Traditional Podiatry Treatments

Howard Finkelstein
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With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Howard Finkelstein provides excellent care for those in our community.

It is important to us that you are able to participate in your favorite activities—whatever those might be—without being held back by foot and ankle problems. We’re inclined to think it’s safe to assume that is something important to you as well!

Fortunately, we are able to offer many different treatment options to help you when foot or ankle pain is keeping you away from those things you enjoy doing.

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We have a wide range of treatment options that can help you find the relief you need. Some are quite advanced, but there are many traditional podiatry treatment methods that have stood the test of time and can be a great starting point before state-of-the-art options are explored.

Now, we’ve previously discussed those advanced options, so today let’s take a look at more traditional ones, including:

Medication – Mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, but prescription painkillers are sometimes used for more-severe symptoms. For some patients and ailments, corticosteroid injections can be quite effective.

Orthotic therapy – A pair of custom orthotics will help accommodate biomechanical issues so your feet go through a proper rolling motion with every step you take. In turn, this will have a positive impact on the how forces are absorbed by your feet when you walk or run. Even better, sometimes orthotics are able to take away pain farther up the body, including the knees, hips, and lower back. (Your entire body is interconnected in such a way that adjusting alignment issues in the feet can make a profound difference!)

Now, before you go out and purchase a pair of inserts from a department store, it is important to note that they are not customized to your specific body. A better move is coming in and seeing us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida and having your feet measured for a custom fit.

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In addition to correcting high or low arches, orthotics are used to treat a variety of other ailments, as well. So if you have Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, or even bunions, we can potentially treat these other conditions with the use of orthotics, too.

Physical therapy – Physical therapy is a conservative option we may incorporate into a patient’s treatment plan – depending, of course, on the condition we are treating.

A great example of when we may use this treatment is for arthritic conditions. When a patient comes to see us for arthritis, we might prescribe physical therapy exercises and stretches. These are considered within the medical field to be one of the best forms of conservative care for relieving arthritic pain and symptoms.

Although physical therapy is a nonsurgical form of treatment used to address certain ailments, it is also used to help a patient recover from foot or ankle surgery. Exercises and stretches are important for improving muscle strength, flexibility, and restoring range of motion. Also, exercise promotes healthy blood circulation, which an injured body part definitely needs to heal in the most efficient manner.

For more information about any of the treatments we offer at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). While you’re on the line, be sure to request an appointment with whichever of our offices is most convenient for you!
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