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Going back to school and have foot pain? Consider this article from foothealthfacts.org.

After wearing flip-flops all summer, students head back to school with painful feet.  

The sounds of back to school season include the ringing of school bells and cash registers, the slamming of locker doors, the noisy ruckus of school hallways and cafeterias and the moans and groans of students over tests, homework, relationships, and increasingly, their aching feet.

Flip-flops are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they do not cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain is not normal and can be reduced or eliminated.

“People may not realize that even into your midteens, there’s new bone growing in your heel,” says Michael Cosenza, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in Ukiah, Calif. “Flip-flops don’t cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness.”

Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete’s foot and callus buildup on the heels and toes.

Podiatrists can usually reduce or eliminate students’ foot pain with simple treatment methods, including stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications and custom inserts.

Back-to-school season will always be painful for some students, but it need not involve foot pain.

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford specializes in custom orthotics for children and teens, not only for treating post-summer foot pain, but also many other pediatric foot conditions.

Treatment and prevention of adult flatfoot can reduce the incidence of additional foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and calluses, and improve a person’s overall health, according to research published in an issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Article and study reference from FootHealthFacts.org

Overweight males in white-collar jobs are most apt to suffer from adult flatfoot disorder, a progressive condition characterized by partial or total collapse of the arch, according to the research.  FootHealthFacts.org, the consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, notes that symptoms of adult flatfoot include pain, swelling, flattening of the arch and an inward rolling of the ankle. But because flatfoot is a progressive disorder by nature, the study suggests that neglecting treatment or preventive care can lead to arthritis, loss of function of the foot and other painful foot disorders.

“A Pes Planus foot type or Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking, often to the point where they tear and/or rupture,” says Langley foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Royden Stanford, DPM, AACFAS.

In many cases, flatfoot can be treated with non-surgical approaches including orthotic devices or bracing, immobilization, physical therapy, medication and shoe modifications. In some patients whose pain is not adequately relieved by conservative treatments, there are a variety of surgical techniques available to correct flatfoot and improve foot function.

As in most progressive foot disorders, early treatment for flatfoot disorder is also the patient’s best route for optimal success in controlling symptoms and additional damage to the feet. The goal is to keep patients active, healthy and as pain free as possible. Here at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford specializes in the biomechanics of the foot and produces a high quality custom orthotic device to meet the patient's treatment needs.

If you suspect you have a flatfoot disorder or have foot discomfort, call Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic for an evaluation. 

By Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic
August 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

A problem with your eyes can often be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Royden Stanford, a podiatrist at Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic in Langley, British Columbia, applies this same sort of treatment to your feet with orthotics. These devices are worn to Orthotics help restore comfort and function to people who have persistent foot problems such as heel pain. Learn more about orthotics in Langley, BC here:

What do orthotics do?

Orthotics, also called orthoses, are custom supports for the feet that help to correct a variety of problems. For those who visit their Langley podiatrist Dr. Stanford with heel pain from flat feet or plantar fasciitis, orthotics work to support the feet, relieve pressure points, correct their position and ultimately restore proper function. They are usually made to fit inside shoes and be worn for most of the day's activities.

How do I get orthotics? 

While there are over-the-counter shoe inserts, they are not "one-size-fits-all." Just as with glasses or contacts, you'll need a prescription for orthotics from your Langley podiatrist that will be custom made for your specific needs. Dr. Stanford starts by performing a thorough evaluation; this can include analyzing your gait, taking X-rays or other images of the feet, and considering your health history. Your Langley podiatrist will then take impressions of your feet, which are sent to a specialized laboratory and used to craft your custom orthotics. Depending on your condition, they may be made of rigid, semi-rigid or soft materials. You'll then come back to Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic to have them fitted and receive further instructions from Dr. Stanford.

If you'd like to learn more about how orthotics can alleviate your heel pain and improve your lifestyle, contact the podiatric professionals at Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic in Langley, BC for an evaluation.