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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Causes and Treatment of Sever’s Disease

In the first few years of a child’s life, the bones in their feet develop from soft areas of cartilage, known as growth plates. Once the growth plate fully develops, the bones do not grow any further. The heel bone grows until about the age of 15. A child between the ages of 9 and 15 who is physically active may develop a condition known as Sever’s disease. This is simply an imbalance between the growth of the heel bone and the soft tissue. The result is pain around the heel, which is made worse by running or standing on tiptoes. It is nearly impossible to detect Sever’s disease from an X-ray, but the symptoms usually are enough to make an accurate diagnosis. Relief from Sever’s disease comes from ceasing the activity that caused it and resting the foot. Heel pads and splinting at night can help to reduce the pain. For more information about Sever’s disease, please check with a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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.

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Sunday, 27 November 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

All About the Hindfoot

The human foot is a complex structure that contains a plethora of different bones, ligaments, and muscles. One way that medical professionals distinguish between different parts of the human foot is by using specific terminology to refer to distinct parts of the foot. For example, the hindfoot is a word used to refer to the back portion of the foot. This part of the foot contains the ankle and heel bone, and other joints like the subtalar and talocrural joints. The hind foot is often contrasted with the midfoot and the forefoot. Whereas the hindfoot has larger bones and more ligaments and tendons than the forefoot, it has a smaller amount of bones. If you are interested in learning more about the intricacies of the human foot, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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.

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Standing for the majority of the day can wreak havoc on the entire body, specifically the feet.  The restaurant business, hospital employees, and retail positions are careers that often fall into this category. There are methods that can protect the feet during the work day. These can include resting the feet as often as possible, and stretching them while standing can help to keep the muscles and joints flexible. Many people choose to stand on a stress mat, which is constructed of rubber materials that can help to cushion the feet while standing. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly, and this may reduce the risk of developing specific foot conditions. These can include corns, bunions, and heel problems that can range from heel spurs to plantar fasciitis. Soaking the feet in warm water after the work day will help to relax the muscles, and provide an overall good feeling to the body. If you would like to know more about how to protect your feet while working, please speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

What Is a Pressure Sore

There are many wounds that may develop on the feet, causing the individual discomfort or pain. Pressure sores are just one example. Pressure sores can develop on the feet when an excessive degree of pressure is applied to one area of the foot. As a result, blood flow is reduced to the area of the foot, and the skin can essentially die. Pressure sores are categorized by the severity of one's symptoms. For example, there are four stages of pressure sores, all defined by increasingly severe symptoms. The risk factors for pressure sores include being an older adult, having delicate skin, having to spend a significant amount of time in bed, and being malnourished. If you believe that you might have developed a pressure sore, contact a podiatrist today for treatment.  

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Reasons Your Feet May Hurt

“Oh, my aching feet,” is a common complaint at the end of the day. That is because the feet work hard to carry the weight of the entire body all day long, particularly if you spend a lot of time standing or walking. Still, not all aches and pains in the feet are caused by activity. Flat feet, for instance, can contribute to increased foot fatigue. Aging can be another factor in aching feet, as the fat pads on the heel become thinner and the feet often become wider. The shoes worn throughout the day, especially high heels with pointy toes, can affect foot pain, too. Certain medical and physical conditions – including diabetes, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and hammertoes – are often causes of foot pain. And of course injuries, such as stress fractures, sprains, or muscle strains, may be factors. Aching feet at the end of the day should not be a general cause for alarm, especially if the pain subsides after you rest or soak your feet. However, if the foot pain is ongoing or chronic, it may be a good idea to consult with a podiatrist for an evaluation. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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