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    Getting to Know the Uses and Benefits of Orthotics

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Foot orthotics are commonly used devices that provide additional support to relieve foot pain. There are different types of foot orthotics, such as those designed specifically for arch support, in addition to insoles, heel liners, and foot cushions. Some orthotics are even designed for specific medical conditions, such as the special foot care needs of diabetics. If you feel you may benefit from foot orthotics, talk to a professional to determine which type of device is best suited to your needs.

    Functions of Foot Orthotics

    A person’s feet must bear significant pressure, especially during strenuous exercise. There are many different structures of the foot, including small bones, muscles, and tendons, which are susceptible to medical problems. Improper biomechanics of the foot can lead to pain in other areas, such as the knees, hip, and back. Foot orthoses can treat a wide range of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, which refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia. This common condition involves pain in the heel that is often severe. Orthotics are also appropriate for those with Achilles tendon or posterior tibial tendon problems. They can alleviate symptoms in individuals with iliotibial band syndrome, runner’s knee, and many other conditions.

    Benefits of Foot Orthotics

    Foot orthotics offer numerous benefits. One of the key benefits is the ability to customize them to the unique needs of the patient. Individuals with foot pain can choose from a variety of over-the-counter foot orthotics designed for various types of discomfort. Or, custom orthotics can be made to fit an individual’s foot perfectly. Foot orthotics are capable of correcting abnormal walking patterns and allowing for better positioning. They provide support to the arch of the foot and to other structures, which can relieve pressure on the foot and improve pain. Orthotics can even prevent foot deformities from worsening. They also function as shock absorbers and help restore balance.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics provides both custom orthotics and off-the-shelf shoe products. Our diverse product line also extends to footwear and orthotics for individuals with diabetes. Call us today at (717) 337-2273 for more information or fill out the contact form on our website.

    Tips for Caring for Your Limb and Prosthetic

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Before you receive your custom prosthetic, you will undergo an extensive evaluation of your unique needs to determine which type of prosthetic is best for you. A prosthetic professional will ensure that your device fits you perfectly. Over time, however, you may notice some changes in your comfort level and the fit of the device. This is due to physical changes of your residual limb, rather than changes of the prosthetic. You can increase your comfort level by following some basic care guidelines for the device and your limb. And remember to schedule a follow-up visit with a prosthetist if you have trouble.

    Caring for Your Prosthetic

    Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines with regard to cleaning all components of the prosthetic device that maintain contact with your skin. You should wash these components every day and let them dry completely. When purchasing new shoes, make sure they are the proper height to avoid an incorrect alignment. As you go about your daily activities, always keep certain items on hand that you may need, such as extra stump socks, pull socks, and antibiotic ointment. You will likely find that you need to add some extra socks due to the natural swelling changes of your leg throughout the day. If you experience any problems with the fit of your device or the liner, call a prosthetist right away instead of trying to make the adjustments yourself.

    Caring for Your Residual Limb

    You can reduce the risk of an infection of your residual limb by washing it every day and allowing it to dry completely. Examine it daily for signs of skin breakdown or persistent pressure patches. Stretch daily to improve your walking ability. Unless your prosthetist instructs you otherwise, avoid sleeping with a cushion under your residual limb because this can cause muscle problems.

    The prosthetists at Ability Prosthetic & Orthotics go the extra mile to ensure our clients’ satisfaction with their prosthetics. We provide custom-fit prosthetics and extensive patient education to those in the Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia areas. We encourage you to call us at (717) 337-2273 if you ever experience an issue with your prosthetic device.

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    Last updated 19 days ago

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    How to Use an Ankle Gauntlet

    Last updated 26 days ago

    An ankle gauntlet is a type of orthosis that supports the foot and ankle for the management of conditions such as ankle instability and ankle arthritis. Before wearing your ankle orthosis, put on a long sock and then loosen the laces of the ankle gauntlet. Insert your foot into the device, and then secure the laces and straps. You will likely need to loosen the laces of your shoe to allow for room to insert the foot with the gauntlet.

    Your orthotist will provide a recommended wearing schedule, which allows for a breaking in period. For example, for the first day you may only wear the ankle gauntlet for one hour. Double your wearing time on each subsequent day until you’re wearing the device for eight hours on the fourth day. Remember to avoid sleeping and walking around without shoes while wearing your ankle gauntlet. See your orthotist if skin irritation develops.

    The orthotists at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics work closely with each patient to ensure his or her satisfaction with our custom-made ankle gauntlets, other custom orthotics, and custom prosthetics. To schedule an appointment with one of our offices in Philadelphia or Harrisburg, call (717) 337-2273.

    Treatment and Prevention of Plantar Fasciitis

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, or band on the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed and painful. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of sharp, stabbing pain in the heel. To prevent and treat plantar fasciitis, conservative measures are often effective. Patients can apply an ice pack to the area for 15 minutes at a time. Selecting supportive footwear and using an orthotic insert for additional support is also helpful.

    For more tips on preventing and treating plantar fasciitis, watch this video. This doctor explains the benefits of working with a physical therapist to learn stretching exercises. He also discusses the use of a night splint to hold the foot in a neutral position during sleep.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics provides specially designed orthotics to suit the needs of each individual patient. Residents of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and beyond can call (717) 337-2273 or visit our website for more information about our orthotics.

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