Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

The condition that is known as pes planus, or flat feet, is common among babies. It is an ailment that most people are born with, and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. This condition can correct itself, as the muscles and soft tissues become stronger. A child’s foot is often examined by a podiatrist, who may be able to determine if there is an underlying cause. Some of these can include cerebral palsy, connective tissue disorders, or juvenile arthritis. There may be an abnormal foot structure that can cause flat feet, in addition to possible muscle or ligament damage. Additionally, adults who are overweight may have flat feet, as a result of the extra pressure the feet endure from completing daily activities. Many people who have this condition find it beneficial to perform specific stretches that may gradually improve flexibility and range of motion. If you or your child have flat feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns and answer questions you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Neuropathy is a common problem for many diabetics. Its major cause is damage to the peripheral nerves that send signals to the feet. Because these signals can become weak or not received, the feet can become numb and problems may ensue. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include paresthesia, which is a tingling or buzzing sensation in the feet. It can become worse at night while sleeping. Pins and needles in the feet and toes, called dysesthesia, cause intense pain and a burning sensation. The severity depends on the amount of nerve damage that has occurred. Another common symptom is a loss of the perception of temperatures. This causes the feet to be less sensitive to heat and more sensitive to cold. Meanwhile, hyperesthesia is an exaggerated sensitivity to the skin. Socks and tights can feel too tight, causing the skin to feel irritated even though nothing is physically wrong. One way to relieve some of these symptoms is by choosing footwear that is comfortable and fits properly. For information on how to best deal with diabetic neuropathy, please consult a podiatrist.  

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 24 November 2022 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

The Lisfranc injury is a particular kind of foot ailment that one ought to be aware of if they are serious about maintaining the health of their feet. The Lisfranc injury occurs in the midfoot area and entails bone fractures and ligaments that are torn. Importantly, the Lisfranc ligament unites the second metatarsal bone and the medial cuneiform which is located around the middle foot. The time that it will take to recover from a Lisfranc injury will necessarily depend on the severity of the injury. In severe cases of a Lisfranc injury, a surgical procedure may be necessary, and recovery can last anywhere from nine to twelve months. If you feel as though you might have some kind of Lisfranc injury, contact a podiatrist immediately.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors 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 offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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