Posts for tag: Orthotics

By Parkway Podiatry
June 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics don't just ease foot pain but can also reduce pain in your knees, hip and lower back. Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Gary SaphireOrthotics and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, discuss the benefits of orthotics.

Why are orthotics used?

Your feet help support your entire body. If they can't do their job effectively due to fallen arches, injuries, imbalances or other structural problems, you may soon experience pain from your ankles to your back. The pain occurs when abnormal stress is placed on these body parts due to improperly aligned feet.

Orthotics properly position your feet in your shoes and offer excellent support. Although they may look somewhat like the shoe inserts you can buy in stores, orthotics are designed by podiatrists to fit your feet and address your foot condition.

Who can needs orthotics?

You may benefit from orthotics if you suffer from:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries to your foot or leg
  • Structural problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain in your feet, ankles, legs, knees or hips

Orthotics can also help you avoid injuries if you're a runner or regularly participate in sports. When your foot is properly balanced in your shoe, you may be less likely to develop tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and other conditions when you run or exercise. They're a particularly good choice if you have diabetes. Orthotics eliminate pressure points that can cause diabetic ulcers. They can also prevent foot conditions, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis from worsening.

How long does it take to get orthotics?

Because orthotics are custom designed for your feet, you won't receive them the same day you visit our Brooklyn office. During your first appointment, we'll examine your feet, evaluate the way you walk and take images of your feet that will help us design orthotics that will help improve your foot issues. Once your orthotics are ready in a week or two, you'll begin wearing them on a gradual schedule that allows plenty of time to adjust to them.

Orthotics offer a simple way to correct structural foot issues and ease your pain. If they sound like a good solution for you, call our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment.

By Parkway Podiatry
June 22, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Wondering if orthotics could improve your foot health? Find out now!

It can be hard to go about your day-to-day tasks when you are dealing with foot pain and other ailments. If you are looking for ways to orthoticsimprove how your feet feel without changing your daily routine, it’s time you talked to your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, about getting orthotics.

What are orthotics and how do they work?

These custom-made shoe inserts are prescribed and made by our Brooklyn foot doctors. When they are custom-made, like we do right here in our office, we can change the way the foot rests in your shoes, providing better support and cushioning while standing, walking or even running. Orthotics also offer stability and shock absorption.

But I’m not an athlete. Can I benefit from orthotics?

Of course! While orthotics can be great for those who lead active lifestyles, it’s not meant specifically for them. You may want to get orthotics if you are dealing with any of these common foot problems:

  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Recurrent ankle or foot injuries
  • Chronic back, leg or knee pain
  • Flat feet and other structural abnormalities
  • Plantar fasciitis and other inflammatory conditions
  • Foot pain

Find out if your feet can benefit from orthotics by talking with our podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY.

Can’t I just buy orthotics over-the-counter?

While you can go to your local drugstore and grab a set of shoe inserts, you don’t want to mistake them for the kind of orthotics we make. In fact, if you are dealing with a specific problem you are better off seeing us to find out if orthotics can treat your symptoms. Unfortunately, because these commercial orthotics aren’t tailored to your feet and its specific needs, it could actually make your condition worse.

Ready to discover the relief that custom orthotics can provide you? Then it’s time to call Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY to schedule your next appointment with us. Your feet will be happy you did!

Learn how orthotics could make physical activities easier and comfortable again.

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a serious athlete, there are many people who can benefit from orthotics. In fact, you don’t evenOrthotics have to be physically active in order to enjoy the many advantages that getting orthotics from your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists Drs. Gary Saphire and Asher Rudowsky can afford you. Find out what conditions orthotics can improve and whether they are right for you.

What is orthotics?

These orthopedic inserts help to provide additional support to the foot and to alter the foot’s function to treat or reduce symptoms associated with common foot disorders. While you can purchase over-the-counter orthotics at your local drugstore, they don’t offer the same superior fit, comfort and treatment that prescription orthotics from your Brooklyn, NY podiatrist can. In fact, many of these commercial orthotics can actually make conditions worse.

What are the different kinds of orthotics?

There are two main types of orthotics: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are used to support the foot, provide shock absorption while running or walking and to stabilize the foot and ankle. They can also be used to correct foot deformities. These orthotics are often made from more rigid materials like plastic polymer.

Accommodative orthotics, on the other hand, are often made from softer materials and are used on patients who are experiencing foot pain, shin splints, and gait problems to help reduce discomfort.

When are orthotics right for me?

Many patients, no matter what their age, can often benefit from wearing orthotics. Orthotics is a great way to reduce pain and discomfort and correct foot structure. There are many conditions that are indicative of a foot misalignment. If you are dealing with any of these issues than it might be time to talk to your podiatrist in Brooklyn, NY about orthotics:

  • Bunions
  • Heel, knee or lower back pain
  • Flat feet
  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Arthritis
  • Gait abnormalities

Ready to find out if orthotics could improve your foot health? We want to help make your day-to-day activities easier on you, so call your Brooklyn, NY podiatrist at Parkway Podiatry and give your feet the tender loving care they so deserve.