Foot Pain Relief
Anyone who spends much time on their feet knows how uncomfortable life can be when your feet hurt. Some painful feet conditions are caused by arthritis or nerve pain. However, foot pain can sometimes be the result of changes in the foot arch structure or bone alignment from common conditions such as plantar fasciitis or tibial tendinitis.
Osteopathic manipulation of the feet can often help reduce this pain. Sometimes, though, an orthotic – commonly thought of as an arch support – is needed to hold the foot in place so that it remains without pain. There are a variety of orthotics on the market. Some orthotics are generic and purchased over the counter, while others are custom-made to your feet. If you think you might need orthotics, Dr. Bolin can help you select the correct type for your feet and perhaps even suggest less expensive alternatives.
Call Performance Medicine at (540) 772-1890 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bolin
What is Osteopathic Manipulation?
- Osteopathic manipulation mobilizes joints either with gentle maneuvers using your own muscles or sometimes with “popping.”
- Soreness is common starting about 20 minutes afterward, usually lasts a few days.
- After manipulation, patients should stay hydrated and use either a prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Advil or Aleve.
Choosing the Right Orthotic
Dr. Bolin has been trained to evaluate your gait and fashion orthotics for your specific foot type and issue. Custom orthotics are expensive and not usually covered by insurance. With this in mind, over the counter supports are usually recommended first. These are 90% as good as custom for most patients and are considerably less expensive.
If you think you might be a good candidate for custom orthotics, be sure to ask Dr. Bolin if they are appropriate for you and what other options might be available.