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By Podiatry Associates
September 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   Fallen Arches  

Do you suffer from foot, leg, hip, or back pain due to fallen arches? Orthotics offered by your Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON, podiatrists, Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Marilyn Bradley of The Podiatry Associates, can ease your pain.

What are the symptoms of fallen arches?

Your arches provide support for your entire body. If they're too low, you may experience a variety of symptoms including:

  • Pain in your arch, ankle, or heel that can worsen when you're active and may flare up when walking or standing
  • Aches and pain in your legs, hip, or back
  • Swollen, sore arches. Swelling can also affect the inside of your ankle
  • Cramps in the muscles of your feet and legs
  • Abnormal gait

You may also be more likely to develop bunions, arthritis, hammertoe, and plantar fasciitis if you have fallen arches.

Low arches can be inherited or can be caused by or related to:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Weight gain
  • Foot injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Tendon injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Foot abnormalities
  • Conditions or injuries that affect the nerves in your feet
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Foot fracture

Your risk of fallen arches also increases with age.

What to do about fallen arch pain

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Orthotics in Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON: These prescription shoe inserts support, align, and cushion your feet. When your arches are properly supported, foot, ankle, leg, hip, or back pain will lessen or stop.
  • Pain Relief Measures: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or ice decrease swelling and pain due to fallen arches. If these measures don't help, steroid injections may keep your pain under control.
  • Physical Therapy: During physical therapy, you'll perform exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet.
  • Braces: Braces support your arches and prevent your feet from rolling inward when you walk.

Could orthotics help your fallen arches in Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists, Dr. Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Marilyn Bradley of The Podiatry Associates to find out. Call us at (905) 433-0200, (905) 568-3800, or (519) 751-2900.

By Podiatry Associates
June 02, 2021
Category: orthotic devices
Tags: orthotics   heel pain  

Heel pain can cause discomfort throughout the day and affect your ability to carry out regular daily activities. A common cause of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. One way to treat this condition is with custom orthotics, which are devices worn inside the shoes. Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, and Dr. William Jacob, the experienced foot specialists at The Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Brantford, and Mississauga, ON, treat heel pain and can fit you for custom orthotics.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition associated with pain at the bottom of the heel and sometimes in the arch. Running along the bottom of the foot is a thick band of tissues called the plantar fascia. These tissues connect the heel bone to the toes and provide shock absorption for the foot. Constant pressure or strain on these tissues can cause them to become swollen or inflamed, which can lead to heel pain and discomfort. One method for treating plantar fasciitis is wearing custom orthotics in the shoes.

How Orthotics Help

Orthotics are devices that are placed inside the shoes to correct a wide range of foot issues, including irregular step patterns. Orthotics help position the feet and ankles so they are in proper alignment with one another. It is possible to obtain over-the-counter orthotics, but custom orthotics deliver better results since they are tailored to each patient’s unique foot structure. We offer custom orthotics at our offices in Whitby, Brantford, and Mississauga, ON, for the treatment of heel pain.

Orthotics help with heel pain and other foot problems in several ways, including:

  • Providing added cushioning
  • Alleviating pain and discomfort
  • Providing more arch support
  • Improving stability and balance
  • Reducing strain on the feet and ankles
  • Improving alignment in the feet and lower extremities

Several types of custom orthotics are available, including semi-rigid, rigid, and soft orthotics. Semi-Rigid custom orthotics provide additional arch support, which is beneficial to individuals with flat feet. Rigid orthotics help correct irregular step patterns by improving foot positioning when walking. Custom soft orthotics provide added cushioning and support and are helpful to patients with arthritis in the feet or ankles. One of our foot specialists can recommend the right type of custom orthotic for your heel pain.

Custom orthotics can provide relief from chronic heel pain and discomfort. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Will Jacob for help treating your heel pain by calling The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, ON, at  (905) 568-3800. We are also located in Whitby, ON, at (905) 433-0200, and Brantford, ON, at (519) 751-2900.

By Podiatry Associates
January 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Do you have a stubborn foot or ankle problem, such as plantar fasciitis? At The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, ON, and the Toronto area, our foot doctors often prescribe custom-made shoe inserts called orthotics. Providing protection, support, and/or biomechanical correction, orthotics from Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, and Dr. William Jacob truly work wonders.
 

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are prescription shoe insoles that alleviate foot pain, correct problems with gait, accommodate structural deformities or ulcers, and more. Used by many patients at The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, including athletes, diabetics, people with arthritis, and more, orthotics are a non-invasive, non-surgical way to happy, functional feet and ankles.
 

Prescribing orthotics in Mississauga

The first step is an in-office exam and review of your medical history. Your foot doctor will ask about your symptoms and activities which relieve or aggravate them.
 

Then, he or she may do digital X-rays and a video or F-scan gait analysis, state of the art diagnostic tests which examine how you place your feet when you walk. Abnormalities, such as overpronation, are recorded, as well as areas of undue pressure, sliding, or limb abnormalities, such as uneven leg length.
 

