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The Benefit of Foot Orthotics

Othosis is a field of medicine that deals with application of external devices to the skeletal system or neuromuscular system to help improve their structure and the functional characteristics. Orthotics is the devices which are used to achieve this end. Essentially orthosis combines the disciplines of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and engineering. Although this field has experienced tremendous development in the recent times, the field itself has been there since centuries. Originally twigs, wood and metal etc. Were used as the material out of which orthotic devices were made. However, with the advent of plastic, orthosis became a much more popular and possible way of getting these structural corrections done.

Orthotics is generally classified based on which body part is being benefited. For example, the ankle foot orthotics also known as AFO is used for correcting the feet. These foot orthotics are specially designed so that they provide sufficient support to the foot. The orthotics help in distribution of pressure on the feet or even realigning the foot joints when a person chooses to walk, stand or run. Orthotics that is used for the feet as observed also has a positive effect on the user’s hip, knee and spine areas.

Orthosis for Ankle-foot

The orthotics Known as AFO (Ankle foot orthosis), this device is a brace that is externally cast on the ankle-foot region. This device is meant to control the movement of the ankle, help in coping with weakness in this region and also help in correcting any deformity in this region. These orthotics are very useful when a person fractures his ankle or when one is suffering from arthritis. Manufactured from lightweight plastic, it is an L- shaped fixture which is provided with straps to cast on to the leg. Read More...

Orthotics can assist in Heel Pain

Orthotics is a branch of medical science that involves the use of orthoses to rectify disorders pertaining to bones, muscles, nerves or ligaments. A large part of orthotics deals exclusively with the improvement of foot health and the prevention as well as cure of foot ailments using a particular set of orthoses such as foot insoles, anklets and so on. Orthoses are scientifically prepared and prescribed devices that can be used for varied purposes, right from restricting movement in a particular direction and reduction of weight-bearing forces, to assisting movement, flexibility, rehabilitation and so on. This article deals specifically with how orthotics can assist you with the problem of heel pain, and provide much-needed relief and treatment.

Heel Pain in the Morning? Nip the Problem in the Bud!

If you have been experiencing consistent heel pain in the morning, it’s a definite red alert that you might have developed Plantar Fasciitis. The main symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include intense heel pain, and pain along the arch of your foot. It could happen in one foot or both feet, and it is also found to be the most painful when one wakes up in the morning. Internally, the problem arises because of the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia, the tissue that runs along the entire base your foot and connects to all toes. The use of customized orthotic insoles and use of proper, supportive footwear is the first corrective measure to rid of you of your chronic heel pain. Practicing heel-stretching exercises as prescribed by a certified orthotist are also known to aid in speedy recovery. Read More...

Plantar Fasciitis is a persistent foot condition!

What is “plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tus”?

If you have pain in your heels very often and especially when getting out of bed in the morning you may have a case of plantar fasciitis which is pronounced as “plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tus” for those of you who have never heard of this word or this condition before. This is quite a common cause of foot pain. But what is plantar fasciitis exactly and how can you treat it?

Plantar fasciitis is sometimes mistaken for excessive subtalar joint pronation, but they’re not the same.

The heel bone is connected to your toes by a flat band of tissue called the plantar fascia. When strained, the plantar fascia can get weak, irritated or swollen. This strain can be caused by tension on the ligament which results in micro-tears of the tissue. This is called plantar fasciitis. Read More...

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