When your feet hurt, everything hurts. We know this - and that’s why critical members of our team are experts in managing injuries to the foot and ankle. From prescribed therapy exercises to proper support of your foot and ankle, we can make recommendations that will ultimately help address your pain and have you moving once more.

If you are struggling with foot pain issues, our experts would be glad to meet with you, review your medical needs, and create a care plan that will improve your quality of life. Contact us to meet us in one of our 6 convenient office locations - ESSMC Monroeville, ESSMC Murrysville, ESSMC North Huntingdon, ESSMC Penn Hills, ESSMC Penn Township, or ESSMC Plum.

To receive your evaluation and begin discussing your care needs, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.


 

FAQs on Foot Pain & Orthotics:

 

What Are Examples Of Conditions Managed At East Suburban Sports Medicine?

We manage the following sources of foot and ankle pain (among other things): 

  • Ankle Sprains 
  • Foot Sprains 
  • Achilles injuries 
  • Metatarsalalgia Leg/Ankle/Foot Fractures 
  • Tendon Repairs 
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Shin Splints 
  • Stress Fractures 
  • Heel spurs 
  • Bunions

 

How Are These Issues Treated At Your Practice?

Every patient is treated on a case by case basis. Our expert physical therapy staff can develop personalized interventions for injury management and prevention.

Our patients also routinely use our Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which helps users begin to bear weight much sooner than normal in a precisely-controlled environment, which promotes healing and faster recovery.

 

Will I Need Orthotics?

Maybe. Some cases of foot problems can be helped with extra support. In these cases, a custom orthotic is created. These healing tools are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. 

Custom foot orthotics can help relieve the pain and fatigue associated with improper biomechanics throughout the body. They look like insoles, but that is where the similarities end. 

Custom orthotics are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. They are individually fabricated over a three dimensional model of your foot. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motions that take place during the gait cycle. 

In order to walk, stand or play, pain-free, the body requires a stable foundation provided by your feet. When there are problems with the foundation, often the symptoms are found both in your feet and throughout the rest of the muscular-skeletal structure. Examples of these symptoms include:

  • Localized foot pain 
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes 
  • Arch/heel pain 
  • Leg/knee pain 

Custom orthotics will not reduce muscles tone. They will help position your foot so you will be using the right muscles at the right time, minimizing fatigue and allowing your muscles to be used more efficiently.

Most often custom orthotics will fit comfortably into your shoes. Occasionally, a slightly larger shoe might be required.

 

What Orthotics Does ESSMC Recommend?

We typically recommend Vasyli Orthotics to the majority of our patients due to the success our patients have experienced with them.

In 1987, VASYLI Medical introduced custom heat-moldable orthotics, designed together with some of the world’s foremost biomechanics experts. A snap to fabricate in the clinic, these products revolutionized medical orthotics for professionals who treated lower-limb disorders. A few years later came the introduction of over-the-counter prefabricated orthotics by Phillip Vasyli as well as shoes and sandals with built-in orthotics for consumers - the genesis of Orthaheel, now known as Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. 

Today, the Vionic Group is the “proud parent” of these complementary medical and retail brands.

 

Want to feel better, play better, and live better with ESSMC? Call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.


 

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