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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Wearing high heels can significantly alter the biomechanics of the feet, leading to various effects that extend beyond fashion considerations. The elevation of the heel shifts the body's weight forward, causing increased pressure on the balls of the feet and toes. This can result in discomfort, pain, and even the development of conditions like bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas over time. The arch of the foot is also affected, as high heels can cause it to become overly extended or flattened, potentially contributing to issues such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Additionally, high heels can affect balance and stability, increasing the risk of ankle sprains or falls. Prolonged wear of high heels may lead to muscular imbalances and changes in gait patterns, further exacerbating foot problems. If you have foot pain and feel it may be coming from frequently wearing high heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you relief tips.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Foot ulcers are serious, open wounds that can develop on the feet, particularly in individuals with diabetes or poor circulation, and can cause considerable foot pain. These ulcers typically occur due to a combination of factors, including nerve damage, reduced blood flow, and repetitive pressure or trauma to the skin. Diabetes, in particular, increases the risk of foot ulcers due to its effects on nerve function and blood circulation, making the feet more susceptible to injury and slower to heal. Left untreated, foot ulcers can lead to severe complications, including infection, tissue damage, and even amputation. The pain associated with foot ulcers can vary depending on the severity and location of the wound but is often described as sharp, burning, or throbbing. Individuals with foot ulcers may also experience tenderness, swelling, and redness in the affected area. The majority of foot ulcers cause issues that demand medical attention. If you have a foot ulcer, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and management strategies.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, are a foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition occurs when the bone or tissue at the joint shifts out of place, causing the big toe to lean inward toward the other toes. The anatomy of a bunion involves the misalignment of the metatarsophalangeal, known as the MTP, joint that leads to a bony bump on the side of the foot and the deviation of the big toe. Several factors contribute to the development of bunions, including genetics, improper footwear, and structural foot abnormalities. Individuals with a family history of bunions are more predisposed to developing them, as are those who frequently wear tight or narrow shoes that squeeze the toes together. Additionally, conditions, such as flat feet or low arches, can increase the risk of bunions by placing excessive pressure on the MTP joint. Understanding the anatomy and causes of bunions is helpful for effective prevention and treatment strategies. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective management techniques.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, 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.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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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