In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, those who may benefit from orthotics include people who must walk or stand excessively on the job. For those who are active in sports, orthotics will commonly improve endurance, performance and strength. For overweight individuals, orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are ordinarily magnified due to the increased weight. This race in high heels is brought to you thanks to the generous support of your local podiatrists and physical therapy association. Every participant gets a free consult and shot of painkiller following the race.
To help prevent bunions, select your style and size of shoes wisely. Choose shoes with a wide toe area and a half-inch of space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Shoes also should conform to the shape of your feet without causing too much pressure. Treatment Contact a health care professional if you have persistent pain, a visible bump along the first toe, difficulty moving your toe or foot or difficulty finding shoes that fit properly because of pain or because the first toe has changed shape. Prognosis
People who have flat feet have a higher probability of developing calluses. This is because the arch of the foot is flat in these cases, and applying weight on the foot tends to shift the skin forward, resulting in calluses mostly on the balls of the feet. In older adults, calluses develop because the skin becomes weak and begins to sag. This causes the collection of skin and results in calluses. Treatment Use a lotion meant for excessively dry skin and rub it in on the callused areas. A better, and more effective alternative to lotion, is coconut or olive oil, and even petroleum jelly.
You may experience motion problems at the big toe joint for a number of reasons, including arthritis, excessive pronation, tight shoes, high-heeled shoes, irregular joint alignment or bone deformities. Stiffness at the big toe joint is a common problem, which calls for roomy shoes. In severe stiffness, a podiatrist may combine orthotics with special shoe modifications to limit pressure and reduce any painful motion you may have left at the joint. Orthotics alone may help improve big toe joint motion in mild cases of stiffness. Skipping socks. Wearing shoes and sandals without socks can lead to friction on your feet. Socks that don’t fit properly also can be a problem.
Pre-fabricated Orthotics are soft-medium density shoe inserts available from pharmacies, on-line specialist websites, and some physiotherapists or chiropractors. People will get used to such Orthotics almost immediately and the cost ranges from to per pair. Research has shown that for 80% of people suffering from over-pronation, a pre-fabricated Orthotic will provide sufficient correction. Also after a few weeks of wear, these types of Orthotics will customise to the wearer’s foot shape as a result of body weight and body heat. Most pre-fabricated Orthotic are made from EVA, a flexible material that supports the foot without hurting the arches.
Pedorthists specialize in footwear that treats medical conditions caused by diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis, or other problems caused by birth defects or injuries. If your feet require medical attention, a doctor may prescribe a certain footwear for your treatment, recovery, or rehabilitation. A Pedorthist can make the prescribed footwear. Even if you don’t have a medical condition that requires a footwear prescription a pedorthist can help you find the right fitting shoe and prevent foot damage. In the bath or shower keep a pedifile or foot-file and a callus preparation used by manicurists called Callus Eliminator. Both of these can be found at any beauty supply store.