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    How Do Orthotics Work?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Orthotics may be a wide range of different devices that brace the body in different ways. An orthosis, or brace, can be awkward to get used to, but these devices will relieve imbalances in the body and allow for more comfortable movement in the long run. Some orthotics will need to be worn for long periods, while others can ease certain conditions and be worn temporarily.

    When you have an issue causing a biomechanical deficiency, you should see a specialist to be fitted for the proper orthotic device. Worn properly, orthotics will keep critical structures aligned and offer support where muscle strength is lacking. Orthotics that fit inside shoes or under clothing will not be noticeable, but others will be clearly seen while worn.

    If you are suffering from pain related to fractures, plantar fasciitis, scoliosis, or other musculoskeletal conditions, call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, which has locations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. You can reach us on our website or at (717) 253-9130.

    Treatment Options of Scoliosis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Scoliosis is an incredibly common condition that causes curvature of the spine, which can range from a minor curve to a significant deformity. Typically, scoliosis is identified in middle school aged children, and it may be overcome as kids grow out of the condition or it could require more significant therapies to correct.

    This video explains the surgical and orthotic options for scoliosis when it is more severe. Unless the curve is severe and noticeable through a child’s posture, it will likely be diagnosed through standard school screenings for the condition.

    If orthotic treatment has been recommended for your child’s scoliosis, explore the custom solutions at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics. You can schedule a consultation in our Philadelphia or Washington, D.C., area offices online or at (717) 253-9130.

    Should Runners Use Orthotics?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    With the recent trend of minimalist running shoes—and barefoot running among more extreme athletes—the question of whether or not orthotics are beneficial for runners arises. Orthotics are inserts for the shoes that can correct a pronated feet, and they may be helpful for runners who have these issues. However, runners often rely on orthotics when they are not truly needed, leading to a higher risk of injuries and poor running form. This article will take a closer look at the debate about orthotics for runners at all skill levels.

    Over-utilizing orthotics

    Running can lead to an over-exaggeration of pronation, which will appear if a physician performs a gait examination. Orthotics may be prescribed, but the issue might be better corrected through changes in running style. Exaggerated pronation tends to be the result of heel striking the pavement. Hitting the pavement with the forefoot can be a more natural and efficient way to reduce pain and injuries after a long run.

    Conditions requiring correction

    Orthotics keep the foot in a more natural position when it is prone to the inward roll of pronation. If you have one of the three main types of pronation (overpronation, neutral pronation, or supination) regardless of whether you are walking or running, you might need orthotics to correct the issue. Otherwise, you may need to consider altering your running posture to minimize the impact on your feet.

    Changing running form

    The shock of hitting the pavement with your foot is more effectively absorbed when the entire motion of striking first with the forefoot and then lowering the heel is carried out. Changing your gait to achieve this motion may take significant time, so you should not look to make this transition too soon before a race.

    To learn if orthotics are the solution for your running-related foot pain, connect with Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics in the Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia areas. You can schedule a consultation with us on our website or by calling (717) 253-9130.

    Common Causes of Foot Pain

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Foot pain may be a troubling problem, because it can prevent you from enjoying even the simplest daily activities. Typically foot pain is diagnosed based on which part of the foot is aching—the arch, the heel, or the ball of the foot. Below you will get a look at some of the most likely culprits behind foot pain to help you understand some possible treatments.

    Plantar fasciitis

    Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed due to overstretching or stressful impacts. The pulling of this tissue can generate severe pain in the heel, which may be worse after periods of walking or standing.

    Heel spurs

    When heel pain leads to limping or abnormal gait, it may be caused by heel spurs, which are abnormal growths of the heel bone. Similar but temporary pain may be caused by stone bruises, which form when you step on a sharp rock or hard object. Heel spurs are likely to accompany plantar fasciitis, but neither condition actually causes the other.

    Morton’s neuroma

    Small parts of the foot may cause hugely amplified symptoms like numbness, forefoot pain, and strange sensations throughout the foot and ankle. Morton’s neuroma is one example of this pattern in which the nerve at the base of the toes is irritated by thickened tissue surrounding it. High heels and tight shoes put individuals at a higher risk for this condition, making it more likely to occur in women.

    Flat feet

    Flat feet or fallen arches cam lead to arch pain and serious issues with gait that could lead to significant injuries. Orthotics are the most common solution for flat feet, as they keep the arches in a more neutral position during everyday movements.

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help you identify the cause of your foot pain and move forward with the right solution for your needs. Call (717) 253-9130 or visit us online to learn more about the custom orthotics and preventive therapies we provide in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

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