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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

The Importance of Ankle-Foot Orthosis for Various Ankle Issues

Ankle-foot orthosis, or AFO, is the most commonly prescribed orthosis for individuals with foot drop and various ankle and foot problems. This medical device supports the foot and ankle, improving stability and mobility. Made from lightweight, durable materials such as plastic, carbon fiber, or a combination, AFOs provide a custom fit tailored to the patient's specific needs. They function by holding the foot in a fixed position, preventing it from dragging while walking, thereby reducing the risk of tripping. AFOs are essential for individuals with conditions like a stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness. By offering essential support and enhancing gait, AFOs significantly improve the quality of life for those with foot drop and related ankle and foot issues. If you have a specific ankle condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if an ankle-foot orthosis is the right choice for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Brian Doerr, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Fort Meyers, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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