VCSST: Relieve Arthritis Pain

Newsletter Spotlight onNancy!

Nancy specializes in the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle injuries and is certified in custom orthotic fabrication. She has a special interest in gymnastics and running injuries and is the physical therapist and athletic trainer for the Richmond Olympiad Gymnastics Club. She was a competitive gymnast at the University of Maryland and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1989. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1991 and worked with the Loyola College Division I athletic teams. Before joining the VCSST team in 2005, she practiced in various outpatient sports medicine clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Nancy is a dedicated triathlete and has competed in races ranging from sprints to half- ironman triathlons. Nancy represented Team USA in the World Triathlon championships in Cozumel, Mexico in 2016 finishing 11th in her age bracket! Nancy Placide, PT, ATC

The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone… FEET – We ignore them, abuse them and subordinate them to fashion. We hardly think about them at all unless they give us problems. However the lowly (pun) foot is the basic foundation for the entire structure of the body. If there is a problem with the foundation, the body may respond by changing the way it moves when we walk or run. Over time, this may not only result in foot pain, but may also cause occasional or chronic pain in the ankles, shins, knees, hips, back or any combination of these. This is because the function of the foot is to serve as a shock absorber with every step we take, and faulty foot mechanics can hinder this function. Custom orthotics may be helpful by allowing your foot to rest on a surface that will direct the foot into the proper position to accept your body’s weight and absorb forces during walking and running. VCSST has a certified orthotics specialist who can thoroughly evaluate you for the need for either over-the-counter or custom orthotics if indicated.

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