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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

How the Heel Works

The heel is an integral part of your foot, and it plays an important role in helping the foot function. The heel is located at the back of the foot, and it is situated just below the ankle. The heel also sits right behind the arch of the foot. The heel is primarily composed of the calcaneus bone, which has a rectangular shape, and it is supported underneath by a fat padding and thick skin. In terms of biomechanics, the heel has two interesting and critical functions. First, when standing upright on both feet, a person is aided by the heel because it serves as a kind of weight-bearing support unit. In other words, the heel is stabilizing and protective. Second, when an individual is engaging in physical activities that involve motion (such as walking, running, or jumping), the heel acts as a type of lever which engages muscles in the calf. Taking care of the heel is important. Not only can the skin surrounding the heel become damaged through a condition known as cracked heels, the heel bone can also suffer from afflictions such as heel spurs. If you want to learn more about heels and how you can protect them, contact a trusted podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact our foot specialists from California. 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 Upland, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

What Is a Bruised Heel?

There are many different causes of heel pain. One potential cause of your heel pain is known as a bruised heel. This condition essentially targets the skin and fat cushioning that protects the heel bone. Bruised heels can result from trauma that happens slowly over time, such as the repeated and sustained impact on the heel from running or jumping. However, bruised heels can also come about in response to a one-time traumatic injury. The most noticeable and prominent symptom of this condition is pain at the bottom of the heel bone, also known as the calcaneus. Importantly, the pain that is felt from a bruised heel is typically not as long-lasting as that felt from plantar fasciitis. Another symptom of bruised heels is a purple or red color on the heel. This discoloration is a sign of a bruise and results from bleeding that is happening underneath the skin. There are a variety of risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing a bruised heel. For example, if you are significantly overweight or you run barefoot, then you might be more susceptible to developing a bruised heel. If you think that you may be suffering from this condition, reach out to a podiatrist who can help with treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our foot specialists of California. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Different Types of Flat Feet

Flat feet is a somewhat self-explanatory foot affliction that can affect a wide variety of individuals. This condition occurs when someone has no visible arch in their foot, or it may partially or completely disappear when the foot is on the ground. In other words, people with flat feet have no gap between the ground and the middle point of the soles of their feet. When standing, people with flat feet will be able to press their entire foot flush against the ground. While this condition can occur in children, adults may also be susceptible to flat feet. There are two main kinds of flat feet that you ought to be aware of. The first kind is known as flexible flat foot. This typically occurs in children when the arch of their feet disappears when standing, but it reappears when the child is sitting down. In some cases, children with flexible flat foot will also exhibit arches in their feet when walking on their tip toes. The second kind is known as rigid flat foot. This kind of flat foot is seen in both children and adults who never exhibit any kind of arch in their feet, whether they are walking normally, walking on their tip toes, or sitting down. If you believe you might have flat feet, consider contacting a podiatrist who can provide guidance and assistance.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact our foot specialists from California. 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 Upland, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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