orthotic support for athletes

Common Prognoses

The orthotics at dubides are a great way to relieve and even prevent foot pain. 70% of the population suffer from some degree of flat foot deformity. This condition often leads to injuries and can even progress to other foot deformities. The repetitive overpronation of the foot may be the cause of your

*Bunions

*Hammertoes

*Neuromas

*Haglunds deformity

*Ankle and knee pain

*Calluses

*Shin Splints

*Plantar faciitis/heel pain

 

Bunions

It is estimated that bunions occur in 33% of the population in western countries. If you are one of these lucky individuals you may notice an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of your big toe. This enlargement causes friction and pressure as it rubs against your shoes. You may notice the skin over your toe becomes red and tender and because this joint flexes with every step you take, everyday walking may become painful.

Bunions originate due to bone deformities and will not resolve by themselves. The goal for bunion treatment is twofold. The first is to relieve pressure and pain. The second is to stop any progressive growth of the enlarged joint. The following may be useful tips for you to try.

*Use of protective padding to eliminate friction in footwear

*Removal of corns and calluses on the foot

*Make sure you are wearing carefully fitted footwear

*Use of orthotics to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position

*Exercise to maintain joint mobility

*It may be necessary to see a podiatrist for more aggressive treatment options

Heel and Arch Pain

During the natural motion of walking and running many of us have feet that roll inward. If this pronation is excessive it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch and puts tension on the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Over time, this causes inflamation and a condition called Plantar Faciitis or heel spur. The bad news is this condition can be quite painful, but the good news is it is often successfully treated with conservative measures. The use of anti-inflamatory medications, icepacks, stretching exercises and orthotics can be effective treatments. Note: (Please consult your physician before taking any medications.)

Corns and Calluses

We often think of corns and calluses as an unsightly nuisance, but they are actually protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. Corns are found on the toes and calluses on the soles or bottom of your foot. If your corns or calluses are causing pain or are burning during your workout there are a few helpful tips to get you some relief.

*Protect the affected area with moleskin or padding which will alleviate friction and pressure.

*Never try to cut corns or calluses with any instrument without the direction of a health care provider.

Blisters

We have all battled the pain of a blister at some point in our life. Whether you are breaking in a new pair of shoes or you over did it on a long hike we have a few useful tips to help get your blisters healed.

*Do not remove the skin over a broken blister. The new skin that forms underneath needs this protective cover and it is our body’s natural bandage.

*If your blister has filled with fluid new skin will form underneath and the fluid build up will simply be absorbed back into the tissue. Do not puncture a blister unless it is large, painful or likely to be further irritated.

*If you decide that you must pop your blister use a sterilized needle. Wash the area thoroughly, and then make a small hole and gently squeeze out the clear fluid. If the fluid is white or yellow, the blister is infected and needs medical attention.

*Apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide and cover the area with a bandage and mild compression

Preventing Blisters

Most blisters on the feet are caused by friction from footwear. You can prevent this by breaking in new shoes gradually, and putting petroleum jelly or a bandage over areas that are rubbing.

Acrylic and other synthetic-fiber socks are the best choices. Wear socks that have heals instead of tube socks. Tube socks can bunch up causing blisters. Be sure to wash and dry your feet well and keep an eye out for signs of bacterial infections, such as athlete’s foot.

Hammertoes

If your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th toe has begun to resemble a hammer, you may have a deformity known as hammertoe. In this condition the toe is bent at the middle joint, and if left untreated can become inflexible and require surgery. If you have hammertoes may also have formed corns and calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. You may also feel pain in your toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.

Muscle imbalance and improperly fitting she’s are the primary cause of this condition. Treatment may be as simple as wearing shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and doing some toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Over the counter cushions or non-medicated corn pads may also help relieve symptoms.