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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Flat feet is a condition that occurs in an individual when they do not exhibit any natural arch in their feet. This is to say that their entire foot rests completely against the floor. It is true that many cases of flat feet are not particularly problematic. For example, many cases rarely cause other complications or preclude you from engaging in physical activities. However, some cases of flat feet can cause the individual pain. If you find that you are prone to foot or ankle injuries, you are having difficulty walking, or only one foot has lost its natural arch, it might be a good idea to consult a podiatrist. This foot specialist will help you identify and address the problem with your flat feet. Don’t take any chances with the health of your feet–visit a podiatrist today.


 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 office located in Ann Arbor, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Many runners hear a lot about overpronation and its effects. Some pronation is relatively normal when your foot bears weight as you walk or run. The arch flattens out and the foot rotates inward. The degree to which the foot pronates is different for each runner. Overpronation can affect other body parts, such as the knee and calf, and the sole. How can you tell if you overpronate? Stand on one foot in front of a mirror. Notice whether your ankle wobbles and if your foot rolls in or out. The more it rolls in the more your inner arch touches the floor, and the more your foot pronates. To help remedy overpronation, look for running shoes that offer medial arch support and a wider heel. Additionally, several exercises can help to strengthen ankle and foot muscles, providing more stability. For more information on overpronation, please consult a podiatrist who can assess your gait and provide treatment options that may include custom orthotics.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 office located in Ann Arbor, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

A stress fracture is a hairline fracture that commonly happens in the foot and may be prevalent among people who enjoy running. It occurs as a result of repeated stress the foot endures from physical activity, and the pain can gradually worsen if it is not treated promptly. It is suggested to temporarily cease the activity that caused the fracture, and relief may come from frequently elevating and resting the foot. Research has shown that people who are deficient in vitamin D or calcium may be susceptible to getting stress fractures, and it is advised to increase these types of supplements, if applicable. Additionally, when crutches are used, healing may be accelerated as the weight is kept off of the affected foot. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary for permanent healing. The full recovery period for stress fracture surgery can be up to eight weeks, and low-impact activities can be performed as the healing takes place. If you think you may have a stress fracture, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly evaluate your foot, and offer treatment options that are correct for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ann Arbor, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Research has indicated there are millions of Americans that live with chronic wounds and some may produce foot pain. A common foot wound is a diabetic foot ulcer which often results from diabetes and neuropathy. They generally develop on the sole of the foot or on the big toe. Additional types of wounds on the feet include a venous stasis ulcer which is caused by damaged veins. If there is arterial insufficiency, an arterial ulcer may develop and can be found on the tips of the toes or between them. When improper shoes are worn or there is a lack of movement, a pressure ulcer can form in the heel or ankle. There are several methods that can help prevent wounds on the feet like refraining from walking barefoot, washing and drying the feet daily, and moisturizing the soles of the feet when they are damp. It is also beneficial to prevent the feet from being extremely hot or cold. It is important to examine the feet every day for existing cuts, bruises, and scrapes. If you would like more information about foot ulcers and how to prevent them, please confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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