justin-garrettAuburn junior Justin Garrett is back on the football field after a frustrating 2013 season where he suffered two separate foot injuries and ultimately had to watch old roommate Robenson Therezietook play in his position.  After being a Star safety and MVP of spring practices, Garrett said that “It was hard coming to reality” once he realized he’d have to miss the season.
The underlying problem behind Garrett’s foot injuries—a sprain in the left foot then a fracture in the right—was that he had flat feet.  The technical term for this is “pes planus.”
Garrett now wears orthotic insoles to provide arch support, and cleats with a wide fit for comfort.  He will probably enter the season as backup to Therezietook at Star, but says he doesn’t care if he’s not a starter and simply happy to be back in the game.
Orthotics help heal and prevent further damage for a range of foot and ankle conditions. If you are experiencing pain and think orthotics could help, see podiatrist Dr. Neal Mozen, DPM of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen will treat your podiatric needs.
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.
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