Barbie Barnett took a role in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. Though the 43 year old teacher did not legitimately win, her private story can say otherwise. In 2009, Barnett’s right foot and lower part of her right leg became paralyzed while recuperating from back surgery. Barnett was enduring foot drop, or a feebleness in the strengths tangled in stimulating the front division of the foot.
With the help of an ankle-foot orthotic brace, Barnett has gradually learned to be able to walk again. “My brace helped me gain the mobility and independence,” Barnett said in reply to her treatment and contribution in the event, wanting to serve as a motivation to others suffering from a similar or the same disorder.
If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.
Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do
Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide 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 orthoses 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 have 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 located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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