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Running and Orthotics

If you run, you may experience pain at times. Whether you have high or low arches, issues with your feet can impact how your feet feel after a run. If this is true for you, you may benefit from wearing orthotics. Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses, are shoe inserts used to counteract improper biomechanics of the feet during walking, running, and other activities while standing on the feet. There are over the counter (OTC) orthotics or specialized custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are generally made from soft, pliable material but some are made of more rigid materials, like plastic or graphite to keep feet firm and stable. Orthotics might help if one has flat feet to help with cushioning of the impact of the foot hitting the ground. They might also help provide heel support and relieve other injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or runner’s knee. Since orthotics work with the biomechanics of feet, they will likely help prevent future foot injuries as well. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you run and want to find out if orthotics can help keep you more comfortable. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Marrero, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Measuring Your Child’s Feet

Taking good care of your child’s feet is essential in ensuring that they will grow up to have healthy, well-functioning feet. One critical element of maintaining the health of your child’s feet is measuring their feet properly before going shopping for shoes. There are several different ways in which you can take an accurate measure of your child’s feet, but you might consider performing a tracing. Simply have your child stand on a piece of paper with one end touching a wall. Your child should have their heel against the wall. Using a ruler, mark on the paper where your child’s longest toe ends. You can then perform this on the other foot. You might consider even adding one centimeter onto the final measurement so that your child’s shoe provides enough space in the toe box. If you want to learn more about children’s foot health, contact your podiatrist today.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider…

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Osteoarthritis of the Foot

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It attacks the cartilage and reduces the cushioning between the bones, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The foot has 26 bones, and each of the 30 joints that connect them contain cartilage that can become compromised by osteoarthritis. Most cases of osteoarthritis is the result of an injury, either to a ligament or to a bone. Because osteoarthritis is a chronic condition and cannot be cured, the only remedies are to treat the symptoms, in addition to making a few lifestyle changes. Range of motion and foot stretching exercises are recommended. Losing weight and following a healthy diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and calcium can help reduce both inflammation and pain. A podiatrist can offer more information on treating osteoarthritis in your feet, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections. In severe cases, arthroscopic or joint replacement surgery may be an option. It is a good idea to make an appointment today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Only Limited Changes to the Running Routine Are Advised

Research has indicated that it is beneficial for people who run to make less than eight changes in their running routine at a time, as this may help to reduce or prevent running injuries. It is important to refrain from increasing speed and mileage too quickly, in addition to wearing correct running shoes. Runners tend to experience more aches and pains in comparison to people who enjoy cycling and swimming. Covid-19 restrictions may have led people to change their running habits from the gym to the road, and the difference in a smooth treadmill versus an uneven street can cause injuries and foot pain. Many experienced runners know the benefits of properly warming up before running, and this can prepare the body for the toll running takes on the feet. It is important to focus on one change to the routine at a time because this can give the body ample time to adjust. If you would like more information about how running can affect the feet, and how to prevent injuries, please confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
– One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
– Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
– Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
– Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
– Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
– Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
– Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Stretching May Help Flat Feet

People who have flat feet often look toward stretching and exercising which may help any discomfort that can accompany this ailment. Flat feet are defined as the foot having a low arch, or the arch being absent. It is noticeable while standing on the floor, and the entire foot lies flat. It is considered to be an imbalance, and can affect other parts of the body. The feet are the foundation of the body, and carry us through the day. When the feet connect to the ground, and there is no arch, the plantar fascia may be negatively affected, and may cause pain and discomfort. This is the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. This can produce tight calf muscles. There are simple stretches that can help to relieve the discomfort. These can consist of standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Additionally, many people choose to roll the sole of their foot over a tennis ball, and this can be beneficial in releasing any tension in the foot. If you have flat feet, and would like to learn more about how stretches can help you, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Methods to Maintain Proper Diabetic Foot Care

Ordinary foot problems are often more complicated for diabetic patients. Diabetes can occur as a result of elevated blood sugar levels and affects the nerves in the feet. This can make it difficult to feel existing cuts, scrapes, or bruises that have developed which may cause diabetic foot ulcers to form. It is important to practice proper everyday foot care and there are simple methods to accomplish this. It is beneficial to start with washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Many patients find it helpful to use a mirror to look at the bottom of their feet for any wounds that may have developed. It is imperative to have the toenails trimmed properly and many people choose to have this done by a podiatrist. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly, and it may help to wear socks that can absorb moisture. It is frowned upon to walk barefoot as this can help to protect the feet from the elements. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this serious condition in addition to treating any other foot conditions that are associated with diabetes.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Dealing With Plantar Warts

A plantar wart is a growth, usually found on the bottom of the foot, that is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin. Plantar warts are more common among children, teens, and seniors. Symptoms include a thickening of the skin and pain when walking or standing. They usually show up on the ball and heel of the foot. Small black dots may appear on the skin, which are dried blood from the capillaries. It is not a good idea to try to remove a plantar wart yourself. Instead, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, especially if the area changes color or bleeds, or if you have a compromised immune system. Among the remedies are topical creams, oral medication, laser treatments, cryotherapy (freezing the wart), acid treatments, or surgery. The podiatrist will also prescribe home foot care procedures as well as instructions for any medication prescribed. Please make an appointment with a podiatrist for safe and appropriate treatment options. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Foot Surgery for Hammertoe

Foot surgery can sometimes be used as a last resort option to address serious problems in the feet that could not be solved by more conservative treatment plans. Hammertoe is one condition that might be able to be resolved by a surgical procedure. Hammertoe primarily affects the second, third, and fourth toes of the feet, causing the toe joints to become frozen in a flexed position. As a result, the toe sticks up at the middle point and appears like a hammer. Surgery might be a viable way to straighten the joint out, and both adults and children might potentially benefit from undergoing a surgical procedure. One type of procedure for hammertoe is known as a tendon transfer whereby tendons in the toes are transferred from the bottom of the toes to the top to help straighten out the joint. Another kind of procedure is called a joint resection. Through this surgery, the end of the bone at the affected joint is effectively taken out of place. Pins are then temporarily put in their place to help the joint straighten out to its natural shape. If you have a hammertoe, consult with a podiatrist to see what options you might have at your disposal to address the issue.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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