Many people come to ACN Wellness complaining about foot pain. Usually, it’s because they suffer from:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Patellofemoral Knee Pain
- Shin Splints
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Le of ACN Wellness can identify the causes and create a treatment plan for it.
Dr. Le specializes in functional medicine in Vienne and Leesburg, Virginia. His holistic treatments are minimally invasive and include lifestyle changes that can cure many medical conditions. Possible treatments include:
Dr. Le does not recommend surgery until all minimally invasive treatments have been used. Many of his patients have been able to avoid surgery because of his integrative approach to treatment, which has come as a great relief to them.
The same goes for those who suffer from foot pain due to the above conditions. Many people rush into surgery to correct foot issues when it may be unnecessary.
About Orthotics for Foot Pain
Foot pain is usually a result of muscles, ligaments, joints, or bones not functioning optimally. When one part of the foot or leg doesn’t operate to its full potential, it places pressure on specific parts of the foot causing fatigue, discomfort, and pain over time.
Foot orthotics (orthoses or insoles) can alleviate that pressure. They are made of many different materials to support the foot. Depending on the diagnosis, foot orthodontics can be:
While there are many foot orthotics in drug stores tailored to a wide range of issues, they aren’t the best. Everyone’s foot is different and it’s impossible to manufacture these inserts to match the unique contours of everyone’s feet. This is why functional medicine doctors, such as Dr. Le offer custom orthotics.
Custom Prescription Orthotics
It’s important to be assessed for custom prescription orthotics. The medical professional must perform a health history and assess:
- Level of Activity
- Medical Conditions
The diagnosis dictates the type of material the orthotics. An impression of the feet will help the manufacturer create a orthotics that are specially made for you.
Many people start out with the over-the-counter orthotics but quickly realize they either need to replace them frequently or they don’t work. Unfortunately, these orthotics can also lead to further foot damage as the person continues to walk or run without proper support.
Orthotics for Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common ailments we receive at ACN Wellness. Many patients are surprised when we offer them custom foot inserts to help with it. They are even more surprised when they come to a follow-up appointment reporting their lower back pain has lessened or vanished. The reasons orthotics are recommended for back pain are:
- They can resolve leg length differences.
- Probably positioning the feet to support the weight of the body relieves pressure on the back.
- They improve gait, which can also better support the back.
Usually, patients who end up using foot orthoses for back pain are those that do not have an underlying medical issue. Instead, they have a genetic abnormality the insoles correct. In this case, these orthotics are the treatment for their lower back pain. This isn’t the primary goal of orthotics though.
A Step Towards Treatment with Orthotics
Orthotics are not the answer to all of your foot problems, although they may seem like it when pain and discomfort are alleviated by them. As a functional – integrative medicine doctor, Dr. Le not only helps his patients relieve pain, but he seeks to treat the cause of that pain.
For those with plantar fasciitis, exercises that target the arch, toes, heel, and calf are useful in healing the condition. Just like with physical therapy, Dr. Le educates his patients on how to do the exercises needed for healing. During each appointment, he may perform manual manipulation to stretch the foot and leg in ways that will help them function better relieving the pressure on the plantar fasciitis. Over time with the appointments, exercises, and orthotics, patients are cured of their plantar fasciitis and that is without cortisone shots and surgery.
Insoles for Preventative Measures
Custom insoles may help the feet better support the rest of the body, but it’s important not to rely on them completely for the prevention of injury. Runners, walkers, and hikers notoriously suffer from overuse injuries. This cannot be prevented with foot orthoses. Even though it may take more time before the injuries occur, in most cases, those injuries will still happen.
It’s important to take care of your body with the help of foot insoles. Just like any other piece of protective equipment, injuries can still occur. It’s up to you to prevent those injuries by minimizing the demands on that protection.
Contact ACN Wellness for Custom Orthotics
If you’re interested in exploring a functional medicine approach to treating your foot pain with custom orthotics and other treatment options, contact ACN Wellness for a consultation. We have two conveniently located offices in Leesburg and Vienna, Virginia and they can both be reached by calling 703-729-5600.
The feet are the foundation of your spine and body when you are standing, walking, or running. Thus, balanced foot structure is vital to ankle, knee, hip and spinal health. If the foot structure is misaligned then the rest of your body will be altered. Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct abnormal walking patterns mostly caused by foot pronation, or a collapsed medial arch. It is estimated that over 80% of people have foot pronation! Over time this can cause severe problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, knee meniscal degeneration, hip pain and back pain. Dr. Le will be able to evaluate and make recommendations to help balance your foundation with comfortable custom-casted orthotics, heel lifts and arch supports manufactured by Foot Levelers.
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