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Posts for: January, 2013

January 25, 2013
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Custom orthotics is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure. Custom orthotics is different than over-the-counter orthotics or inserts because it is made from impressions created by your feet, and prescribed by a podiatrist or medical professional. It is designed to correct the alignment and function of your feet and lower extremity when worn in your work, casual dress, athletic, or high-heeled shoes. Orthotics may be particularly helpful for children who are still growing. Wearing orthotics every day will help reduce the pain and cramping in a child’s knees, feet or legs. Using orthotics early, especially for a child that has metatarsus adducts, may help reduce the need for braces or corrective surgery. If a child has Saver’s disease, wearing an orthotic will help reduce heel pain and prevent limping. Although Saver’s disease usually heals quickly, it may reoccur if long-term measures are not taken to protect the heel during a child's growing years.

There is a wide range of custom orthotics. These include orthotics designed to accommodate such things as: men’s dress shoes or women’s flats; high-heels or open-backed shoes; high-performance orthotics for running and all-purpose sports activities; heel spur orthotics for patients suffering from heel pain; maxi shock orthotics that provide plantar arch reinforcement for impact absorption; orthotics that fit particularly small heels; orthotics designed for progressive foot disorders of geriatric patients; entry level custom devices suitable for managed care patients; and Medicare approved inserts for diabetic patients.

The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois takes pride in providing the highest level of podiatric care in central Illinois.  Dr. Sigle is able to evaluate your foot type, specific skeletal or muscular problem, style of shoe gear, and provide you with quality custom orthotics that is best for you. If you are interested in obtaining custom orthotics, contact Dr. Sigle at (217)787-2700 for a consultation. Remember, orthotics is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.

By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
January 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Flat FeetThe arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of Adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.

One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.

Factors than increase your risk of flat feet include:

  • Excess weight
  • Age
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Pregnancy

When to See Your Springfield Podiatrist

Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. A painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple every day tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.

Common symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Swelling along the inside of the ankle
  • Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
  • A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
  • Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot

Steps Away from Flatfoot Pain Relief

If you are experiencing pain caused by flatfoot, visit Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.

Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:

  • Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
  • Shoe modifications
  • Rest and ice
  • Stretching exercises
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.