20 May Justin Garrett Suits up in Shoulder Pads and Corrective Orthotics
Auburn junior Justin Garrett is happy to be back on the football field after spending almost all of last year’s season on the bench. In 2013, he suffered a sprain in his left foot and a fracture in his right foot. Ultimately, it forced the MVP of spring practices to give up his Star safety position to old roommate Robenson Therezietook.
The underlying problem behind Garrett’s injuries was a previously undetected case of pes planus. In simple English, this translates to “flat feet.”
Garrett now wears orthoticinsoles to give him adequate arch support, along with wide-fit cleats for comfort. He hasn’t returned to his former starting position, but says he doesn’t mind being backup for Therezietook and is content just being in the game.
Orthotics can help heal injuries and prevent additional damage for a spectrum of podiatric conditions. If you have questions about whether orthotics are right for you, see podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Texas. Dr. Stran will discuss your foot and ankle concerns and provide the treatment you need.
What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.
Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.
If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.