Half Marathon Inspires Teacher to Spread Message to Others

(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 took part in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon against all odds. In 2009, Barnett’s right foot and lower section of her right leg became paralyzed while she was recovering from back surgery. Barnett suffered from foot drop, a condition that weakens the muscles which move the front part of the foot.

With the assistance of an ankle-foot orthotic brace, Barnett eventually learned how to walk again. “My brace helped me gain…mobility and independence” Barnett said as a response to her rehabilitation therapy and participation in the event, hoping to serve as an inspiration to others enduring the same condition.

If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield 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 provides 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, please contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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