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Friday, 14 May 2021 00:00

Strong and flexible feet are essential to runners. Feet are the part of the body that strike and engage with the ground, and provide the foundation on which the body relies to complete and sustain the running movement. With 26 bones in each foot, nearly one quarter of all the bones in our bodies are located in the feet, not to mention muscles and tendons. Strong arches are an important component in the propulsion action the feet and legs perform during running and also help the foot’s ability to adequately absorb high-impact forces which is critical to preventing injuries. Sometimes, runners either need to compensate for flat feet, or they can develop fallen arches over time. There are exercises a podiatrist can suggest to help you strengthen your foot muscles, as well as custom orthotics to give you the proper arch support you need while running. Additionally, they may present a surgical option to correct flexible flatfoot.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Danita Reese from Family Foot Clinic, PC. Our doctor 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 South Hill, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 06 May 2021 22:08

black feet3The arch of the foot is a frequent site of foot pain. Fortunately, some of this pain can be relieved through stretching the feet. You can stretch the plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of the foot and helps form the arch, by sitting in a chair with the affected foot raised on top of the opposite knee. Firmly but gently grasp the heel in one hand and the toes in the other hand and pull your heel towards the body while pulling your toes back. Hold this stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat two to four times. You should feel a stretch along the bottom of your foot. If you are experiencing persistent arch pain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.  

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese 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 South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 30 April 2021 21:03

barefoot running6The foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease affects adolescents and young children. It affects the growth plate in the heel area and can occur due to the heel enduring consistent pressure from frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition include limping and walking on tiptoes to avoid aggravating the heel, heel stiffness, and heel pain that may be more prominent upon arising in the morning. There are stretches that can be performed which may help to bring mild relief. These can include seated calf stretches, hamstring stretches, and it may help to use a foam roller that is rolled between the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. Sever's disease can be a painful experience, and it is strongly suggested that your child is under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 23 April 2021 18:55

foot bone painThe feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and many patients do not give their feet a second thought until they begin experiencing foot pain. There are many foot conditions that can gradually occur, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and bunions. These ailments can cause a considerable amount of pain, and walking may become difficult. A heel spur is defined as a bony growth that develops under the heel, and surgery may be considered for permanent removal. Plantar fasciitis is the result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the tendon that connects the heel to the toes. Severe pain and discomfort may come from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, and mild relief may be found when specific stretches are performed. A hard, bony growth that forms on the side of the big toe can be referred to as a bunion, and it can cause pain while wearing shoes. A podiatrist can effectively diagnose and treat conditions that cause foot pain.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese 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 South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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