Tag: foot orthotics

Custom foot orthotics on a growing child is a bad idea; here’s why and here is a more cost effective and sensible solution.

Custom foot orthotics on a growing child is a bad idea; here’s why and here is a more cost effective and sensible solution. This past weekend I was the medical staff for a USATFNJ Jr. Olympic track meet.   These events are busy for the on site doctor as many young athletes with ongoing problems will visit, asking for ice, or to be stretched or wrapped. One young runner and her dad stopped by to ask for ice for her heel.  I always begin by asking questions since many athletes may require some additional care and advice that can help them prevent Read More »

Do you have piriformis syndrome, or is the pain due to something else.

Do you have piriformis syndrome, or is the pain due to something else. If you have chronic pain in your hip, you may have been told it was piriformis syndrome.  As defined by Wikipedia, “Piriformis syndrome is a controversial condition which is believed to result from compression of the sciatic nerve around the piriformis muscle. Symptoms may include pain and numbness in the buttocks and down the leg.[Often symptoms are worsened with sitting or running.” A patient presented the other day who was a healthcare professional calling the pain piriformis syndrome. Her symptoms included chronic pain in the buttock and leg pain of three months duration that Read More »

Foot orthotics, movement training or both; What works, what doesn’t, and how to choose the right approach for you?

Foot orthotics, movement training, or both; What works, what doesn’t, and how to choose the right approach for you? A recent Medscape article which is written for healthcare providers asks the question “Do foot orthotics for foot injuries really work”? Foot orthotics are a brace that helps keep the foot in a mechanically neutral position to redistribute the forces from the ground up.   While the opinions on what they do or how they work vary, the purpose of a foot orthotic is quite simple; to level out the hips and improve the effectiveness of the way we move. The baby Read More »

Do you want to run faster? You need arches according to a new study featured in Runners World Magazine.

Do you want to run faster?  You need arches according to a new study featured in Runners World Magazine. Barefoot, non-barefoot, orthotics, cushioned shoes; What is a runner to do for maximum comfort and better running times? In my many years studying runners, a more open stride is more efficient along with symmetry when you run.   For some of us, foot orthotics, whether custom or off the shelf can markedly improve our stride length and symmetry by helping to level our hips and better access our core when running.  We have done many in-office videos that show impressive before and Read More »

Custom Vs. off the shelf foot orthotics, which should you buy for the best relief of back and neck pain?

Custom Vs. off the shelf foot orthotics, which should you buy for the best relief of back and neck pain? by William D. Charschan D.C., I.C.C.S.P. A common question patients ask is; Which is better, off the shelf or a custom made foot orthotic? This is a difficult question because we are all built differently and have different needs. Years ago, custom foot orthotics were the only choice most of us had to choose from, however, now there are a number of off the shelf options that you can choose from that may meet your needs. Off the shelf insoles Read More »