MLB Player Puts Orthotics on Wrong, Aggravates Foot Injury

david-rossDavid Ross  of the Boston Red Sox was unable to participate in the training game against Tampa Bay over the mistake of wearing both his orthotics and insoles at the same time. According to Ross, the combination caused Ross’ tendon injury to become aggravated. “It was bothering me in the offseason,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I can run straight, but I can’t really turn really good. The ligament in there has been kind of aggravated.” Fortunately, an MRI showed that Ross’s tendon did not sustain any further damage. Coaches expect Ross to be back on the field in no time.

Orthotics are prescribed for those with foot and ankle conditions and injuries. If you are in need of foot or ankle orthotics, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can determine the right orthotic for you.     

What is Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Foot 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 orthotic is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Havertown, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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