(From left) Rick Lusiak, Allard district manager;  Barbie Barnett; Lisa Victorius; Beth Deloria and her husband, Jim, participated in the Chicago Half Marathon on July 21. “Beth goes around the U.S.” running and sharing the message to get back up. She is why I have the brace, which changed my life,” Barnett said.  |  Submitted43-year old Barbie Barnett is without hesitation a heroine to several. Notwithstanding her individual hindrances, the educator took part in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. In 2009, Barnett’s right foot and lower unit of her right leg became paralyzed while she was improving from back surgery. What Barnett was going through is recognized as foot drop, a disorder which lets weakness in the muscles that move the front part of the foot.

With the support of an ankle-foot orthotic brace, Barnett ultimately learned how to walk again. “My brace helped me gain the mobility and independence” Barnett said as a answer to her recuperation treatment and involvement in the event, eager to attend as an encouragement to others enduring the same disorder.

If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthoses is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics have improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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