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Posts for: December, 2015

By A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C.
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

Custom orthotics improve the function of your feet in a variety of ways.

Orthotics describe any shoe insert that people wear to increase their comfort. While they can be purchased over-the-counter at any Orthoticspharmacy in Alexandria, only custom orthotics designed by Dr. Annik Adamson of A.A. Podiatry provide personalized relief based on your specific needs.

All custom orthotics are made in a laboratory by highly-trained technicians. They use measurements that your Alexandria podiatrist takes, either from digital imaging or a plaster cast, in order to craft an orthotic device that will fit you perfectly and accommodate your feet. Here's some more information about the kind of custom orthotics that Dr. Annik Adamson prescribes to her Alexandria podiatry patients.

Soft orthotics

For patients who need shock absorption or pressure relief, their Alexandria podiatrist often suggests soft orthotics. Made from flexible but snug materials like foam, soft orthotics are aimed at cushioning malformations or injuries from diabetes or arthritis. They also offer a certain measure of balance if that is a concern as well.

Semi-rigid orthotics

As the name suggests, semi-rigid orthotics have inner layers of soft material, while the outer portions of the insert are more fixed. Your Alexandria podiatrist often proposes the use of semi-rigid orthotics to parents whose children have anatomical issues with their feet or gait problems. Athletes sometimes wear semi-rigid orthotics to stabilize their feet and ankles during practice and games.

Rigid orthotics

When repetitive motion like walking or running is an issue, rigid orthotics help to control function of the joints in the feet. These orthotics are often made from plastic or other lightweight but solid materials.

If you're wondering if your feet might benefit from the use of custom orthotics, contact your Alexandria podiatrist, Dr. Annik Adamson, at A.A. Podiatry for a consultation. She and her staff are excited to help you get back on your feet comfortably!

By A.A. Podiatry
December 02, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Hammertoes  

HammertoesA hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.

The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle imbalance. Tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes often aggravate the condition, crowding your toes forward. A hammertoe can also be the result of injury in which you break or jam the toe, or from conditions like arthritis or stroke that affect nerves and muscles. In some cases, hammertoes may even be inherited.

Because of their clenched, claw-like appearance, hammertoes will generally be visibly present. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint
  • Redness or swelling at a toe joint
  • Development of calluses and corns
  • Open sores in severe cases

The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe:

  • Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes
  • Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes
  • Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain
  • Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure
  • Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft

Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe. Other non-surgical treatment includes padding to shield corns and calluses and orthotic devices that are placed in the shoe to help control muscle imbalance. We can help you determine the best treatment for your symptoms. Severe cases that don't respond to conservative measures may require surgery to restore your toe's flexibility and eliminate the pressure.

Hammertoes are progressive - they don't go away by themselves and the condition usually gets worse over time. Once a podiatrist at has evaluated your hammertoe, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.