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Give Your Feet the Best – Orthotics

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Most people tend to think that orthotic inserts and devices are for the elderly. However, people of all ages can use orthotics to treat or manage many different foot conditions such as flat feet, sports injuries, arthritis, heel and arch painankle sprainsfractures, back pain, bunionsneuromas, and more.

Dr. John C. Marzano, at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, strongly recommends the use of orthotic inserts to help your feet in many ways, especially by:

  • Providing the necessary support to your foot arches.
  • Enhancing stability in your movement.
  • Ensuring balance.
  • Fixing your gait.
  • Preventing any bone or joint deformity.
  • Providing cushion to your heels and relieving them from pain.
  • Absorbing shocks from sudden movements, especially while playing sports.

Even children can overcome most foot-related problems using customized orthotic inserts. They are tailor-made to address any prevalent conditions and built to fit various foot shapes and sizes. However, since children’s feet grow fast, the orthotics are also likely to be modified and replaced frequently so that their feet do not suffer.

If you are overweight or have a physically strenuous routine, your feet, especially the heels and the arches, are likely to hurt because of excessive pressure. In such cases, orthotics can provide relief by distributing your body weight more evenly or optimally.

If you feel uneasy while walking or experience difficulty moving due to any foot pain, schedule an appointment with our experts without delay. Timely examination, diagnosis, and treatment can save your feet from long-lasting harm and damage. Feel free to contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our podiatry office conveniently located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, for further information.

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Rise of Foot Pain in Quarantine

The state of New York saw its share of the Coronavirus pandemic. As we re-open and wait patiently for the virus to subside, we at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C, have noticed an increase of patients experiencing foot pain.

Whether you are outdoors or quarantining at home, good foot health is paramount to your overall health and wellness. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. John C. Marzano, has traced some of the common sources of foot pain, which include:

  • Overuse and repetitive motions
  • Biomechanical dysfunction of the feet
  • Footwear

During self-quarantine, many people switched to wearing their slippers 24/7. And why not? They are comfy and are easy to put on and take off. But what’s important to know is that slippers are not designed like shoes. They rarely offer any cushioning, arch, or heel support that your feet need. Similarly, many people are avoiding shoes altogether and walking barefoot. Without proper support, feet often experience pain or discomfort, and this can transfer to other parts of the body.

If you have been wearing slippers or going barefoot for extended periods during much of your quarantined period, you may experience issues in different areas of your feet.

  • A typical mule-style slipper can cause an increased risk of ankle sprains and sore feet due to little or no side support.
  • The lack of arch support in most slippers can lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia (a band like tissue that connects your heel to the front of your foot), causing pain in the heel, arch, or both.
  • Joint deformities or pain in your toe joints, especially if you are wearing slides. You subconsciously keep your toes tense to make sure the slides don’t slip off. This can lead to problems such as hammertoes

You don’t have to suffer from foot pain. You can find the highest level of skilled and compassionate care at the office of Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C. For more information on foot health and the many services we provide, call Dr. Marzano at (914) 423-0600 for an appointment today. Feel free to visit our health library and blog section for more extensive information on podiatry related topics.