Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Learning how the foot functions can be a critical step that individuals can take in understanding how they can best care for their feet. One important biomechanical aspect of how the foot functions is that each foot has a number of joints that serve different, important functions. Each toe has a certain number of joints, and interestingly, not all toes have the same number of joints. For example, the big toe has only two joints, while the other toes have three. The names of the three different joints found in toes besides the big toe are known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, the proximal interphalangeal joint, and the distal phalangeal joint. Joints form where bones meet and are covered by a certain amount of cartilage. For more information about joints in the feet and other facts about the biomechanics of the feet, contact a podiatrist today for more information. 


 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about The Importance of Biomechanics in Podiatry
Saturday, 26 November 2022 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

The feet are resilient, yet delicate, parts of the human body. Without properly caring for them, we may be making our feet susceptible to a number of potentially harmful or uncomfortable foot afflictions. Swelling of the feet is one such affliction of the foot. When the feet swell, an individual might feel discomfort as the feet increase in size due to possible accumulation of fluids. One often overlooked cause of swollen feet is sitting for long durations of time. If you are the kind of person that, due to your job or lifestyle restrictions, must spend extended periods of time sitting down, there are steps you might take to mitigate foot swelling. For example, you might try to take breaks to move about while you are sitting or to perform leg extensions or knee lifts while sitting to facilitate blood circulation. For more information about swollen feet and sitting, contact a podiatrist today.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

Read more about Swelling of the Feet
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Incurring a running injury can ruin any day for the avid runner. There are simple methods that can be done that may help to prevent running injuries. The importance of warming up and cooling down before and after running is crucial in keeping the muscles flexible. This is necessary for keeping the tendons and ligaments healthy as running is practiced. It is beneficial to pay attention to the body, and foot pain for any reason may need prompt medical attention. Existing foot pain may cause the body to compromise on gait and balance, and there are three key factors that experienced runners implement to prevent injuries. A muscle’s potential to reach its full range of motion and flexibility can be increased when soft tissue elasticity is increased. Performing simple stretches can improve joint mobility, in addition to running becoming easier. Muscle activation is needed while running, and this is done by improving tissue elasticity and joint mobility. For additional tips on how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, please confer with 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 Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. 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 offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Preventing Running Injuries

Connect With Us