When heel pain and foot pain are beginning to slow you down, employing an effective treatment method is the best way to prevent the condition from degenerating to the point of being unbearable. As you navigate through our site, you will find resources related to podiatry, foot pain and ankle ailments, treatments available, best practices for exercising and a guide for buying shoes. We have also provided an overview of our practice, office hours, appointment procedures, maps, directions and contact information. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
As a licensed podiatrist in Puyallup WA, Family Foot Health Center’s Dr. Tim Grace offers a variety of podiatric services and procedures. It is our philosophy that patients deserve to have the information needed to make informed choices about their foot and ankle care. We seek to educate each patient and begin a relevant treatment program with the highest quality of care available.
Family Foot Health Center is conveniently located in Puyallup WA. Our qualified staff is friendly and ready to ensure a pleasant visit. We take pride in providing you with the best care possible and building a long-term patient/doctor relationship. We invite you to call our office with any questions or email us via the contact us or request an appointment pages of our website.
Specializing in foot pain, heel pain & plantar fasciitis:
Family Foot Health Center offers a comprehensive selection of podiatry services, including laser toenail fungus treatment for ugly toenails as well as ingrown toenails.
Orthotic treatments can help with your step, posture, and weight distribution:
Foot pain is quite literally an immobilizing affliction. Especially as you age, any active lifestyle can grind to a halt if putting one foot in front of the other becomes a challenge. Rather than submitting to the pain and slowing down, the study of orthotics with regards to podiatry can help to painlessly get your feet moving again and effectively manage crippling foot and heel pain.
Orthotics for podiatry is really quite simple. A specially designed insole is inserted into the patient’s shoe to aid in weight distribution of the foot. Typically, orthotics works in two ways, corrective and protective. Whichever method will be the most effective for your unique case will be determined by a consultation with Dr. Grace. To prepare you with a basic understanding before your appointment, the differences are as follows:
- Corrective – Corrective inserts tend to be much more rigid to provide a guiding and stabilizing effect. Corrective inserts can be a permanent prescription to make up for a pathological condition, or can be a temporary tool for adjusting posture and weight distribution. These inserts are a common treatment for plantar fasciitis.
- Protective – Protective inserts differ from corrective in that they attempt to accommodate the pressure on the foot, rather than actively change it, by utilizing softer materials to guide weight distribution and relieve pressure in sore spots.
These do not describe all forms of orthotic inserts as a well made custom insert can combine any number of methods for an effect that works to protect and displace pain, as well as correct any physical discrepancies in walking and posture.
If you’re unsure of scheduling an orthotics consultation you should take into account its effectiveness. It should be noted that despite the noninvasive nature of the treatment and relatively low cost, orthotic inserts have a high rate of success. In a recent survey given to over 300 long distance runners (a populace that experiences exceptional wear and tear on their feet), over three quarters experienced significant or complete symptom resolution. Clearly the effectiveness compared to efficiency of orthotic inserts is unquestionable.
To maintain your independence and mobility as long as possible, you must take proactive steps in caring for your feet. Manage foot pain through an effective and minimally invasive method by consulting Family Foot Center in Puyallup about orthotic treatments.