David Ross of the Boston Red Sox’s recently stated he was not able to attend the training game against Tampa Bay due to his improper usage of orthotics and insoles.
The original injury Ross had suffered was aggravated by his use of the orthotics and insoles at the same time. It caused his tendon injury to flare up. “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.”
MRIs showed Ross had not sustained any further damage; thus he will be ready to play in their next game.
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. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury and Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr 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.
Read more about Orthotics.