Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

There are countries around the globe that encourage children to walk barefoot during inside and outside activities. Research has shown that wearing shoes at an early age may negatively affect the gait, or walking style, and there may be evidence that supports children who wear shoes before the age of six may be prone to having flat feet. Conversely, walking barefoot during these same years may have numerous benefits that can affect more than the feet. These can include improved motor skills, and increased foot strength, and the nerve endings in the feet may be stimulated. Additionally, potential injuries may be prevented when children walk barefoot, and this may be a result of having wider feet that can distribute body weight more evenly. The feet can feel like they are being massaged while walking on different outside surfaces such as grass and sand. The arches may become stronger while walking on various surfaces that can including uneven ground and pebbles, which may help to develop a normal gait pattern. If you have concerns about having your child walk barefoot, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Foot pain can be an extreme annoyance for a variety of individuals across the country of all ages and backgrounds. Importantly, there are critical risk factors that can be associated with foot pain. These risk factors can make foot pain more likely. For example, if an individual has arthritis, they may be at an increased risk of experiencing foot pain of some kind. This can include osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and gout, among other things. Additionally, overuse of the feet is a significant risk factor that may increase one’s susceptibility to overuse injuries in the feet. Lastly, conditions causing inflammation in the feet may be a significant risk factor for foot pain. If you have foot pain or are worried about developing foot pain, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists  from ABC Podiatry. 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Runners are always at risk of ankle sprains, but some experts have identified ways to help prevent them. The first is to improve your balance and proprioception. Second is to wear the proper shoes for the type of running you are doing, and last is wearing some kind of supportive device on the ankle when needed. Proprioception is simply being aware of the position of your body within your surroundings, key to avoiding sprains. Improving balance and coordination through specific exercise is thought to be the best way to achieve this. Footwear for runners is paramount. Lightweight, comfortable, and being suited to your foot shape are the main considerations. Shoes needed for long-distance and trail running may differ, but ankle support is a large factor in each. Research has indicated that ankle wrapping and bracing can help to prevent ankle sprains, especially if you have incurred previous injuries. For more information, please visit a podiatrist.    

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 12 November 2022 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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