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Friday, 28 October 2022 00:00

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Foot Injuries in Bowling

The wrong twist or slide in bowling can result in a foot injury. One can sprain or strain their ankle or sustain a stress fracture from the wrong foot placement. Well-fitting and quality bowling shoes that are made to slide in the game and can help keep feet balanced aim to prevent such injuries. House shoes often do not fit well. Learning the proper footwork or dance between the right and left feet during bowling is also necessary for safety. Investing time in learning proper bowling footwork and money in obtaining good bowling shoes is recommended. If you have injured your feet in bowling or want to learn more about preventing such injuries, consult with a podiatrist who can help you with these things.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with our foot specialists from California. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Don't Ignore a Stress Fracture

A stress fracture happens as a result of repetitive use of the feet and can occur from excessive running, walking, or participating in jumping activities. Pain and discomfort often accompany a stress fracture and it can be common for it to be ignored. Many people feel uncomfortable giving up exercising because of a stress fracture, despite knowing that this is temporarily the best thing that can be done to ensure proper healing. There are alternatives to exercises that many people have found to be enjoyable, in addition to maintaining cardiovascular health. These include swimming, cycling, and water aerobics. Additionally, patients can opt to use a stationary bike that has no impact on the feet. It is beneficial to treat a stress fracture by frequently elevating the affected foot and wearing a protective boot can provide adequate stability as well. If you have developed a stress fracture in your foot, please contact a podiatrist for effective relief methods.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact our foot specialists from California. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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If your child participates in sporting activities and complains of heel pain, it may be indicative of Sever’s disease. The heel plate becomes inflamed which may occur due to high-impact activities. Swelling and pain often accompany Sever’s disease, and it can develop in children and young teenagers. Children who develop this ailment may be affected psychologically. This may be noticeable if the child declines participation in specific activities because of chronic heel pain. Additionally, their athletic ability may suffer a setback in their chosen sport as a result of being omitted from participation. Sever’s disease is treated by stopping the activity that caused the pain, followed by performing specific stretches that can help to provide mild relief. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly urged that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose Sever’s disease and offer extended treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see our foot specialists from California. Our doctors 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 Upland, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Burn Blisters

Many people will develop a blister at one point in their lives due to repeated friction. For example, when wearing an ill-fitting pair of shoes, the material of the shoes might rub against the skin in an uncomfortable way, sometimes creating a blister. Burn blisters, however, develop not in response to friction but in order to protect an area of the skin that has been burned. For instance, a burn blister may develop on the foot after it has suffered a sunburn or second-degree burn of some kind. If you have a burn blister on your foot due to a second degree burn, seek out medical assistance immediately. This is especially true if you notice that there is swelling, redness, or pus around the blister. Of course, it is always important to resist the urge to pop a burn blister, because this increases the likelihood of developing an infection. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about burn blisters.


 

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact our foot specialists of California. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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