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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Overpronation occurs when the arch of the foot collapses while bearing weight when a person is walking or standing. This issue is very common in patients who have flexible flat feet. As the arch begins to collapse, this overpronation stresses the feet and can lead to multiple issues. These issues can include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia, tendonitis, and bunions. Overpronation can be caused by a variety of factors, including obesity and pregnancy. Patients with overpronation may not feel discomfort early on or at all. Orthotics are often used to support the arch of the foot and treat this condition. Properly fitting footwear that has a firm heel should also be worn. If you are struggling with the overpronation of your foot, make sure to consult with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Heel pain, which can cause severe discomfort, usually comes from one of two sources. The first type of heel pain is usually a result of overuse. This soreness results from too much impact on the foot, which can be caused by wearing shoes with too low of a heel, wearing down of the fat pad on the heel, or from a sudden increase in activity. The other source of heel pain is usually plantar fasciitis. This is typically caused by a biomechanical issue like flat feet, and occurs when the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting the heel to the toes, becomes inflamed. The first step to dealing with heel pain is providing a cushioning for the heel, such as an orthotic, to help absorb the shock from your movements. Persistent heel pain should be checked by a podiatrist, who may recommend other treatment options, such as anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone shots.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

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 Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

Hammertoe occurs when the ligaments and tendons in the middle joint of toes tighten up and force the toes to curl downwards. This can normally happen in any toe except the big toe. The hammertoe can often become uncomfortable if it rubs against the shoe. There are two types od hammertoes which are categorized by the affected toe’s mobility. Flexible hammertoes can be straightened out manually. However, a rigid hammertoe can not be manually straightened out, and its movement can be very limited and painful. Those who are suffering from hammertoes should make sure to wear shoes with a high and wide toe box that allows for enough space for the toes. If your hammertoes persist, make sure to consult with a podiatrist for treatment options since surgery may be necessary.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please 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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Monday, 28 December 2020 00:00

Bunions are bony bumps that form on the outside of the big toe at the base of the joint. Bunions typically form due to excess pressure being placed on the big toe joint over time. However, there are several other types of bunions as well. A congenital hallux valgus refers to a bunion that is present in a baby at birth. Juvenile or adolescent hallux valgus refer to bunions that occur in children between the ages of 10 and 15. A Tailor’s bunion, which is also known as a bunionette, forms on the outside of the pinky toe, rather than on the big toe. Bunions may not cause symptoms initially, but tend to progress and become more uncomfortable and even painful over time. If you have bunions, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If you are suffering from bunions, 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.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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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