orthotics3Josette Norris of Tenafly is off the track and on the road to recovery after sustaining an injury to her plantar fascia. One of the top runners in the nation, Norris ruptured her right plantar fascia during the XC Meet of Champions in November 2013. In spite of suffering the injury, Norris remains positive regarding her recovery.
``I actually just got my boot off on Monday,'' said Norris. ``Very nice considering I was in it for a month and five days, but I can't run just yet. The foot is healing very well though, and I'm continuing my water training and actually tried the Alter-G treadmill this week, which is pretty awesome. Going to continue both of that the next two weeks and go from there. I also got orthotics for my foot, so I'm going to get used to that these next few weeks and walk around in my sneakers. I walked a mile on the track today.'' Though Norris is determined to race this season, the time estimate to her return is still up in the air.

There are many different types of ankle foot orthotics available which may require custom fitting. If you believe you are a candidate for ankle foot orthotics, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz will examine your feet and help you determine what orthotics is right for you.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provides support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics has improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Athens, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Children Fitted for Shoes by Shoe Drive

Joshua Ledbetter gets fitted for shoes by Master Mason James White. (Contributed)The Alabama Free Masons worked alongside other charitable organizations for an annual drive to provide foster children new footwear. At the drive about 100 children had their feet measured to make way for some new shoes.

“Some of our families, they have six to eight children,” said Kim Mashego, who directs the Shelby County Department of Human Resources. “[The shoe fitting] assists them to being able to meet the needs of the children in the home.” The program raised money for the new shoes through fundraising and reception of donations.

Keeping your child’s feet healthy is crucial for development. Seek out podiatrist Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can keep your child’s feet healthy while providing you with any treatment options for any troubles your child may have.

How to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy

Throughout childhood, it is very crucial for children to have and maintain good health and proper care of their feet. With good foot health starting at an early age, foot problems and diseases can be prevented in the future. As children continue to develop so do their feet, and require different techniques of care and maintenance.

Even though babies do not begin walking until later stages, their feet should be taken care of properly:

  • Stay away from socks that are too tight for your baby’s feet. This can cause pain and allow less circulation
  • Encourage your baby to move their feet as much as possible so they feel comfortable with them

When your baby begins to learn how to walk, do not panic if they are unsteady on their feet. Toddlers are just getting used to the way in which their feet work so wobbliness is completely acceptable.
When your child grows out of their toddler years, here are a few steps they should take to stay with good health within their feet:

  • Practice proper hygiene with them
  • Be observant of any injuries that might occur
  • If an injury does occur, get it checked out by a doctor immediately
  • Make sure your child is always wearing protective and comfortable shoes even at play

If you have any questions, please contact one our office in Athens, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The Effects of Diabetes Can Last

Diabetic Foot CareHealth care experts at Southeastern Wound Healing Center, and members of the Healogics network state that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg due to diabetes.

“The disease is responsible for being the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents”, according to Southeastern Health. Unfortunately, diabetics face challenges when it comes to healing their ailments. “Not only is their circulation diminished, but they also have an impaired ability to sense the earliest stages of foot injury due to disease-associated nerve damage," said Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs for Healogics, Inc. Physicians at SWHC recommend people with diabetes make a daily routine of inspecting their feet and seek immediate care if any wounds suffer an increase in pain.

Do you suffer from diabetes? Seek out podiatrist Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can keep your feet healthy while providing you with any treatment options for any diabetes-related complications.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.

Caring for Diabetic Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.

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NFL Player Unhinged by Plantar Fasciitis

Hi-res-186043428-jimmy-graham-of-the-new-orleans-saints-reacts-after_crop_northNFL player Jimmy Graham might have suffered a torn plantar fascia in his foot, but the team has no intention of keeping him off the field. During the eighth week of the season Graham scored two touchdowns, almost making it seem like there was no problem, not even to coaches or drafters.

However, Graham’s condition is not likely to heal as the season progresses. Some experts believe that as long as the Saints keep playing him, Graham’s injury is going to get worse. Graham could either opt for surgery to correct the problem, or allow the tissue to tear on its own, which will have similar effects but be more painful.

If you sustained a sports related foot or ankle injury, be sure to contact podiatrist Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can help treat your injuries and guide you on the road to recovery.

Playing Sports With Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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