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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, a common cause of heel pain in growing children, involves inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. This condition occurs during periods of rapid growth, typically affecting active children aged eight to 14. The growth plate, or epiphyseal plate, is an area of developing cartilage tissue at the end of long bones. In Sever's disease, repetitive stress from activities like running and jumping causes inflammation and pain in the heel. Factors such as tight calf muscles, flat feet, or high arches can worsen the condition by increasing tension on the growth plate. Understanding the anatomy of the growing heel and the mechanical stresses involved is vital for identifying and managing Sever's disease. Rest, stretching exercises, and wearing supportive footwear are effective measures to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Keeping feet in top shape involves regular exercises and stretches that enhance flexibility, strength, and overall health, reducing the risk of injuries. Limbering up with a foot roll using a tennis ball helps massage and loosen the bottom of the foot. The bottom of the foot stretch, where you pull back on the toes while sitting, targets the plantar fascia, easing tension and preventing conditions like plantar fasciitis. The top-of-the-foot stretch is achieved by pointing the toes and gently pressing down, helping to alleviate tension and improve flexibility in the extensor muscles. Calf and Achilles stretches, such as leaning into a wall with one leg extended back, enhance the flexibility and strength of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, essential for maintaining proper foot mechanics. The seated hamstring stretch, where you reach for your toes while seated, supports the overall flexibility of the leg, reducing strain on the feet. If you would like personalized advice on foot stretches and to address any foot concerns you may have, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds that develop on the feet of individuals with diabetes. Ulcers may arise due to poor blood circulation, nerve damage known as neuropathy, and high blood sugar levels, which impair the body's ability to heal. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and drainage from the ulcer, and they may become infected if not properly treated. Some risk factors for diabetic foot ulcers are prolonged diabetes, poor glycemic control, smoking, and wearing inappropriate footwear. Additionally, foot deformities and a history of foot ulcers or amputation increase the likelihood of developing these sores. Treatment involves keeping the ulcer clean and covered, managing blood glucose levels, and taking antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. A podiatrist plays a crucial role in managing and preventing diabetic foot ulcers. They can provide routine foot care, recommend proper footwear, and offer guidance on foot hygiene. If you have diabetes and notice any foot abnormalities, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to prevent complications.


 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

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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