Posts for category: Orthotics
How can your Centennial, CO, podiatrist heal your heel pain.
Dr. Joseph Mechanik of Colorado Foot Institute has years of experience and knowledge on how to examine, diagnose and treat your feet by prescribing the proper course of treatment when it comes to resolving issues and problems, such as heel pain.
More About the Heel
The heel is the largest bone in your foot, and is susceptible to trauma.
Causes of Heel Pain
When the fascia, a connective tissue extending from the heel to the toes, provides arch support but when irritated or inflamed, you will start feeling pain. People typically feel the most pain in the morning, as soon as they wake up, but it slowly goes away throughout time.
People also feel pain if they are suffering from heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may result in chronic pain; gout, a buildup of uric acid salts in joints; arthritis, swelling of cartilage; and psoriasis, a chronic and recurrent inflammatory disease that causes red patches on the skin.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Collagen disorders
- Nerve injuries
- Heel bone abnormalities
How to Care for Heel Pain
- Take medications like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and after consulting your Centennial podiatrist.
- Stretch your feet out daily, avoid rigorous sports and exercises, and wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber.
- There are surgical treatments to get rid of persistent heel pain.
To schedule an appointment with your Centennial, CO, podiatrist and obtain more information regarding heel pain, contact Dr. Joseph Mechanik of Colorado Foot Institute by calling (303) 333-3383 today.
If you struggle with pain or discomfort in your lower back, legs, or feet, custom orthotics could benefit you. Custom-created inserts that fit inside your shoes, orthotics can ease pain and discomfort by providing cushioning, stability, and better arch support to your foot. Different types of orthotics are available and a podiatrist here at Colorado Foot Institute can recommend the right type for you. Led by Dr. Joseph Mechanik, read on to learn how our office in Centennial, CO, can provide orthotics that are perfect for you!
Types of Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can provide the cushioning, stability, and arch support needed to reduce pain in the lower back, legs, and feet. Three types of custom orthotics are available from our Centennial office, each one perfect for different situations. These varieties include:
- Soft Orthotics — Provides cushioning, support, and shock absorption. Soft orthotics also alleviate pressure on the balls of the feet. This type of orthotic is beneficial to patients with arthritis in the feet and ankles, diabetes-related foot problems, or foot deformities.
- Rigid Orthotics — Alleviates leg and lower back pain caused by an irregular step pattern. Rigid orthotics correct foot positioning and alignment when stepping. This type of orthotic is beneficial to patients with pain in the lower back or legs.
- Semi-Rigid Orthotics — This type of orthotic is beneficial to patients with flat feet, especially if they happen to be athletes who need more arch support. Semi-rigid orthotics correct foot positioning and alignment, thus providing stability and improving balance.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
While it is possible to purchase over-the-counter shoe inserts at certain stores, these products do not provide the same benefits as custom orthotics from your local podiatrist. Custom orthotics provide substantially more support and stability since they are custom made for a perfect fit. The many benefits of custom orthotics include how they:
- Provide cushioning for the feet
- Reduce strain on the feet and ankles
- Alleviate pain and discomfort
- Provide better arch support
- Are custom made for a perfect fit
- Correct foot positioning
- Improve stability
- Improve balance
Interested? Give Us a Call
For custom orthotics in Centennial, CO, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mechanik by calling Colorado Foot Institute at (303) 333-3383.