Posts for category: Orthotics
Humans are not perfectly symmetrical. Almost everyone has one ear that’s higher, or one foot that’s larger than the other. Similarly, leg lengths are often not quite the same. There is disagreement as to what constitutes a clinically significant difference, but some studies suggest that leg length discrepancy, LLD, can lead to osteoarthritis of the hip, or knee. Foot height discrepancy can be a significant contributor to LLD.
A mild to moderate foot height discrepancy, which is often just a few millimeters, means there are typically significant misalignments within the joints of at least one of the feet. This cannot only have a profound damaging effect on the joints of the feet, but also on ligaments, tendons, and joints of the lower extremities, and back.
Properly made Custom Foot Orthotics can play a pivotal role to dramatically reduce or eliminate pain, progression of the deformity, and joint damage in this situation.
Our Custom Foot Orthotics at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, & Maspeth are state of the art, with all measurements done by a combination of computerized scanning and our expert podiatrist's clinical and x-ray evaluation.
If you are at all concerned about limb length discrepancy, LLD, please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth and one of our expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and consult with you.
An orthopedist is a doctor who treats the musculoskeletal system. They treat any part of the human body, and can give injections, prescribe therapy and do surgical procedures.
A podiatrist is a doctor who treats all the systems of the feet and ankles. This means they can take care of nails, vascular issues, neurological problems as well as musculoskeletal issues all involving the feet. A podiatrist receives specific and intensive training in all foot and ankle related issues.
This specific and intensive training allows them to become experts in a wide and vast array of foot and ankle related issues. Being highly specialized also exposes podiatrists to often rare or uncommon issues that may affect the human foot.
If you have a foot or ankle issue please call us today to get and expert opinion from one out are amazing DPMs.
I should let you know Mr or Mrs reader, in the business of feet, there is no such thing as a perfect foot. I have yet to come across a person who has never had foot pain (or at least discomfort) of some sort at some point in time. It’s the nature of the body part.
There is a unique chain of events that occur in the lower extremities in order for us to move, groove and shake to get us to where we’re getting. If you remember the rhyme, the hip bone is connected to the leg bone, the leg bone is connected to the knee bone, and all the way down to the foot. It all ends in the foot. When the stress of holding and supporting the entire body becomes too much for the foot, things start to break down.
Most injuries, no matter where they are, will heal with a little time. Problems with the feet present a different challenge when a musculoskeletal injury occurs. Bend a finger the wrong way and you can use the other hand for a few weeks. Hurt your shoulder? A sling and some advil will fix you up. Chronic issues in the lower extremities, especially the feet, are more difficult to treat because very few humans walk on their hands. Every step taken will cause further pain and swelling once an issue arises in the foot.
The best way we can control the mechanics of the foot is with a custom orthotic, fabricated for the individual. I’m sure you’ve seen similar products on the shelves of most shoe stores, but: a) these aren’t medical devices, and b) these aren’t customized to the anatomic contours of the patient. To properly support the foot, an orthotic needs to be made of materials strong enough to reposition the foot, and padded well enough to make the device comfortable.
Through my extensive training in sports medicine and experience rehabilitating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, I have seen many different formulations of orthotic devices. I say without reservation that those offered by Advanced Podiatry are far superior to most I’ve seen. They will talor the device to suit the patient’s lifestyle and shoe choices to allow for the best combination of function and fit.