If orthotics are your best option, the foot doctor will take a mold of your feet and choose the material appropriate for your problem. Materials may be soft, rigid, or semi-rigid, depending on your specific need.
 

Specific conditions

Healthline cites many conditions that improve with custom-made orthotics:
 

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle instability
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Flat arches
  • High arches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Back, hip, and knee pain

Patients find they can avoid more complex treatments, such as surgery, through these simple, yet effective, shoe inserts. People feel better, remain mobile, enjoy their favorite sports, and do their daily activities with greater comfort and efficiency.
 

Should you choose orthotics?

Why not see Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, Dr. Barry Noble, or Dr. William Jacob for a comprehensive evaluation at The Podiatry Associates in the Toronto area? We have three locations for your convenience. For Mississauga, call (905) 568-3800. For Brantford, phone (519) 751-2900, and in Whitby, reach us at (905) 433-0200.

By Podiatry Associates
July 24, 2020
Category: orthotic devices
Tags: orthotics  

Are your feet acting up again? Perhaps you’re wondering if you need a fresh pair of inserts or to further cut back on activities that hurt your feet. These might help. But depending on your specific symptoms, you might benefit more from an orthotic device instead.

To be certain, you can consult with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON office for a professional evaluation. Until your appointment, here’s a primer on orthotics.

What are Orthotics and How Do They Work?

For some people, OTC shoe inserts can work well to relieve their aching feet. For others, however, they might need orthotics. These are prescription medical appliances that are worn inside the shoes to fix biomechanical foot problems, including issues with how a person runs, stands, or walks.

Orthotics can likewise aid in treating foot pain due to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the right orthotic device can significantly delay or get rid of the need for surgical intervention for conditions like flat feet.

Different Kinds of Orthotic Devices

Accommodative orthotic appliances or soft orthotics are crafted from soft materials made for compression. They work by giving cushioning to remove pressure off achy or uncomfortable areas from problems like foot ulcers from diabetes or plantar fasciitis. These are inherently bulky so you may have to wear them with prescription shoes.

Functional orthotic devices or rigid orthotics are created from harder materials such as carbon fiber or durable plastic. They’re specifically developed for alleviating pain and strains in the lower back, thighs, ankles, and legs. This type of orthotic is best for dress shoes or closed footwear with low heels.

What Kind of Orthotic Should I Use?

This question is best answered by your podiatrist in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON location. During your consultation, your feet will be inspected thoroughly and 3D images of them will be taken. If your podiatrist determines that you require orthotics, a mold of your affected foot/feet will be taken to ensure an accurate fit.

The mold will then be sent to a professional who’ll fabricate the soft or rigid orthotic device for you. Make sure to go to follow-up visits with your podiatrist to help make certain that your orthotic device is working for you.

For More Details or Questions on Orthotics, Speak to Us

You can schedule an assessment with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates by dialing (905) 433-0200 to reach our Whitby ON office, (905) 568-3800 to reach our Mississauga ON office, or (519) 751-2900 to reach our Brantford ON office.

By Podiatry Associates
May 11, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  
A podiatrist/chiropodist is a regulated health care professional that specializes in any issues relating to the feet, ankles, and parts of the leg that connect to the ankle. Gout, arthritis, and flat feet are just a few issues that require the services of a podiatrist.
 
If you need a podiatrist in Whitby, Mississauga, or Brantford, contact Barry Noble,  Mark Bradley and Marilyn Bradley of The Podiatry Associates. They treat medical conditions related to the foot and prescribe orthotics if necessary.
 
You should see a podiatrist for orthotics if you experience the following problems:
  • Foot pain
  • Pain in the arch or heel
  • Flat feet
  • Foot deformities
Why Custom Made?
 
When you experience foot pain, you may be tempted to go to your local retail store and buy foot inserts. The problem with over-the-counter foot inserts is that they are designed to fit the majority of feet, not your specific needs. In time, over-the-counter inserts will lose their cushion and support and offer little or no functional control. On the other hand, if you visit our Mississauga office, your podiatrist/chiropodist can custom make orthotics for your unique foot issues. By using impressions, casts, or scans, we can create the best possible appliances for your foot.
 
Prescription orthotics correct the alignment of your feet and ankles, as well as prevent or treat abnormal movement or rolling of the feet. They also reduce pain, calluses, and discomfort by redistributing the pressure on the bottom of the foot.

 

Visit a Podiatrist/Chiropodist
 
Ankle and foot pain can make you miserable. If you have constant pain in the foot or ankle, it's time to see us.
 
Schedule an appointment with one of the podiatrists at The Podiatry Associates. Contact us today at one of our locations. We have offices in Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford. To reach our Whitby location at 905-433-0200. If you live in Mississauga, call us at 905-568-3800. To visit our Brantford office, call 519-751-2900.