Keeping Feet Naturally Healthy: A Podiatry Blog

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Keeping Feet Naturally Healthy: A Podiatry Blog

When I worked as a volunteer in a nursing home, I always worried so much about the residents' feet. Many of them had cracked, dry feet, and some of them had nerve issues, back pain due to feet issues and excessive swelling. In many cases, they waited so long to get care from a podiatrist that their feet were in a terrible state by the time they got help. I started to take care of their feet before they got too hurt, and while doing so I learned many natural care tips as well as when to call for help from a podiatrist. If you are an elder, work with elders or have general concerns about feet and podiatry, this blog is for you. Hi, my name is Opal, and I want to welcome you to this blog!

Top Benefits of Treating Heel Spurs With the Use of Orthotics

There are many different types of foot pain that you can be suffering from. Heel spurs are a more severe form of pain, but they can be treated in various ways. The use of orthotics is becoming a more common treatment option for the small growths that appear on the heel bone. Instead of undergoing a surgical procedure or choosing a treatment option that is more invasive, it is possible to feel pain relief with the use of insoles. Orthotics is the use of some type of orthotic insert that alters pronation of your arch. It is important that when you are considering various treatment options for heel spurs that you are aware of the benefits that are possible through the use of orthotics as the primary course of treatment.


The main cause of heel spurs is a lack of support for the arch of your foot. If you have an active lifestyle that involves a lot of movement, this can pronounce the pain even further. The plantar fascia ligament becoming strained is often what results in the formation of heel spurs. This means that if you have heel spurs, you also have a strained ligament within your foot. There is too much force being placed on the plantar fascia ligament and this results in the formation of the spurs on the heel. Orthotics are an effective treatment because they are designed to correct foot function due to the unique shape of the insole and the ability to take pressure off various parts of the heel and foot. An orthotic insert is designed to offer more support for the plantar fascia ligament and reduce the amount of stress that is placed on it. The entire foot has the ability to become realigned with the use of orthotics.


When your foot is not functioning in the proper way due to a ligament strain that results in heel spurs, it throws off weight distribution, which only makes the problem worse. The sore spot at the heel will not be feeling the most strain any more when you have a properly designed orthotic. The design of orthotics features a high arch for support, but also a deep heel cup that gives your ankle noticeably more security even if it is weakened due to the formation of heel spurs. There is even a metatarsal raise that is built into the design of orthotics to make sure that the ball of the foot does not develop pain due to overcompensating for heel pain.