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By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
June 15, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Turn to a podiatrist to find out more about orthotics and their benefits

If you are dealing with sore, tired, and achy feet you may be wondering whether you should turn to a podiatrist for custom orthotics. Custom or prescription orthotics are far more effective than those over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all orthotics you’ll find at your local drugstore. Luckily, podiatrists craft orthotics to fit your needs and your feet, so they are tailored to you. Here are the types of custom orthotics that are available.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are in-shoe devices that help to correct structural abnormalities within the foot that may impact how the foot, ankle, leg, and hip function. Prescription orthotics are specially crafted by a foot and ankle specialist to correct issues you’re dealing with, manage symptoms and improve movement overall.

What are the types of custom orthotics?

Orthotics are categorized as accommodative or functional,

Accommodative orthotics

These types of orthotics are most often recommended for those who are dealing with injuries, pain, and other similar problems that may require additional cushioning and support. These orthotics are typically made from a soft, flexible material, making them more about comfort than functionality (even though they may be able to control abnormal movements, as well). Accommodative orthotics are often best for,

  • Calluses and corns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers or diabetic feet
  • Arch support
  • Heel pain
  • Chronic pain

Functional orthotics

This orthotic is made from a semi-rigid or rigid material, making it the ideal option for correcting faulty biomechanics and gait issues within the feet. Functional orthotics can help stabilize the foot and ankle and may be an ideal option for athletes as well as those who are prone to tendonitis, bursitis, hip pain, and shin splints. Of course, if you aren’t sure which type of orthotic is right for you, you should speak with your podiatrist.

What goes into getting orthotics?

Before getting custom orthotics, your podiatrist will need to perform a comprehensive assessment of the foot, ankles, knees, and hips to understand what structural or functional issues you’re dealing with. This examination is straightforward and non-invasive. From there, a plaster cast of your foot will be made to help craft your custom-fitted orthotics. Once your orthotics are ready, you’ll come back into the office to have them fitted.

Most people can benefit from custom orthotics. If you want to find out which type of orthotics are right for you and how they could support your feet, talk with your podiatrist today.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 27, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Have your feet been bothering you? Foot health is important to your overall well-being, especially when you spend hours of every day walking, standing, and moving from place to place. If you are a runner or work on your feet, you may have aches or pains in your feet, hips, or back. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons of Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists offer custom orthotics in Bellefontaine, and Springfield, OH, also serving London, OH. their goal is to relieve foot pain and improve your posture.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made devices designed to support your feet and relieve foot conditions that may be plaguing you. They are then worn in your shoes every day.

They will be designed and crafted for you after a complete evaluation of your legs, ankles, and feet. After going over your medical history, your podiatrist will use state-of-the-art technology to measure your feet and understand the way you move to ensure your orthotics address all your concerns and needs.

Why Choose Custom Orthotics?

Orthotics can be purchased over the counter, but they will not address your concerns in the way that your podiatrist can with custom devices. Podiatrists use orthotics to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. Below you will find some of the common issues that custom orthotics can help with:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Foot, ankle, and hip pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Pinched nerve

Contact Your Doctor

To learn more about getting custom orthotics, schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jennings, or Dr. Simmons at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine, and Springfield, OH, also serving London, OH. You can reach us by calling (937) 599-3668 or (937) 322-3346 today.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Here are some helpful tips for caring for your feet with diabetes.

If you have diabetes then you know that your feet are prone to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications if you aren’t careful. Apart from managing your condition through a healthy lifestyle and medication, there are also additional ways to keep your diabetic feet safe from dealing with problems. While our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons love seeing their patients, and would rather prevent problems from happening to their patients in the first place. Here’s how,

Keep Blood Sugar Under Control

One of the best things you can do to prevent health complications is to make sure that you have your diabetes in check. This involves working with your team of doctors, Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons, to make sure that your medication and your current lifestyle are keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy, normal range.

Perform Daily Foot Checkups

While you should visit our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists a few times a year to make sure your feet are healthy, it’s incredibly important that you check your feet every day. Take a few minutes to examine all areas of your feet, from the back of the heel to under the toenails. You should look for,

  • Blisters
  • Corns and calluses
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discolorations
  • Deformities
  • Pain
  • Warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal infections
  • Cuts and open wounds

Any problems should be addressed by a qualified medical professional right away to prevent further complications.

