Archeologist Ken Zoll will share how ancient cultures understood the stars and incorporated them into their worldview at the Speaker Series in Chandler, AZ on January 23. Of course, if you are seeing a few stars of your own because of sores on your feet, the thought of going anywhere for a presentation on Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices may seem more like a chore than a pleasure.
You may not realize it, but help may be available in the form of accommodative orthotics. You are likely familiar with the functional version of shoe inserts that athletes use to prevent foot pain and improve their mechanics, but devices similar to these can have other uses as well.
One is to protect your feet if you have a diabetic ulcer or painful callus on your sole. They are also helpful if a bone is sore from unusual pressure on it, as can happen with the metatarsal heads in your forefoot. The custom-designed inserts provide cushioning for feet, thus relieving the pain.
They are usually constructed of softer materials than functional foot orthoses and are more flexible. They may be shallower in the spot that needs to be protected, so your weight is born on the surrounding healthy part of your sole instead. Keeping pressure off the damaged area allows it to heal more quickly.
The pros of inserts like this is that they are soft and easily adjustable. The best part is that they are designed specifically for your particular foot issue. Materials used include cork, foam, leather, or rubber. The downside is that they can be bulky, they don’t hold up as well as their harder cousins, and they may need to be adjusted more often as they begin to compress.
We evaluate your foot, make a 3-dimensional cast or take a digital image, and send detailed instructions to the orthoses lab—or construct them ourselves—so they fit perfectly and give the relief you are seeking.
Next time you are bothered by painful foot sores, contact our foot specialists to see if this type of insert could help relieve your pain, so you can heal quickly and get back to your favorite activities—like stargazing. We are stars at finding the best treatment for your foot issues, so call today—(480) 963-9000 for our Chandler office, or (480) 981-1800 to reach our office in Gilbert, AZ.