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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Why the Shape of Your Feet Matters

Your feet are the foundation of your body, and when the shape of your foot is compromised, it can have far-reaching consequences. Wearing Ill-fitting shoes can worsen conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. They also may lead to biomechanical adjustments that can cause back and joint pain, balance problems, postural issues, and leg discomfort. Foot arches are of three main types, which are high, neutral, and flat. High arches are overly pronounced, causing pressure on the heel and forefoot, while flat feet may restrict mobility and lead to other health problems. In addition, pronation and supination, which refers to the side to side movement of the foot when you stand, walk or run, are factors that need to be considered when buying shoes. Supination involves the foot rolling outward, often affecting those with high arches, and potentially leading to lower leg discomfort like plantar fasciitis. Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls excessively inward, common in people with flat feet, and this can cause discomfort as well as alignment issues throughout the body. For help with issues involving the shape of your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2023 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Ensuring a Proper Fit for Shoes and Boots

The key to comfortable footwear lies in getting the right fit. Ill-fitting shoes or boots can lead to a host of issues, including blisters, calluses, and chronic foot problems. To ensure your footwear provides the perfect fit, begin by measuring your feet regularly, as their size can change over time. Always try on both shoes and shop in the afternoon when your feet are slightly larger due to daily activities. Consider the type of socks you will be wearing with your shoes, as this can affect the fit. Pay attention to how the shoes or boots feel, ensuring there is enough space in the toe box, and that your heels do not slip. Walk around in them to test comfort and stability. Lastly, remember that sizes can vary between brands and styles, so rely more on the fit and feel than the size on the label. If you would like additional tips on how to buy shoes that fit properly, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 proper 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, improper 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

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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, 17 October 2023 00:00

Unveiling the Causes of Nighttime Foot Pain

Experiencing foot pain at night can be incredibly disruptive, robbing you of a restful sleep. The causes of nocturnal foot pain can be diverse and often rooted in our daily activities. One common culprit is overuse or excessive strain during the day, especially if your job demands prolonged standing or walking. Conditions like plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel to the toes, tend to worsen during periods of inactivity and can cause discomfort at night. Additionally, flat feet or fallen arches can contribute to nighttime foot pain due to altered alignment and increased pressure on certain areas. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout can also flare up during the night, causing pain, throbbing or aching sensations. If you experience persistent or severe foot pain at night, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what cause and offer effective remedies for a good night's rest.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Types and Severity of Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common injury that can happen to anyone, from athletes to those simply walking down the street. Understanding the different types and severity of ankle sprains is necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment. Mild ankle sprains typically involve stretching or slight tearing of the ligaments. These sprains are characterized by minimal pain and swelling and usually recover with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Moderate ankle sprains, on the other hand, result in more extensive ligament damage, leading to more pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight or walking. Treatment often requires immobilization of the ankle joint with a brace or cast and can take several weeks to heal. Severe ankle sprains represent a complete tear of one or more ligaments, causing extreme pain, swelling, and instability. Bearing weight is impossible. In such cases, treatment may involve surgery and a months-long recovery period. Prompt evaluation and appropriate care for ankle sprains are essential to prevent chronic sprains. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and appropriate treatment based on the severity of your injury.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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

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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Plantar fasciitis can be an agonizing condition, characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. While rest, wearing proper footwear, and professional guidance are key to recovery, certain foot exercises may also help provide relief. Toe curls are an effective stretch, and are done while sitting in a chair and placing a towel on the floor. Scrunch the towel toward you using your toes, then release, and repeat several times. Many patients feel the benefits of performing the ankle alphabet. This is accomplished by writing the alphabet in the air with the big toe while seated. Heel raises are done by standing, and raising the heels off the ground, then lowering them slowly. Repeat to strengthen calf muscles. The towel stretch is performed while sitting with your legs extended. Place a towel around your toes and gently pull it toward you to stretch the plantar fascia. These exercises can help to improve flexibility, strength, and blood circulation in the foot, which can aid in plantar fasciitis recovery. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you find relief by recommending other specific stretches.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM  from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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