Baseball player David Ross made a simple mistake that cost him attending the practice game against Tampa Bay. Ross aggravated a previous tendon injury due to wearing orthotics and insoles at the same time. According to Ross, doing this caused Ross’ foot injury to flare up again. “It was bothering me in the offseason,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I can run straight, but I can’t really turn really good. The ligament in there has been kind of aggravated.” On a good note, an MRI showed that Ross’s tendon hadn’t sustained any further damage, with coaches expecting him to be on the field in little time.
Orthotics are physical aids that can assist those with conditions and injuries of the foot, ankle and legs. If you are injured or think you may need orthotics, see podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can determine the best orthotic for you and your needs.
What is Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.
Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthotic is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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