Custom orthotics can put injured athletes back in fighting form
By Dr. Jay Berenter, DPM, FACFAS
Football season is almost upon us, and San Diego Chargers fans are already swept up in a flurry of preseason excitement. Until last week, however, Antonio Gates’ relegation to the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list admittedly had some of those fans a little nervous (according to the Union Tribune, the Chargers wanted to be cautious with Gates following his struggles with plantar fasciitis last year). In ensuing days, however, things began to look up for Gates: as of last week, the Chargers tight end successfully played through three straight days of training – and while he’ll likely remain on the sidelines for the majority of the preseason, head coach Norv Turner tells NBC San Diego that Gates “had three really impressive days, so he’s made great progress.”
As a professional athlete, Gates is one of many who suffer from the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis – an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot (called the plantar fascia) that results in severe pain, stiffness, aching and even burning sensations in between and after intense physical activity or prolonged periods of rest. Often a side-effect of the rigorous running and training, muscle tightness and related foot problems experienced by many serious athletes, planter fasciitis can be alleviated with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, stretching and extensive rest. In order to facilitate a full recovery, however, many trainers and podiatrists recommend shoe inserts known as orthotics as the best long-term treatment for athletes and more sedentary individuals alike.
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Built by expert podiatrists and designed to control, guide and limit motion of the foot in response to inflammation and pain, orthotics help individuals with injury rehabilitation and postural corrections to minimize discomfort and enhance balance in the body; and whether his improvement is the result of expertly crafted orthotic inserts or simply a dedication to stretching, rest and recuperation during the off-season, we’re glad to see Gates back on his feet.
As a community practice dedicated to San Diego patients, our podiatry specialists take pride in offering individualized care to local athletes; and for the last twelve years, I have personally dedicated myself to providing consultation and custom orthotics to athletes at the San Diego Olympic Training Center in order to facilitate athletic excellence and optimal foot health in the world of competitive sports.
In cases like Gates’, orthotics just may hold the key to a renewed career. But from athletes to office workers, orthotics can also help ease everyday discomfort and improve quality of life. To find out more about San Diego podiatric services, and to learn if custom orthotics are for you, visit us online: www.drberenter.com.
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