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How do I cure sesamoiditis? Tried orthotics; minimal running shoes helped a little.

How do I cure sesamoiditis? Tried orthotics; minimal running shoes helped a little.

Sesmoiditis : Did you have an x-ray to make sure it's not a fracture ? If no fracture have a dancers pad added to orthotic which will take weight off area. Which sesmoid is it, tibial or fibular? ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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How often should I replace my custom orthotics? As often as my running shoes? I feel like they aren't doing their job as well as used to.

How often should I replace my custom orthotics? As often as my running shoes? I feel like they aren't doing their job as well as used to.

It varies: According to the rigidity/flexibility of the orthotics, your size and activity level. Flexible orthotics may last only 2-3 years where some that are more rigid can last 6-8 years or more, with only some minor refurbishing as mentioned above. ...Read more

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Podiatrist Question I wear orthotic 4 overpronation/ff Wear RUNNING athletic sneakers just 4 walking. Too much CUSHIONING? Better a regular shoe

Don't worry: Shop for shoes late in the day Find a shoe where the widest point of the shoe is at the widest part of the foot. Leave one thumb press of space between big toe and the toe box of the shoe. Place a wad of lamb's wool in to the distal toe of shoe Place a 1/2 inch heel lift under the shoe liner. Sorry I don't know the metrics You can try this but if you still need more support, try orthotic ...Read more

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Sudden onset of sore ankle. Suspect this was attributed to running. Please advise. Using orthotics. ?

Sudden onset of sore ankle. Suspect this was attributed to running. Please advise. Using orthotics. ?

Rest & see foot doc: Ankle pain after changing activity can be due to tendonitis or shin splints. It's hard to say for sure, because we need to know how long you've had it, how long you've been running, etc. Did you orthotics or are you asking if you should? See your doc or a podiatrist to figure out what's going on. Back off some of the running and don't do it if it hurts. Stretch well before and after, always! ...Read more

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Should physical training from an osteo help with chronic Achilles soreness? Mostly happens the day after running. I wear orthotics.

Should physical training from an osteo help with chronic Achilles soreness? Mostly happens the day after running. I wear orthotics.

Not sure: Im not sure what type of training from an osteo you are doing. Usually the problem can be calmed with physical therapy modalities, ice and nsaids if it always happens after running you may need to change your shoes, run less or work more on calf/ achilles stretching. ...Read more

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Clarify :ihave prescription strength orthotics but will that be sufficient for exercise running 6 miles wk. or is there something more support?no-arch

SHOULD BE OK: As long as they have some flexibility; not a completely rigid type; should be ok. Some doctors and orthotic labs try to sell you a different device for every sport. That's crazy and expensive. ...Read more

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What's the likely cause of pain in the back of my heels after explosive movements (running, jumping)? I've tried rest, orthotics, stretching, etc.

Achilles: Could be achilles tendinitis which can put you at risk for achilles rupture ...Let your heel tell you what you can and can't do... Pain is the body's protective mechanism. ...Read more

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