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January 2023

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

How Being Overweight Can Affect Your Feet

Being overweight can contribute to the development of foot problems in several  ways. Carrying excess weight can negatively affect the structure of your feet, especially in the heels. It also increases the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The more extra weight you carry, the worse any foot ailment becomes. Being overweight can result in overuse foot problems, such as tendonitis, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis or other heel pain. It is also believed that excess weight increases your chances of developing high cholesterol, poor circulation, and diabetes. These conditions can have a direct result on damage to your feet. The main ways to reduce the effects of obesity is to become more physically active, find an eating plan that allows you to lose weight gradually, and make some lifestyle changes regarding food habits. If you have foot pain that is a direct result of excessive body weight, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can examine your feet and ankles and offer appropriate treatment options. 

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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, 17 January 2023 00:00

Cuboid Syndrome and Taping

Cuboid syndrome is a lesser-known affliction of the foot among the general public. Primarily affecting the cuboid bone at the deep plantar area of the foot, cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone moves out of alignment. A medical professional may recommend any number of different techniques to treat cuboid syndrome. Taping is one such technique that might be used to treat the condition or mitigate its effects. Taping can be performed by a medical professional trained in foot health such as a podiatrist. A podiatrist performs this by essentially wrapping the foot in medical tape. Specifically, the podiatrist can secure tape on the bottom of the foot by the cuboid bone and wrap the tape around the top of the foot to the ankle. If you believe that you might have cuboid syndrome, contact a podiatrist today.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, 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.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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, 10 January 2023 00:00

The Three Foot Shapes

Babies' feet grow rapidly in their early years. An infant’s foot has 22 bones, and the remaining bones will form by the time the child reaches age five. Prior to this, babies’ feet are made of soft cartilage, and it is important that their first shoe is made of pliable materials. It is beneficial to have your child crawl and walk barefoot while indoors, and this is beneficial in keeping the foot strong. When your child is two years old, they will have a distinctive foot shape, either tapered, square, or round. These shapes are easy to notice, as the toes will be in a square formation when they are all the same length. Many patients’ second or third toe is the longest, and this is characteristic of the rounded shape. When the biggest toe is the longest, this generally falls into the tapered shape category. There are many things to know about children’s foot health, and if you would like additional information, please consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Loren Hansen, DPM of Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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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Friday, 06 January 2023 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Joints of the Feet

The biomechanics of the feet are outstandingly complex, as more than 25 bones and 30 joints are located in the human feet. Each bone, ligament, muscle, and joint serves an important function to keep the feet functioning correctly and engaged in normal motion. The joints, in particular, are indispensable to the human foot. It is important to note that the joints essentially make jumping, walking, and motion generally possible. Some of the most important joints in the feet include the ankle joint, the tarsometatarsal joint, and the Interphalangeal joint. Joints are formed at the intersection point of two bones (i.e. where two bones come together in the foot). Joints are primarily engaged in facilitating movement between the bones, which makes their role so critical in the feet. Since joints play such an important role in the feet, injuries to ankle joints can be serious and motion-inhibiting. For example, a common injury of this type is known as an ankle sprain, which targets the ankle joint, tearing the relevant ligaments. If you are interested in learning more about the important joints of the human foot, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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