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Posts for category: Foot Care

By Dr Quynh Lee
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Soccer Season  

                                 

Soccer season is in full swing! We recently discussed young children and heel pain while playing soccer. Today we will discuss some of the more common soccer injuries. It is very important to observe and listen to your children about their complaints of foot and ankle pain. Soccer is a very physically demanding sport and the running associated with it places excessive stress on a young foot. Many times, parents and coaches are not aware of just how serious an injury may be. Parents should be vigilant about not letting their children play through foot and ankle pain. I always tell my patients that it is always better to sit out a few games to rest an injury and recover rather than miss out on an entire season!

Here are some common injuries to be on the look-out for:

  • Stress fractures
    • Can present as lingering heel pain or foot pain and upon testing can be a stress fracture. These can be very subtle and difficult to pick up. They are often not visible immediately and will show up on later x-rays.
  • Overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis
    • Pain caused by inflammation and overuse.
  • Ankle sprains
    • Extremely common! Needs to be evaluated immediately to assess the extent of injury or damage.
  • Apophysitis
    • See in skeletally immature individuals in which the growth plates become inflamed. In young children, the growth plates have not closed yet and the bones are still growing and maturing (until ages 13-16). When there is constant and repetitive motions this can aggravate the growth plates and cause pain and inflammation.

In short, don’t just tell your child to “walk it off” or “no pain, no gain”. They may need to be evaluated and treated for a more serious injury.

 

 

By Robin Kerns, MS, LMT
November 07, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Massage  

                                     

When it comes to massage of the feet, there are a number of specific treatments available.  A licensed massage therapist is trained and experienced to treat the feet with specific knowledge of the anatomy involved.  
 
In comparison to most other bones, muscles, soft tissues, ligaments and tendons of the body, those of the feet are small in size.  Still, they are huge in significance.   
 
Feet allow us to stand upright, withstanding the weight of our entire bodies.  Feet allow us to walk, run and perform many other activities.  Considering their size, how can one not marvel at their design and ability to perform tasks?  An anatomical wonder, feet are clearly a biomechanic feat, homophonically speaking. 
 
Yet, failure to think of the value of feet can lead to many challenging circumstances.  It is important to recognize and acknowledge problems, and obtain needed care for these vigorous little workers, along with the equally vigorous working tiny toes.   
 
Think momentarily:  In your opinion, your hair looks terrible.  At the very minimum, you comb or brush it. You may cut it or change the style. Moreover, there are keratin, scalp, hot oil and detox treatments. Hair can be rolled, straightened, trimmed, colored or highlighted.  Gel, glue, mousse, conditioner, serum, spray or wax can be applied. Hair can be chemically relaxed. Hair can even be transplanted.  And these are just hair treatments, not scalp ones!  On the other hand, physiologically, scalp treatments make sense.  But for purposes here feet are the sole (another homophone) comparison.  
 
Hair is one of the first visual indicators of our outward appearance.  Feet are not.  Even in warmer weather, when their rankings rise a bit, feet are still not a top contender.  People negate proper foot care; is it due to their location on the human body? 
 
It is important to treat your feet well: to wear properly fitting shoes, and to not ignore symptoms or signs of problems.  Not to disparage hair care, but even a limited extent of treatments available would not change our physical states of well being.  Ignoring proper foot care, well,  this is quite a different story.  
 
So what role does foot massage play here?  Not surprisingly, a very good one.  When asked where people most want to be massaged, the most common answers are their feet and backs.  
 
Therefore the goal is to recognize that overall foot health means overall foot care. And this includes massaging the feet. If not by a professional, then individuals need to take the time to work on their feet, even just a few minutes a day.   
 
Furthermore, as a licensed massage therapist, I not only have a plethora of treatment options and skills at my fingertips (haha), but I design and choreograph entire therapy plans and sequences.  Truth be told, when focused on these small anatomical workhorses, my role becomes minutely specific and deeply meaningful. This is no small feat, either! 

 

By Robin Kerns, MS, LMT
November 07, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Massage  
                                      
 
The feet are one of the most ignored, yet most important parts of the body.  
 
