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Custom Orthotics in 33161

Custom Foot Orthotics in 33161

Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for everyone to maintain good foot health. He has been a leading podiatrist offering exceptional foot care for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. One of his specialties are custom orthotics in 33161. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and hammertoes, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients, young and old.

Orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom made to fit each patient’s specific needs and to treat painful conditions such as flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and neuromas. Orthotics are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface. Custom orthotics in 33161 are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories, functional and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite. Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.

Custom orthotics in 33161 are designed to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Clinical research studies have shown that prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function. If your feet have been hurting, or your gait is unbalanced, come in for a consultation today. If you are looking for a highly trained and experienced podiatrist, you have come to the right place. At Dr. Horn’s practice, you will receive the highest quality podiatric care. We view it as our mission to educate our patients about their treatment options and to help guide them to choose a treatment plan that is most suitable and appropriate for their needs.

Merrick L. Horn
909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

North Miami Beach Geriatric Podiatrist

North Miami Beach Geriatric Podiatrist

Geriatric Foot Care in North Miami Beach

Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for the elderly to maintain good foot health. He has been a leading North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and hammertoes, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients, young and old.

As life expectancy has increased, so has the wear and tear on the feet. Impairment of the lower extremities is a leading cause of activity limitation in older people. And a recent study reported that one-fourth of all nursing home patients cannot walk at all, while another one-sixth can walk only with assistance. Dr. Horn, the leading North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist, has years of experience working with and taking care of the foot needs of his older patients. There are hundreds of different foot ailments. Some can be traced to heredity, but for an aging population, most of these ailments stem from the cumulative effect of years of neglect or abuse such as wearing ill-fitting shoes. However, even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully, and the pain of foot ailments relieved.

Whether due to neglect or abuse, the normal wear and tear through the years causes changes in feet. As persons age, their feet tend to spread, and lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet. Additional weight can affect the bone and ligament structure. Older people, consequently, should have their feet measured for shoe sizes more frequently, rather than presuming that their shoe sizes remain constant. Dry skin and brittle nails are other conditions older people commonly face. Finally, it’s a fact that women, young and old, have four times as many foot problems as men, and high heels are often the culprits. This North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist understands that preventive foot health care has many benefits. Chief among them are that it can increase comfort, limit the possibility of additional medical problems, reduce the chances of hospitalization because of infection, and lessen requirements for other institutional care. Come in for a check-up today and enjoy your active lifestyle.

Merrick L. Horn
909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Bay Harbor Podiatrist

Bay Harbor Podiatrist

Shockwave Therapy in Bay Harbor

Bay Harbor Podiatrist

Bay Harbor Podiatrist

It is widely accepted that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 40 years as a leading Bay Harbor podiatrist, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist who can provide effective treatments for foot and ankle conditions. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.

Dr. Horn, your Bay Harbor podiatrist, is proud to provide regenerative therapy for many inflammatory conditions of the feet. One of his non-surgical treatments is shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Shock wave therapy is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues. Dr. Horn uses shockwave therapy to treat degenerated tendons (Achilles tendonitis) and heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Complications are infrequent with shock wave therapy. People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have this procedure. Open sores should also be avoided. Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures. It should not be used during pregnancy. This should be discussed with your physician before undergoing the procedure.

The Bay Harbor podiatrist places gel to the affected area to help conduct the waves and then uses a noninvasive probe on the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that may induce healing. Shock wave therapy is an outpatient procedure. High- or low-energy waves may be used. High-energy waves may cause pain and require a local or regional anesthetic. Low-energy shock wave therapy often is performed without anesthesia. Therapy is more successful with active patient participation where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain. One or more treatment sessions may be needed to address the condition. If you suffer from foot pain and are looking for a cutting-edge approach to getting better, give Dr. Horn a call today.

Merrick L. Horn
909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Heel Pain Treatment in Wynwood

Heel Pain Treatment in Wynwood

Expert Foot Doctor in Wynwood

Heel Pain Treatment in Wynwood

Heel Pain Treatment in Wynwood

It is a well-known fact that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 40 years as a leading podiatrist, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist who can provide effective heel pain treatment in Wynwood. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.

There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. The heel pain treatment in Wynwood begins with an examination of your feet to determine what condition you have and the best way to treat it. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, over use in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.

In most cases plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new heel pain treatment in Wynwood that has proven to be very successful is Orthotripsy or ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a pain relieving effect at the site and stimulates healing factors such as the formation of new blood vessels and tissue regeneration. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretching the Achilles tendon and icing the foot. Call us today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.

Merrick L. Horn
909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189