Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?Although shin splints can happen at any time of the year, they tend to spring up more often when people begin returning to the tennis courts and running tracks. The reason behind the increase is easy to understand. As people try to get back into the swing of their favorite sports, they inadvertently put undue pressure on their tibias, tendons and muscles.

That added pressure sparks inflammation, mild soreness and eventually severe pain that may interfere with their exercise routines or daily ambulation. Thankfully, wearing foot orthotics and taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications frequently helps them feel better quicker.

First, podiatrists must identify whether the person’s pain is emanating from the medial, lateral or anterior area of the shin. Then, it is common to watch the patient walk and determine if there is excessive pronation, forefoot valgus, supination or other biomechanical problems that may be contributing to the person’s shin splints.

Afterward, custom foot orthotics may be ordered and designed to suit the patient’s needs. Ideally, whichever foot orthotics are prescribed, they’ll correct the biomechanical issue, thereby reducing stress on the lower leg during routine ambulation or running.

So which foot orthotic devices are used to help ease the pain of shin splints? As you can guess, it will depend on the person’s foot and the contributing biomechanical problem at hand. Sometimes supportive, foam inserts with cut-away areas may help relieve the pressure. In other situations, it may be wise to include a supportive wrap or bandage that helps to hold the foot, ankle and lower leg into the proper position for running or walking.

Understandably, the cost and amount of time it generally takes to make custom foot orthotics for people suffering from shin splints varies as well. To learn more about treating seasonal shin splints with customized foot orthotics, please contact one of our knowledgeable podiatrists today.


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Study Finds Diabetic Shoes & Inserts Reduce Amputations

Custom Foot OrthoticsA new study from Sweden finds that proper interventions such as diabetic shoes, inserts, podiatry, and regular checkups can reduce the number of amputations by more than 50% in patients with diabetes. These are the findings, and some steps people with diabetes can take to protect their feet.

According to an article from News-Medical.net, researchers at the University of Gothenburg studied more than 114 Swedish patients with diabetes who were considered at risk for developing ulcers. These wounds typically occur when the foot is overloaded, and they may lead to amputation. The study involved three different types of shoes inserts, all of which were found to be effective in reducing pressure and cutting the risk of ulcers by more than 50%.

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing a foot ulcer is close to 25% for people with diabetes. It is recommended that all patients with diabetes have their feet evaluated by a Missouri podiatrist at least once a year. If abnormalities such as bunions or hammertoes are discovered, your foot doctor may recommend more frequent examinations. Self-exams are also important. Checking your feet each day for injuries or abnormalities can help prevent more serious problems. In addition to medical treatments, lifestyle changes such as shoe inserts may be helpful.

If your diabetes is well managed, you may be able to wear conventional shoes. In other cases, your podiatrist may suggest comfort shoes or footwear specifically designed for people with diabetes. These styles are called “depth shoes” because they have extra room built in for inserts that redistribute pressure on the foot to help prevent ulcers. In the most serious cases, custom shoes can also be made to fit a mold of your feet.

Regular foot evaluations by a podiatrist, self-examinations, and proper footwear are an essential part of managing diabetes and reducing the risk of amputations. Contact our Missouri foot clinics for more information about diabetic foot care.

Why Choose Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom Foot OrthoticsHave you been contemplating the purchase of over-the-counter shoe inserts? If so, stop a moment and compare your feet with that of a loved one. There is a 99.9% likelihood that beyond having 10 digits, your feet will vary greatly from one another. That is not only perfectly normal; it’s the chief reason why you shouldn’t act on your original intentions. Instead, you should contact our Missouri podiatry offices and choose custom foot orthotics. Here’s a quick peek at the top advantage you’ll gain by doing so:

As we progress through life, our age and health have a significant impact on our feet. For example, it is not uncommon for the padding on our feet to thin or harden into calluses. We may also develop plantar fasciitis or lose range of motion in our joints. Sometimes, those changes may even indicate the existence of a health problem that we may have not been previously aware of. A good example of this is claw toe, which is sometimes caused by uncontrolled diabetes.

By visiting your Missouri podiatrists and having a custom foot orthotics fitting, you’ll have an opportunity to learn what your feet reveal about your health. Furthermore, your Missouri foot doctor may be able to work with your primary care physician to address any health problems that show up during your podiatry visit. Take our previous example of diabetes related claw toe for instance.

Our Doctors can create a custom foot orthotic to prevent exasperation of the condition as well as periodically monitor your feet for signs of diabetic neuropathy. They can then share their findings with your primary care physician. Your physician could then use the podiatrist’s findings to change your diet, medications and testing schedule. You obviously wouldn’t get that type of comprehensive care by merely buying shoe inserts at the local drug store.

Understandably, there are many other advantages to be gained by obtaining custom foot orthotics. To learn more about those advantages, please contact your local Missouri podiatrists today and arrange for an initial consultation.