Orthotic and Bracing Therapy in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA
Orthotic and bracing therapy is a specialist type of treatment that uses specially constructed devices to support or fix various body components, including the feet, ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, and wrists. These devices, also known as orthotics and braces, can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as chronic pain, recovery from surgery, and degenerative diseases. Joint instability, muscle weakness, restricted range of motion, and foot or ankle discomfort are some of the typical symptoms that may benefit from orthotic and bracing therapy. This therapy offers pain relief, increased mobility and stability, greater sports performance, a lower risk of injury, and an overall higher quality of life. Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. John W. Scivally, DPM, and Dr. Robin K. Lie, DPM, offer you orthotic and bracing therapy. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA.
Table of Contents:
What is orthotic bracing?
What are orthotic braces used for?
What conditions are normally treated by Orthotic Therapy?
How long do orthotics take to work?
It is very common and natural to undergo different injuries or conditions that lead to the overuse or damage in our joints, especially those located in the lower extremities. Whether the overuse is due to age or repetitive use from activities, orthotic braces are able to provide the support that our joints and feet require to continue moving freely. Injuries or damage in our feet and joints can quickly lead to significant discomfort, and without treatment or external support, can continue to degrade the joint making the problem much more serious. Orthotic braces stop that degradation and allow for whatever body part is of concern to recover properly or to be used without causing further damage.
Orthotic bracing is a method of providing support and an improvement of biomechanical function for those who have undergone an injury or condition that has caused weakening or misalignment to a joint or body part. The orthotic brace is designed for each individual patient to properly fit the body part that requires the extra support. These braces can be used for those who have suffered from an injury to a joint and require the brace to support functionality while it is still weakened or to encourage the joint into proper alignment. Another use of orthotic braces is for chronic conditions that have weakened joints over time or to prevent the joint from becoming misaligned.
Orthotic braces can be used for injuries, surgery recovery, or chronic conditions. When used for injuries, orthotic braces are used to support the injured body part, while helping to limit the movement in the healing joints to reduce pain. Orthotic braces used after surgical procedures provide a similar function to those used for injuries, in that the body part that is in recovery is able to have support for the recovery process and is at a lower risk of being used improperly, stunting the healing process. For use with chronic conditions, orthotic braces can help to reduce pain, prevent any deformities that may be caused by the condition from forming, as well as correcting any deformities that have already developed, and to allow for comfortable and proper use of the body part even while it is at risk through the condition.
The chronic conditions that orthotics are effective at treating include deformities in the feet such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, back pain, flat feet, bunions, and high arches. They are most commonly used to support the lower extremities as those areas carry the weight of our bodies and injuries or conditions in those areas often cause them to weaken or require additional support to continue baring bodyweight. Orthotic therapies are also used to treat hip pain and many different types of muscular pain in the legs, ankles, and feet. A common type of orthotic therapy includes devices that are provided by a physician to wear in the shoes to reduce pain. Many different joints in the lower extremities can become injured due to overuse, in which case orthotic braces are used to prevent further overuse on those joints, allowing them to recover a bit and receive support for proper functioning. They are also frequently used on the feet of patients suffering from diabetes to prevent deformities, limit movement, and to more evenly distribute weight throughout the entire foot.
The rate at which you will start to notice the effects of wearing orthotic braces will differ from case to case and will depend on how often the orthotics are worn. In most cases, it is common for it to take several weeks before your body fully adjusts to the new orthotics and starts to experience relief. Wearing the orthotics more often, such as inside the house and every time you may be using the joint will help your body to adjust much faster, providing relief and support quickly. Of course, every case is different and this timeline will also depend on the purpose of the orthotic brace and how progressed the condition has become before treatment was sought.
Visit us at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates for top services. We offer orthotic and bracing therapy. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA. We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, Danville CA, Oakley CA and surrounding areas.
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