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Posts for: July, 2015

Inventor Kenton Lee has created a solution for parents who are wary of their child’s ever-growing feet and the number of shoes they may have to buy to accommodate their child’s growth. While the shoe/sandal was intended for impoverished children unable to purchase either a single pair of shoes or larger shoes to fit growing feet, those who are looking for a simple and more practical option for providing footwear for their growing child will find Lee’s invention useful. Shoes come in either small or large, with small lasting from kindergarten to fourth grade and large starting where small left off until about ninth grade. Straps set at various intervals on the shoe can be adjusted to fit the wearer’s comfort. The shoes themselves are made of rubber and leather and are meant to last.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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

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The world’s number one golf player, Rory McIlroy, will not be returning to defend his title in the Open Championship due to a sprained ankle. The golfer said the injury occurred while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland. While he was hopeful recovery would be short, McIlroy later decided that the Open Championship at St. Andrews was not worth risking complete recovery. McIlroy will be the first player not defending his Open title since Ben Hogan in 1954.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Carrie Luger Slayback of the Huntington Beach Independent had been experiencing consistent heel pain before going to see her podiatrist. Initially Slayback began wearing arch supports as directed by her podiatrist. A second visit revealed a heel spur, to which her podiatrist prescribed her cortisone pills to ease the persistent pain. A later visit to the podiatrist revealed plantar fasciitis. To curb her pain, Slayback takes Ibuprofen daily, gives her feet breaks from her regular runs, and visits her local spa for foot massages.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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Summer weather often means the tendency for many to favor flip-flops and sandals over their normal shoes. Flip-flops often bring about concern over their lack of arch support and the foot or ankle pain they may cause. Due to their lack of support, the arch of the foot is forced to stretch, causing heel pain. However, flip-flops can cause a myriad of other problems such as foot pab problems, injured tendons, risks of exposed toes, injured bones, and altered gait problems. Flip-flop use should be limited if possible.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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

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