What are the benefits of custom foot orthoses?
Excessive movement, impact, tension or pressure are bound to cause trouble. Orthotics change all of those factors depending on the degree of support, the type of materials used and what kind of accommodative padding one places on top. Materials can be used to limit painful joint motion, lessen the pull on damaged or strained tendons and ligaments, and direct force/pressure and shear away from areas or skin that are painful or break down.
Orthotics can be used to help heel pain, arch pain, neuromas, pain in the ball of feet, osteoarthritis, foot instability, flatfeet, high arched feet (pes cavus), and general foot pain or fatigue.
Specifically orthotics work by:
Reduction of plantar pressure and enhancement of dynamic plantar loading.
Custom devices can reduce plantar pressure via redistribution of plantar pressure. They also help to enhance normal probability distribution of plantar loading, which he says is of key importance to reduce lower extremity pain during walking. Orthoses increase the surface area over which the weightbearing surface is distributed.
The effect on plantar pressure is by far the clearest to evaluate and is the most outstanding out of all the biomechanical measures we have at our disposal
Stabilization of the foot during walking.
The appropriate design of custom foot orthoses helps maintain the center of pressure line of progression in neutral position (middle of base of support). This helps stabilize the foot, which in turn reduces the risk of injury and enhances gait stability and balance.
Enhancing proprioception feedback.
A custom orthosis can also enhance proprioception feedback by forcing the ankle joint to navigate the foot to stabilize the center of pressure. As he notes, this in turn helps stabilization of gait and enhancement of balance during walking.
Winter is here, finally! Warm weather lasted through December, but the New Year has brought in much colder temperatures. Click on this link to read a few great tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association on how to care for your feet during these colder months.
We are here to serve all of your foot, and ankle needs. Please contact us for an appointment in our Hendersonville, or Arden (South Asheville) office.
Dr. Devin Grant was born and raised in Georgia and joined Mountain Podiatry in the summer of 2015. After graduating with honors from Valdosta State University, he attended Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland Ohio where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then completed a three year Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification at the University of Louisville and Kentucky One Hospital Systems.
Dr. Grant is trained to treat all ages and a full range of foot issues including heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuromas, sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, and pediatric foot problems. He also specializes in foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
In his spare time Dr. Grant enjoys traveling, outdoors, and sports.
Click here for some great Summer Foot Care tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Spring is here and it has brought some exciting new changes for Mountain Podiatry.
March 19th we opened Nail Spa at Mountain Podiatry with our Certified Medical Nail Technician, Crystal Pike. She has been a Licensed Nail Technician since 2002. She completed her Advanced and Medical Nail Certification in 2014, and had the opportunity to complete her required internship here at Mountain Podiatry. Crystal believes good communication, and putting her client’s health before their polish, is essential for a safe and relaxing nail service.
Nail Spa at Mountain Podiatry is a safe choice. You can relax and be pampered in a setting where you can be assured of a clean, medical grade environment. We are diligent about cleaning and disinfecting surfaces used, and all of our tools. This includes autoclaving instruments.
Our Nail Spa is open to the public. You do not need to be a patient of Mountain Podiatry to schedule an appointment with Crystal, MNT. She offers services for hands and feet! Call us today for an appointment for a pedicure or manicure, or more information.