The Difference Between Prefabricated and Custom Orthotics
You might have seen orthotics you can pick up over the counter in pharmacies and stores. These have a more “one-size-fits-all” approach to addressing problems and, in doing so, tend to be cheaper than a custom-made orthotic.
We carry prefabricated orthotics ourselves, and will recommend them in certain cases. As a general rule, however, custom orthotics will more often be the preferred choice for the way they can address problems in a much more fine-tuned way. Custom orthotics are also much more durable and longer-lasting than prefabs.
And even in cases when prefabs are sufficient, knowing the right kind to have can make a world of difference. You can rely on our know-how for the best selection.
Orthotics are just one of a number of treatments we may recommend for conditions such as heel pain, metatarsalgia, and gait problems. They are also a crucial part of many diabetic foot care plans.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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