Spring Into St. Patrick’s Day With Less Foot Pain
St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon, along with its parades, celebrations and time with friends and family. It is also a day that is spent on your feet, and it could be a challenging time if you have foot pain as you stand or walk. There may be several underlying factors that require an evaluation for new orthotics or refabrication of your current ones.
There are simple and more complex causes for foot and other pain as you stand or walk. Some of these are due to a fallen arch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes irritated or strained and causes heel pain. Osteoarthritis attacks the cartilage of your foot’s joints as they wear down and causes pain. There are many other minor issues causing pain that can be addressed through the use of orthotics.
Complex issues that may require the use of orthotics include diabetes, impaired circulation, peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s disease and others. No matter the source of your pain, it’s important to be evaluated by orthotic professionals so that you can have footwear that is customized to your needs.
Custom Orthotics Evaluation and Refabrication
Medical-grade orthotics require a careful evaluation of your current condition(s). Over the course of an appointment, a highly trained specialist will take a look at several areas while listening to your concerns and pain history. If an orthotic solution is the best option to raise your comfort level, the specialist will take an impression of your feet and design an orthotic that is custom-fitted to reduce your foot, knee, back or other pain.
If you are a current orthotics user, your orthotics may require refurbishment or repair as you use them more frequently over time. Replacement is not always necessary since there are several techniques that can be used to breathe new life into them. This saves you money and adds years of use to eligible orthotics, so don’t throw them away before having them evaluated for refurbishment.
The good news is that specialty socks also provide relief and comfort for a wide variety of medical and non-medical conditions. You can use them for something as simple as recovery after a workout or to prevent bacterial growth and reduce pain if you are diabetic. These socks come in various sizes and lengths to achieve their designed benefits.
Compression socks provide support and light pressure to ankles and legs. This increases blood flow, which provides increased oxygen and other nutrients that promote healing. These socks also reduce swelling and the pain caused by it. Specialty socks are available with varying amounts of compression to adjust to different foot and leg sizes. Almost anyone can benefit from these socks, and an orthotic specialist can help find the right ones for you.
The circulatory advantages of specialty socks assist athletes in maintaining the health of their legs. Increased blood flow in the feet and legs promotes healing after a workout or competition and reduces overall recovery time. This decreases the risk of many injuries, ranging from sprains to pulled muscles to ligament tears.
Specialty socks also help at work. If you have a job where you do much standing, then it’s possible that blood will accumulate in your legs and feet. This causes swelling and pain that make your day feel longer. Over time, this also increases the risk of injuries and time off work. Specialty socks compress your lower legs and force blood to circulate through them and back up to your heart. If you sit at work all day, it is also important to wear specialty socks that encourage circulation to avoid potential issues. These issues include deep vein thrombosis, a disease that results in potentially deadly blood clots when people sit for very long periods of time.
Diabetics suffer from circulatory problems that cause damage to blood vessels that nurture vital organs, limbs and other areas of the body. Compression socks promote blood circulation to reduce swelling and help compensate for weakened blood vessels. They also reduce pain as swelling subsides. Recent advances in “smart socks” for diabetics even include a special antibacterial thread that protects skin while reducing moisture.
Orthotics provide many benefits and relief to people who have pain when walking or standing. Their custom design by trained specialists offers a comfortable option to help you raise your quality of life, be more productive and do more things with friends and family — such as enjoying the festivities this St. Patrick’s Day.