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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

The Functionality of Foot Arches

The biomechanics of the human foot comprises three primary arches, which are the medial longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch. These arches, constructed of bones, ligaments, and tendons, play a vital role in providing support, stability, and shock absorption during weight-bearing activities. The medial longitudinal arch, running along the inner edge of the foot, acts as a natural spring, absorbing the impact of each step and distributing the body's weight evenly. Its counterpart, the lateral longitudinal arch, assists in maintaining balance and stability by bearing weight on the outer edge of the foot. The transverse arch, situated across the midfoot, adds further structural integrity to the foot and facilitates weight transfer during movement. Together, these arches work harmoniously to adapt to various surfaces, absorb shocks, and propel the body forward efficiently. If you are interested in learning more about how the arches of the foot work in harmony with the bones, ligaments, and muscles, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting information.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Plantar fasciitis, a common ailment among basketball players, arises from the intense physical demands of the sport. The continuous running, abrupt stops, and sudden directional changes put immense pressure on the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Repeated stress can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, causing excruciating heel pain. Players often find themselves grappling with the debilitating effects of this condition, hindering their on-court performance. Ignoring the initial signs can exacerbate the problem, making it imperative for basketball enthusiasts to prioritize preventative measures. Adequate warm-up routines, wearing proper footwear, and incorporating stretching exercises into the daily regimen can aid in reducing the risk of plantar fasciitis. If you have developed heel pain from playing basketball, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

When to See a Doctor for Heel Pain

Experiencing heel pain can significantly impact your daily life, making even simple tasks like walking or standing uncomfortable. Podiatrists, medical professionals specializing in foot and ankle health, can diagnose and treat heel pain. These types of doctors understand the complex structure of the foot and can identify the underlying causes of heel pain. Included are overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, or Achilles tendonitis. Targeting the underlying cause of heel pain is important for appropriate care. It is especially important to seek the advice of a podiatrist if you have persistent pain, and if the pain comes suddenly or after an injury. A podiatrist can offer a personalized treatment plan that may include specialized exercises, custom orthotics, medication, or advanced therapies designed to alleviate pain and promote healing. Podiatrists can also provide valuable guidance on footwear choices and lifestyle modifications to prevent future pain. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested you seek the help of a podiatrist for diagnosis and care. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

The Impact of Diabetes on Foot Health

Diabetes poses significant risks to foot health, highlighting the importance of vigilant care and preventive measures. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage nerves, known as neuropathy, and reduce blood flow, impairing sensation and circulation in the feet. Neuropathy diminishes the ability to feel pain, heat, or cold, increasing the likelihood of unnoticed injuries or wounds. Additionally, reduced blood flow hampers the body's ability to heal, increasing the risk of foot infections and ulcers. Diabetes also heightens susceptibility to foot complications like corns, calluses, and fungal infections due to impaired immune function. Charcot foot, a severe condition characterized by weakened bones and joint deformities, is another complication of diabetes that can lead to disability without proper care. To mitigate these risks, individuals with diabetes must adopt a comprehensive foot care regimen. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage the effects of this condition on your feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 March 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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