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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Idiopathic toe walking is a phenomenon where children habitually walk on their toes without any underlying medical condition or known cause. While toe walking is common in toddlers who are learning to walk, persistent toe walking beyond the age of three without any identifiable cause can be a cause for concern. Children with idiopathic toe walking typically walk on their toes with their heels off the ground during most or all of their walking activities. This behavior can affect their balance, coordination, and overall motor development. While the exact cause of idiopathic toe walking remains unclear, it is believed to involve a combination of factors including tightness in the calf muscles, sensory processing issues, or developmental delays. Early intervention is vital in addressing idiopathic toe walking and preventing potential complications such as muscle stiffness or contractions. Treatment may involve specific stretches that can strengthen the calf muscles, orthotic devices to encourage heel contact, and monitoring to track developmental progress and address any underlying issues. If your child has this condition, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment measures.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Ali Davis, DPM of The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis notorious for its sudden and excruciating pain. Gout typically targets one joint at a time, and commonly strikes in the big toe joint. Flares, which are periods of intense symptoms, alternate with remission phases. The primary culprit behind gout is an excess of uric acid in the body, which forms crystals that accumulate in joints, fluids, and tissues, sparking inflammation. While gout has no cure, it can be effectively managed with medication and certain lifestyle adjustments. Diagnosis by a podiatrist usually occurs during a flare up, involving symptom assessment, physical examination, and lab tests to detect uric acid crystals. Seeking diagnosis and treatment from a podiatrist is important due to gout’s nonspecific symptoms that resemble other inflammatory disorders. Treatment typically involves pain management during flare ups with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, or colchicine. Other preventive measures can include dietary changes to eliminate foods rich in purines and weight management to reduce future attacks and complications. If you are experiencing symptoms like sudden joint pain or swelling, especially in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Strong ankles are vital for runners to maintain stability, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Incorporating specific exercises into your routine can help strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the ankles. Simple exercises like calf raises, where you lift your heels off the ground and lower them back down, target the calf muscles and improve ankle stability. Ankle circles are done by rotating your ankles in both directions, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. Additionally, balance exercises, such as single-leg stands or using a balance board, can enhance proprioception and strengthen the ankle-stabilizing muscles. Strengthening exercises, such as toe curls and marble pickups, focus on the muscles of the foot and can contribute to overall ankle strength and stability. By incorporating these exercises into your regular training regimen, you can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries while enjoying the benefits of running for improved health and fitness. If you have an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat this condition and offer you future running injury prevention tips.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Ali Davis, DPM of The Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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