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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Video on Orthotic Modifications for Pronation Control

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  1. Hello Dr. Blake,

    I have been reading your very helpful blog for the past month. It has shed much light on my condition which has become the holy grail of my life....finding how to reduce pain from hallux rigidus. I have the perfect storm of feet: extremely flat feet, extremely long toes, and overpronate. Ran for 17 years 7 without orthotics then got some really hard plastic ones made in the early 90's and stopped running in 2001 but not due to foot pain....which is amazing. My knees were tallkng to me and so I stopped to preserve them. Now, I bike, inline skate, and wish to start rowing. I am 58 and have done tons of exercise, cardio, raquetball, hurdles, stepping for the past 33 years. My weight has always been appropriate for my height.

    This four year saga has had me visiting more than six doctors in the Green Bay/Milwaukee area. Most let me walk out without any orhtotics. Now I possess two pair and don't know which is best. '

    The first pair was created by a pedorthist who works with sports injuries. From a styrofoam mold I stepped into he created a pair with a full Morton's extension for my serverly affected left big toe joint. For the right foot he put in a "barely there" Morton's bump. I weaned into these across two weeks. Was able to finally walk without limping (which I had been doing for more than 2 months). But my joint was still really sore. So I found a local doc who gave me an injection (not cortisone but instead something that stays in the joint). This helped substantially but there is still soreness.This doc also made me orthotics to wear in shoes...so they stop at the fatty pad under the ball of my foot. He also made a small cut out so my left big toe joint could "move: a bit. He felt the Morton's extension orthotic would make my toe joint fuse. Is this true?

    My dilemma: which orthotic should I be wearing? And my second pressing question is this: Is it possible to have a bone spur on the side of my big toe joint, where it meets my second toe. That is where it is most sore not directly on top of the joint.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. I truly believe it is possible to find the correct orthoitcs and shoes that will stabilize my toe/foot so my condition doesn't worsen. My arthritis in my toe joint is very minimal.

    Sincerely,

    Jo Anna

    ReplyDelete

Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.