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By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
July 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are special inserts placed inside the shoes to correct a variety of foot problems, as well as alleviate the pain or discomfort orthoticsassociated with those conditions. Some types of orthotics are available over-the-counter, but they only treat minor symptoms. Custom orthotics are available through your podiatrist and can treat a wider range of foot problems, as well as provide superior results versus over-the-counter products. At Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Angelo Pace is your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor for custom orthotics.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are special shoe inserts customized to your feet for correcting a specific foot condition or problem. Some custom orthotics provide cushioning to protect your feet from the impact of such activities as running, walking, or exercising. Other types of custom orthotics provide additional support in the arch of the foot for patients with insufficient natural arches. Custom orthotics correct foot positioning and alleviate foot strain. Incorrect foot positioning puts a strain on the feet and leads to pain and discomfort.

Your Alexandria foot doctor can recommend the appropriate type of custom orthotic for you. Custom orthotics are available in three main types:

  • Rigid Orthotics — Correct and control foot positioning when walking and alleviate pain and discomfort in the legs and lower back.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics — Correct foot positioning and improve foot balance while participating in athletic activities. Also helpful for treating children with flat feet.
  • Soft Orthotics — Provide cushioned support, absorb shock, and alleviate pressure on sensitive areas, such as the balls of the feet. An effective option for patients with diabetes, arthritis in the feet, or foot deformities.

Custom orthotics are right for you if you suffer from any type of foot condition that is putting a strain on your feet and causing pain and discomfort. Custom orthotics are perfectly tailored to your feet and can be used to treat a variety of foot conditions. To learn more about how custom orthotics can help you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, by calling Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center at (703) 971-7100.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Do your feet and legs ache after standing or walking, even if you don't walk that far? Orthotics may help ease your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace orthoticsof Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, explains how orthotics can help you.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts placed in your shoes. Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore inserts, orthotics are molded to fit your feet and are designed to address your particular foot issues. Prescription orthotics are also much more durable than over-the-counter inserts, provide better support for your feet than over-the-counter inserts and last years rather than months.

How do orthotics relieve pain?

The proper alignment of your body depends on the condition of your feet. If you have a weak arch or foot imbalance, your entire body can suffer. Pain in the feet, ankle, legs, hips and back can be a sign of a foot problem that can be easily corrected simply by wearing orthotics in your shoes. Orthotics improve the position of your foot, ensuring that it provides a stable foundation for your entire body.

During your visit to our Alexandria office, Dr. Pace will examine your feet, review your medical history and watch the way you walk to determine if you have any issues that affect your gait. If you can benefit from orthotics, measurements and 3D images of your feet will be used to create orthotics that will decrease your pain and improve your comfort. There is an adjustment period when you first begin wearing orthotics. Initially, you may only wear the inserts for a few hours a day. As you get used to the inserts, you'll wear them for longer periods of time.

Will orthotics help me?

Orthotics can be helpful if you suffer from:

  • Pain in your heels, feet, ankle, knees, hips or back
  • Weak arches
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Foot imbalances or structural abnormalities
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic pain from a previous foot or ankle injury
  • Aches and pains when standing for hours

Orthotics can ease your foot and ankle pain. Find out if you can benefit from orthotics by scheduling a visit with Dr. Pace of Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, YA. Call (703) 971-7100 to make an appointment for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
July 05, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

What is causing my foot pain? How should I treat it? Learn the answers to these questions and more from your Alexandria podiatry.

The first and most ideal treatment for pain is a non-invasive solution. Orthotics are a common non-invasive treatment that your foot doctor may recommend if you’re experiencing foot problems. Find out if orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria can help you with your foot or ankle-related discomfort.Orthotics

About Foot Pain
If you’re feeling persistent pain in your feet, it’s important that you get the problem diagnosed first. Sometimes it’s simply due to overworking on a particular day or wearing a bad pair of shoes. In some cases, it could be a condition like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Patients most often experience pain at the balls of their feet, at the arch, at the base of the heel and around the toes. Some of these issues can be resolved with orthotics.

What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts that are made to fit inside of your shoes to give you better support and balance. There are three main types of orthotics that may be suggested and custom designed by your Alexandria foot doctor:

  • Rigid (very firm and designed to provide support to the area under the ankle joint).
  • Soft (cushioned feel and designed to relieve pressure on sore areas of the feet).
  • Semi-rigid (a firm and cushioned insert that provides optimal balance, especially for athletes).