Get the Blood Flowing

Our bodies weren’t meant to sit at a desk all day. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you are getting your body up and moving. When sitting it’s a good idea to elevate your feet (never cross your legs, which can restrict blood flow). Wiggle your toes for about 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Get up and moving every 30 minutes to boost circulation in your feet.

Wear Supportive Footwear

You want shoes that are going to cushion and support your feet while also protecting them from injury and other issues. It’s important that you wear proper shoes and socks and that you never go barefoot, even if you are in the comfort of your own home. Wearing shoes can prevent injuries that you may not even feel, especially if you have nerve damage in your feet. Talk with our podiatrist about shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes.

Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists is the premier foot and ankle practice in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH. If you are dealing with diabetes and want a podiatrist that understands your feet’s unique health needs, call us today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH to schedule a consultation.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 05, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how to treat heel pain yourself and when to see a podiatrist.

Whether you are an avid runner or just someone who likes going to the gym occasionally, it can be challenging to do these everyday activities when faced with heel pain. Did you take that run just a little too far yesterday? Did you suddenly intensify your exercise regime? Then your heels might be screaming out for sweet relief. Here’s how to tackle heel pain before seeing a podiatrist.

What causes heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis is typically the cause of most heel pain. While the name might seem a bit intimidating, don’t worry! Symptoms can often be managed through simple at-home remedies such as,

  • Performing specific foot stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve function.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication to soothe pain and inflammation temporarily.
  • Avoid high-impact activities, which will often only exacerbate the condition and lead to further inflammation.
  • Splint the foot or wear shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide arch support.
  • Consider corticosteroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which may also be helpful for those dealing with more severe or stubborn pain.

When should I call my podiatrist?

While you may not want to immediately rush to call your podiatrist at the first bout of pain, you mustn’t ignore a potentially serious issue. You should turn to a podiatrist if,

  • You have severe heel pain or swelling
  • You can’t point your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
  • You also notice numbness or a tingling sensation in the heel accompanied by pain
  • You experience sudden pain that occurs right after an injury
  • You have diabetes or have neuropathy in your feet
  • You have been trying at-home treatment options for a week, and there are no changes to your symptoms

If rest and home care haven’t been enough to manage your heel pain, it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can help.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
April 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

When should you turn to a podiatrist for care?

There are many reasons why people turn to podiatrists. After all, our feet and ankles deserve the same lovin’ care that you provide to the rest of your body. Wondering if it’s time to see a podiatrist (chances are good you could benefit from a visit)? You may want to turn to one for,

Injury Prevention

You turn to your dentist for routine checkups to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening so why wouldn’t you do the same thing with a podiatrist? By coming in once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, a podiatrist can examine your feet, discuss your lifestyle and determine if there are additional measures you should be taking to prevent injuries and other foot problems. A podiatrist can be as much preventive as they can be a great source for treatment. Athletes and active individuals can particularly benefit from undergoing preventive care with a podiatrist.

Bunion Treatment

Bunions are common foot deformities that can continue to enlarge and impact the structure and function of your feet. A podiatrist wants to prevent individuals from needing surgery in the future, which means coming in the minute you suspect that you have a bunion so that they can provide simple lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the deformity. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving bunion symptoms.

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Dealing with an injury? If so, you definitely want to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can diagnose and treat the injury. While you may be able to treat minor injuries on your own with rest and home care, it’s often best to play it safe and turn to an expert who can figure out the extent of the injury so you can get the customized care you deserve.

Persistent Joint Pain

Dealing with painful, stiff or inflamed joints in your foot or ankle that won’t go away? This could be a sign of arthritis, a progressive chronic condition that can cause permanent joint damage if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage it. A podiatrist can craft the perfect treatment plan to improve your symptoms, which may include medications to slow the progression of the disease. A podiatrist is going to be the best medical professional to have on your treatment plan if you have arthritis.

When in doubt, call your local podiatrist to find out if the issues or concerns you’re facing require a professional opinion. A podiatrist can answer your questions, diagnose your issues and provide you with the treatment you need.