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Foot orthotics can be extremely useful for treating a variety of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis, sometimes called “heel spurs,” is a painful condition involving a tear or inflammation of the muscle tissue in the heel. Wearing orthotics can reduce the amount of force pressing against that area of the foot and consequently lower one’s chance of getting heel spurs.

Though they are typically effective at protecting the lower extremities, it is best to check with your doctor first before spending the time and money needed to acquire any kind of insoles.

Foot and ankle orthotics can be effective ways of dealing with many biomechanics-related podiatric conditions. They can often be specially designed to treat whatever problem you may be experiencing as efficiently and comfortably as possible. If you are interested in trying orthotics, call podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will evaluate what type of insoles would be best for you based on your specific situation.

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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jadevon clowneyJadeveon Clowney met with officials from the Atlanta Falcons a few weeks ago so they could discuss possible logistics and run a few preliminary tests. Although they didn’t request that he do a full workout, the Falcons did have Clowney perform a biomechanical assessment and complete an aptitude test. The defensive end also recently traveled to Atlanta to meet with more representatives of the team.

It’s important to note that the talks represented the very early stages of the signing process and can’t be interpreted as signs that a definite deal will emerge.

Professional football teams often test the biomechanics of potential new players to make sure there is nothing wrong with their pronation or running technique. If you would like to learn more about biomechanics, talk to podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will show how your posture and walking habits are related to the overall health of your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
 

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Devin HarrisDevin Harris, an NBA All-Star and former player for the Mavericks, was being courted by Dallas last year for the second time in his career, this time with a deal that included a $9 million paycheck. But unfortunately for Harris, the teams’ doctor found out that he had a damaged metatarsal in his left foot that would require surgery to correct.

Harris had the surgery done, and was in the process of recovering when another injury, a stress fracture, cropped up. These made his rehabilitation take even longer, but by the next summer he was finally healthy again. Harris was given another contract by the Mavericks, though at a lower salary, and now returned onto the court with his old team.

If you have incurred a serious foot or ankle injury, getting back into sports can be a daunting prospect. For assistance with returning to your active lifestyle, contact podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess how much progress you’ve made with your recovery and provide you with the foot and ankle care you need.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."Nine-year old Joseph Miller walked a mile in heeled shoes last month to support those suffering from domestic violence.  This charity event, known as “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” is especially important for Joseph and his mom since they used to be victims themselves.

Before the event, Joseph strutted confidently—but perhaps without much stability—into the Findlay, Ohio Mayor’s office wearing mom’s heels, and asked for a pledge of support.  Mayor Mihalik contributed generously and raised Joseph’s proceeds to $1,000, far exceeding his goal.

While wearing them for a mile is a great way to promote awareness for an important cause, wearing high heels in excess can damage the feet. If your shoe choices have been giving your feet constant pain, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will tend to your foot and ankle related needs. 

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. 

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