And we want and need our feet to last a lifetime. 
 
Foot massage and reflexology improve circulation and heart rate, lower blood pressure, increase lymphatic drainage (the filtering of fluid impurities from blood prior to the blood recirculating within the body), and assist in the reduction of local joint pain. Foot massage and reflexology also increase balance and range of motion, thus improving mobility.  These treatments are particularly beneficial after injury, podiatric procedure or surgery.   
 
Complementary and beneficial to one another, podiatry and massage therapy or reflexology address all aforementioned conditions, whilst promoting healing. 
 
A foot massage can be part of a full body massage therapy session or a stand alone (pun unintended) reflexology session.  Certainly, there is no disputing the fact: Foot treatments are wonderful!  
By Dr Arden Smith
November 07, 2019
Category: Foot Care

                                   

Repeated stress, like the continuous pounding of running, can cause a tiny break in the bone, also known as a stress fracture. The metatarsal bones, which make up The front part of the arch, are a common area for stress fractures with the second and third metatarsal‘s being affected the most often.

The pain is typically felt at a specific and localized spot usually on the top portion of the bone. Sadly, your stress fracture might not be obvious at first, which puts you at risk for making it worse. The pain may be mild at first, but it can intensify with time if you don’t take care of it.

Stress fractures take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal and are routinely treated by our expert doctors at our Advanced Podiatry offices with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is key here: ice and NSAID medication may assist in early days, but the fastest path way to healing is through relative offloading of the fracture site. To be clear, that means no running until your doctor says so. At Advanced Podiatry we often dispense a walking boot to help take some load off the affected area. The stakes are high: a stress fracture can turn into a fracture – fracture, or full break, if you aren’t careful!


Stress Fractures and Runners


Stress fractures of the foot are becoming more common in runners, especially first time marathoners. The growing popularity of marathons among beginning runners has contributed to the increase in repetitive stress injury‘s, including stress fractures of the foot. Often, first time marathoners enter a race with little or improper long-distance training. The lack of experience coupled with the repetitive impact placed on the feet during the run can produce enough stress to cause hairline breaks in the bones of the foot, stress fractures.
Runners at all levels of experience or also at higher risk for stress fractures if they wear improper shoes while running or training, suffer from flat foot or other foot deformities, or osteoporosis. As mentioned above, signs of a stress fracture can include pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising of the area. Once the stress fracture is healed Custom Foot Orthotics are often prescribed by our expert doctors at Advanced Podiatry to help prevent recurrence.

By Dr Alison Croughan
November 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: The Foot Book  
                             The Foot Book
 
Left foot, right foot, feet, feet, feet, how many many feet you meet. - Dr. Seuss' "The Foot Book"
 
As podiatrists our days are filled with many different types of feet from the smallest to the biggest and although our care and thoroughness is the same no matter our patient's age we take pride at Advanced Podiatry to make sure not only are our patients comfortable but their parents as well.
 
I am a local mom, patient and podiatrist - depending on the "hat" I am wearing my approach may be a bit different but each role influences my experiences especially when it concerns my children.  When asked how you can prepare your child for their first visit to our office or things you as a parent should know - I hope I can help to ease concerns you may have.
 
For myself personally, I usually do not wear my white coat while treating pediatric patients, I introduce myself as Dr. Croughan to the parents but let the patient know they can call me "Ali".  I take my time and explain things in a language that everyone can understand - I want the patient and parents to both feel comfortable at all times.
 
Although it may sound silly - I will most certainly ask your child to stand and walk up and down the hall for me "runway style" so I can examine their "natural gait."
 
No matter what the complaint or problem at hand I will check your child's skin, pulse, toenails, and gait.  
 
I am honest, I am kind and I care.
 
I want to know what shoes your child is wearing most of the time, to school and while playing sports - I will explain what I love and do not care for in regards to the shoe style and what is best for your child's feet.  I will give you affordable options and we can discuss if an orthotic (insert) is necessary.
 
I always recommend wearing socks.
 
There are no silly questions or concerns so please do not hesitate to make an appointment and ask - from stinky feet to tripping to toe walking to the proper way to cut a toenail.


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