Some people have a small gap underneath their arch while standing- meaning the inner part of their foot will be slightly raised off the ground. On the other hand, some people with flat feet or no arches can have very low or even no arches while standing. This is called flat feet or pes planus. In young children this can be completely normal and may resolve as the foot develops. However, this does not always happen and as a result, flat feet can become problematic and painful. If this occurs, it must be treated.
Some causes of flat feet may include aging, injuries, or medical conditions that can cause flat feet to develop. The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain because connecting ligaments and muscles may be strained. Other pain symptoms may occur in the form of swelling in the arch area, back or hips, calf or knee, or general lower legs.
Many patients with flat feet may experience pain when walking for prolonged periods of time, running, and while participating in sports or activities. Your feet may even feel tired or ache after standing for a long time. This pain can not only occur in your feet but also in your ankles, knees and your back. This is due to alignment issues. Your ankles roll inward (pronation) which can cause pain and general discomfort. Your feet may feel tired or ache after standing for a long time. If your child is experiencing pain after sports, pain with standing or even ankle pain, they may have flat feet.
If you have any of the following symptoms you should be examined by a podiatrist: pain around the heel or arch region, ankle pain or instability, flat arches on weight bearing, or uneven shoe treads.
The good news is that flat feet is extremely common and there are many treatment options available that can help relieve any pain or discomfort you or your child may be experiencing. Treatment options many range from supportive shoes, custom orthotics and physical therapy just to name a few. If you are concerned about the possibility that you or your child may have flat feet, make an appointment at one of our convenient locations to get examined today!
We have had a recent influx of patients asking us to give them "Rihanna
That's right, they want their feet to look like Rihanna's. Well,
needless to say, we were quite surprised. When we started to do some
research we found that her feet have their own Instagram account.
People have come to covet the look of her toes, the contours of her arch
and the suppleness of her skin.
While this is extreme, we could all serve to care a little more about
our feet. Dry skin, ugly nails and deformed toes are not exactly
When you have a chance take look at Rihanna's feet. Maybe you will be
inspired to take better care of yours!
As the end of the year approaches we find ourselves bundling up in hats, gloves and scarves as well as turning on our seat warmers and
heat. Turning on our heat results in dry air inside our home which when combined with the lack of humidity outside finds us suffering from dry skin or xerosis.
Dry skin is most common in the winter months as well as with older individuals. Patients living with diabetes are also at an increased
risk due decreased sweat gland activity. Overbathing, central heat, cold, dry winters and dehydration can all contribute to red or white, flaky, cracked, peeling, painful skin.
Our skin needs moisture to stay smooth. Rough, dry skin is usually a minor problem but can be quite uncomfortable. Patients usually
present to our office this time of year with cracks in their heels (fissures) and calluses (thickened skin). Quick and easy ways to
improve your skin’s appearance and alleviate these symptoms is taking shorter showers and using a moisturizing, urea based cream daily.
Sometimes the thickened, dry skin needs to be shaved down to relieve some of the pressure and discomfort. This type of procedure should
never be attempted at home (bathroom surgery) nor a nail salon.
Gel socks, daily cream applications and regularly scheduled podiatric visits can help keep your feet happy this time of year.
In denial that summer is over? Another thing we lose in addition to the heat are our beloved flip flops during the winter months. Fear not! We might have just found a way out of packing away our flip flops this year! Etsy just released various varieties of hand-knitted socks that allow the heel and toes to remain exposed so that we can wear our flip flops!Now, one might think...why would anyone want to wear flip flops during the winter? Imagine being able to go for a pedicure with flip flops on during the winter and not fearing the possibility of your freshly pedicured nails smudging in boots! For all of our patients at Advanced Podiatry who love doing yoga, these hand-knitted socks are an excellent way of continuing what you love while staying warm and trendy! And since the holiday season is right around the corner, they also make great stocking stuffers!
Repeated stress like the continuous pounding of running, sports, exercise, or dance 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 most often.
The pain is typically felt at a specific and localize 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 milder first, but he 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 with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is key here, ice and anti- inflammatory medication may assist in the early days, but the fastest path way to healing is through relative offloading of the fracture site. That means no running or high impact exercise until your doctor says so. We, at Advanced Podiatry, often prescribe a Walking Boot to help take some load off the affected area. A stress fracture can turn into a full break if you aren't careful.
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