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Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is a condition where there is pain in the area of the ball of the foot.  The foot has two different arches.  The long longitudinal arch which goes from the heel to the ball, and the metatarsal arch which goes from the big toe to the small toe at the level of the ball of the foot.  When there is a collapse of this metatarsal arch, it can cause pain across the forefoot area.  This problem can become worse with the formation of a neuroma.

Mortons Neuroma

A neuroma is an enlargement of the nerve in an area of irritation.  The most common area for a neuroma to form is between the 3rd and 4th toes, at the ball. This is known as a Mortons Neuroma. When this happens,  it will send pain up into the toes, and can also cause pain in the ball of the foot.  Sometimes the 3rd and 4th  toes will become numb.  One of the treatments for this problem is to add a metatarsal arch onto your custom orthotics.  This is a small soft triangular raise that is positioned on the Custom Orthotic just behind the ball of the foot.  This will support the arch, and allow the metatarsal heads to spread slightly, and reduce the irritation on pinch on the nerve.  A Custom Orthotic with a metatarsal raise can be an effective treatment for this problem.

Pronation

Pronation is what is commonly referred to as a flat foot.  The long arch of the foot collapses and the foot elongates.  This bio-mechanical problem can cause pain in the foot, and further up the leg.  When this pronation occurs it causes a rotation in the lower bones of the leg.  This can be a factor in other problems.  This flattening of the foot  will cause pain in the arch which becomes worse the longer you are on your feet.  It can cause many other problems, such as shin splints and achillies tendonitis.

Pronation

Pronation is what is commonly referred to as a flat foot.  The long arch of the foot collapses and the foot elongates.  This bio-mechanical problem can cause pain in the foot, and further up the leg.  When this pronation occurs it causes a rotation in the lower bones of the leg.  This can be a factor in other problems.  This flattening of the foot  will cause pain in the arch which becomes worse the longer you are on your feet.  It can cause many other problems, such as shin splints and achillies tendonitis.

Supination

Supination is associated with a high arch foot.  It is often associated with plantar fasciitis.  Often it causes the person to run their shoes over to the outside.  This can be helped by adding a wedge on the outside of the custom orthotic, which will help balance up the foot while still being supported by the orthotic on the inside of the foot.   When a custom orthotic is ordered, and you have this problem,  note that your shoes wear out on the outside.   Orthotics can be a very effective method of treatment.  Contact us for all of your orthotics needs today at www.customorthotics.com

 

 

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