Wednesday, April 15, 2020

In this time of "social distancing" due to COVID-19, it is important that we try to maintain our physical health as much as possible.  A good way to do this is through walking.  As most us now have more time and as spring weather approaches, it should be easier to enjoy a nice walk.  We should be cautioned though not to increase our walking too much, too soon.  By increasing the lengths of our walks too rapidly,we can injure ourselves.  This can be characterized by muscle strain, heel pain, arch pain or just plain fatigue.  It is important to wear shoes or sneakers in good condition, well fitting, with good room in the toe-box, good cushioning, and good support.  Light stretching both before and after walking may prevent muscle strain and injury.  Be careful and stay safe.

Friday, February 28, 2020

                                                                      Old Orthotics ?

                     Many of us have been wearing orthotics for many years with great success in relieving foot pain.  After a while though, the orthotics gradually break down and loses their effectiveness.  Although the orthotics look the same, they gradually lose their resilience and support.  This change is of course gradual and easily ignored until the discomfort returns to the heel or arch.  Depending on the size of the person and activity level, the orthotics generally remain effective between 2-7 years.  If you have been wearing orthotics for for a number of years, and you feel they are not as effective as they once were, it may be time to replace them.  Our office would be happy to evaluate your old orthotics.