Your feet are small, considering they have to support the entire height and weight of your body. But they can cause big problems.
Each step you take involves a remarkably intricate network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. That complexity—combined with all the weight they carry—accounts for why feet can be so prone to problems, including bone fractures, arthritis and plantar fasciitis, or other painful conditions.
If left untreated, foot problems may worsen. Eventually, the pain could interfere with your ability to do even the most basic things like walking upstairs or down the street.
If pain alters the way you walk, it can lead to pain in your knees, hips and back as well. These problems can multiply, limiting your activity and affecting your quality of life.
The good news is that most foot disorders can be treated with physical therapy and often, foot orthoses.
Custom Orthotic Inserts
After a thorough initial evaluation, foot orthoses may be an appropriate treatment. Foot orthoses (commonly called orthotics) can be helpful in a number of ways:
- They can put the foot and ankle in better alignment.
- They can help the foot better disperse stress during walking or running.
- They can help cushion and support hypomobile (stiff or rigid) segments of the foot.
- They can stabilize area of the foot that might be hypermobile (have too much mobility).
- They can help redistribute forces on the foot & ankle to alleviate pain.
Get Your Own Personalized Treatment Plan & Orthoses
Everyone is different so a detailed assessment of your condition is your best choice. Over-the-counter or custom orthoses are appropriate for some patients and others don’t need them at all.
The best thing to do is schedule some time with us so we can show you how we can help.
Physical Therapist, Biomechanical Specialist, Custom Foot Orthotic Specialist
Phyllis graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in 1985. She began her career at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) as a staff therapist. Following extensive lower extremity biomechanical courses, she began an orthotics program at UMMS in 1986. In 1989 she established a similar program at HEALTHSOUTH. Phyllis then joined AFPT in 1995 where she continues to specialize in lower extremity biomechanics with correction using custom foot orthotics. She uses advanced 3D imaging equipment to make the orthotics. She also works with general orthopedic and sports medicine patients.
In her free time she teaches dog agility classes as well participates in dog agility competitions with her border collie.