so that your orthotics can be adjusted.  Custom orthotics are made I such a way that their shape can be changed by your doctor for an even better fit.  It is common for your orthotics to feel stiff at first but with some wear this stiffness will allow your foot to be properly supported and will feel better than before.  Although symptomatic relief will not occur over night, consistently wearing orthotics for a period of time will help realign your feet and allow healing to occur as well as help prevent future pain or injury.


Are orthotics adjustable?

Yes.  As discussed above your doctor can adjust your orthotics to make them a truly custom fit.  These adjustments can be made by the lab as well, depending on the type of adjustment needed.  There are many areas that may need adjustment and this versatility allows for the best fit for each individual.


Are custom orthotics covered by insurance?

Coverage for custom orthotics varies by insurance plan.  Our staff will review your insurance coverage to determine of custom orthotics is a covered service on your plan.  Please be aware that we can only forward the coverage information to you that the insurance company gives us.  This is not a guarantee of coverage since the insurance company cannot guarantee benefits until the claim is processed.  If you are concerned that your insurance company does not cover custom orthotics, we urge you to call them and confirm coverage.  They may ask for the billing code, which is L3000.  Please feel free to ask our staff if you have any questions or concerns.  We are here to help you and our primary concern is your complete satisfaction and well-being.


How long do custom orthotics take to make?

The time needed for custom orthotics to be made and return to our office is approximately 3-4 weeks.  There are a variety of factors involved including the company used, the speed of shipping and the complexity of the orthotic prescription.  We will give you a custom estimate of the time it will take when you are molded for custom orthotics.


What are the alternatives to custom orthotics?

There are many kinds of ‘off the shelf’ or prefabricated orthotics on the market today, many of which can be purchased at the pharmacy or supermarket.  These vary greatly in quality and function.  There are many different foot types and most of these insoles are geared toward being soft rather than being supportive.  Soft insoles, while they feel good on the skin, do not properly support the arch and can cause more harm in some cases.  There are also a variety of higher end prefabricated orthotics that can be selected by your doctor to match your foot type, and in some cases these may be sufficient to support your foot condition.  In all cases, prefabricated orthotics lack the custom fit of your foot and the durability provided by custom orthotics.  A prefabricated orthotic will last about a year on average, where a quality custom orthotics can last for more than 10 years!


Where can I get custom orthotics?

The doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center have special training in all types of foot and ankle conditions and well versed in treating these conditions with custom orthotics in people of all ages, from young children to the geriatric population. 


If you have questions please feel free to call the office and members of our staff will be happy to assist you.



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