How Can Orthotics Help with Pain?
Orthotics help position your feet so that you will walk better, which eventually helps relieve pain. In many cases of foot pain, the patient walks in a way that repetitively puts pressure on a certain area of the foot. They also give optimal support to patients who have to stand for long periods of time. It’s important to have the orthotics custom-made by a doctor to ensure that they are properly formed to fit your unique foot shape.

Call for Answers and Relief from Foot Pain
Your Alexandria podiatrist can tell you if orthotics will help with your foot pain. Call (703) 971-7100 today to schedule an initial exam at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
January 26, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

If you are suffering from painful and/or debilitating foot and ankle issues you are probably trying to decide how best to treat your condition. No one wants to be even temporarily disabled, but few people want to undergo intense therapies or major treatments unless it orthoticsis necessary.

Fortunately, there is a spectrum of treatment options available. One option is custom orthotics.

Orthotics are inserts such as soles, insteps, heel liners and foot cushions. Podiatrists will often prescribe orthotics to treat such conditions like plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, and diabetic-related foot, heel, and ankle issues.

According to the American Podiatric Medicine Association, there are two types of orthotics: Functional Orthotics, which are designed to correct or control abnormal motion and Accommodative Orthotics which are designed to provide additional comfort and support.

While one can buy over-the-counter orthotics, they are obviously limited in effectiveness; a store bought sole insert, for example, is not going to be particularly effective in alleviating flat feet.

But are custom orthotics right for you? That’s a decision that should be made with the help of a qualified podiatrist. However, the APMA does note that several clinical studies have shown that podiatrist prescribed orthotics do decrease foot pain and increase function.

A couple of questions you should consider are:

  • How is your overall health?
  • Is your condition such that orthotics would even be appropriate?
  • What is the purpose? Different people have different activity levels and therefore different needs.

If you have a condition that does not require more intense treatment such as surgery, custom orthotics might be a good option for you. Your podiatrist will carefully examine and evaluate your feet and ankles to ensure that custom orthotics will work for you. Once this is done, whatever orthotic devices your podiatrist prescribes are custom made specifically for you to treat your condition.

If you are in the Alexandria, VA area and are looking for information regarding custom orthotics or have any other questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet and ankles, contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center has two locations, at 6355 Walker Lane and 2616 Sherwood Hall, Suite 401, both in Alexandria. For more information call the Walker Lane office at 703-971-7100 or the Sherwood Lane office at 703-360-9292, or visit the website at www.advpacefootandankle.com.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
August 25, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Has standing, walking or running become increasingly painful or uncomfortable? If so, your podiatrist at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, Angelo Pace, DPM, may recommend orthotics. Orthotics are custom inserts you place within your shoe that can help realign your foot, better accommodate foot deformities, improve foot and ankle functionality, and reduce pain and discomfort.Orthotics

How Do Orthotics Work?

Orthotics work by changing the way the foot strikes the bottom of the shoe. Some orthotics provide extra cushioning and support while others rotate or adjust the angle of the foot. Some help improve balance, while others redistribute foot pressure. Every orthotic is different. Your podiatrist at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria can help you find just the right orthotics for you.

What Conditions Do Orthotics Treat?

Orthotics come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges and can be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions and complaints. For example, orthotics can be used to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, shin splints, Morton's neuromas and plantar fasciitis. They can decrease the pain and discomfort associated with bunions, corns, calluses, flatfoot and hammer toe. They can be even be used to help prevent ankle sprains, sports injuries and foot, knee and hip pain.

What Benefits do Orthotics Offer?

While orthotics are not right for everyone, they can make a significant difference in the physical function and well-being of those who do benefit from them. For example, orthotics can reduce pain and discomfort, improve balance, and reduce the risk of injury. They come in a wide variety of prices to accommodate almost any budget, they are noninvasive, and they are not permanent.

If you are currently suffering from foot-related pain or discomfort and are wondering if orthotics may be right for you, today is a great day to find out. Call Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria to set up an appointment with Dr. Pace today.

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Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is a podiatrist focusing on podiatric procedures such as bunions, heel pain, and orthotics.
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