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What are Orthotics?

Orthotic InsolesOrthotics are a biomechanical device to be inserted into a shoe under the foot in order to correct proper biomechanical balance and function.  Overpronation, or the flattening of the arch, is the most common ailment to be corrected with orthotics, however there are obviously other uses for both minor and severe cases.  Orthotic insoles can help reduce pain and stress on joints as a result of correcting a condition like overpronation.  Best of all, they are an affordable and effective fix.  There are also orthotics that are created to help correct function in the foot and ankle; these look more like a boot instead of an insole slipped under the foot.

We take custom molds of the feet that need orthotics made, and then send them off to our manufacturer to be crafted to exactly fit your feet.  Then when you come in for your fitting, we will make sure the insole fits properly into your shoe, and under your foot.

For foot and ankle issues we also have Cam Walkers, which are “boots” that allow proper support and correction to yourOrthotic Came Walker whole foot.  They also provide the necessary protection your foot will need in the healing/correction process.

What are flat feet?

Flat Floot or Flat ArchFlat feet is the term given to the condition when the foot’s arch has collapsed; the result being the entire (or almost entire) sole of the foot rests on the floor.  While the lack of an arch itself does not hurt, flat feet can cause pain in your ankles or knees.  The reason for this is pronation.  Pronation is a condition where the heel bone angles inward and the arch tends to collapse; so in the case of a flat foot, it makes the condition even worse.  As pronation gets worse, as will other complications of flat feet, such as the aforementioned ankle and knee pain.

How Pronation Affects the Leg with Side Effects and Complications

Simply enough, arch support or orthotics are proper treatment for flat feet, and canhelp prevent complications from the condition.

What are diabetic foot ulcers?

An ulcer anywhere on the body is a sore accompanied by the deterioration of tissue at the site, penetrating through the epidermis, dermis, and then sometimes even the layer of fat underneath (the subcutaneous fat). The skin around the sore will be red and inflamed, and will obviously be sensitive and painful.  Ulcers vary greatly in location and cause, however in podiatry we deal with ulcers on the foot, most commonly associated with diabetes.

Diabetic Foot UlcerThe combination of diabetes and an ulcer is especially risky because of the nature of diabetes.  Ulcers, like any laceration or wound, would heal naturally via the human body’s healing process.  In this process the body will produce new skin cells to replace the ones lost, and barring a complication the healing process with completely heal the wound.  Diabetes is a disorder that impedes the human body from completing this process as quickly and efficiently as possible.  This generally prevents the wound from healing, and as time goes on the wound will frequently get worse (larger, deeper, more painful), and the risk of infection is heightened.

Now, ulcers are not necessarily caused by diabetes, however they are complicated by the disorder.  Diabetes patients will frequently suffer from neuropathy and a lack of blood flow; the lack of blood flow contributing to the slower healing process, and the neuropathy contributing to the development of ulcers unbeknownst to the patient.  What this means is, neuropathy will cause a patient to lose feeling in their lower extremities, and then as a result of many potential causes (tight shoes, friction from shoes or socks,  or even heavy friction from a bed sheet) an ulcer can develop and the patient would not feel the pain associated with the ulcer as it forms.  It can then go unattended and develop into a dangerous condition, especially when complicated further by a slow healing process.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a ligament, or thick band of connective tissue between bones.  The plantar fascia forms at the calcaneus, or heel bone, and extends along the bottom of the foot towards the proximal phalanges of the toes.

Plantar Fasciitis in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills

This inflammation is most commonly associated with extended periods of weight bearing, and in non-athletic patients, is usually connected to high body mass index.

The typical means of diagnosing plantar fasciitis is done during an in office examination.  Through a conversation, looking at the patient’s foot, and watching them stand and walk a doctor should be able to see signs of the condition.  In some cases it may be necessary to use imaging, such as radiographs, ultrasound, or MRI to verify the presence of the condition.

With plantar fasciitis, the pain usually derives from the underside of the heel, sometimes spreading up the foot.  It is common, due to fact that while sleeping your foot is in a relaxed state of mending, when you first take steps in the morning the pain is the most intense of the day.  Another common symptom is that the patient has a tough time bending their foot, so as a result the toes are brought up toward the shin.

Now on Yelp!

Agoura-Los Robles Podiatry Centers is now on Yelp!

 

As we grow into the realm of social media, we hope you come along and tell us what you think.  We are very excited to be on Yelp now, and we hope you all enjoy your experience enough to write us a review after your visit.   Very soon we will be on LinkedIn as well for all of you there.   Also, we encourage people to follow along with our other social networks, check them out below.

 

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