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August 2021

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

What Is a Gait Analysis?

A gait analysis is a method used to identify abnormalities in your walking or running pattern. This is a useful tool, especially for runners. Many people are afflicted with muscle imbalances, overpronated gaits, or other biomechanical issues that can make foot and ankle injuries more likely to occur while running. There are several types of gait analyses. An observational gait analysis involves a physical examination of your feet followed by a visual assessment of your gait. Following this, it should be easier to know what types of running shoes, orthotics, or other support you may need to correct any biomechanical problems. Other types of gait analyses may also measure force on your feet. To learn more about gait analyses, please consult with a podiatrist. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact The podiatrists from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 26 August 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:00

Do My Child’s Shoes Fit Properly?

There are various steps that can be implemented to ensure your child’s shoes fit properly. Studies have suggested that it can be beneficial to shop for shoes at the end of the day when the feet are at their largest. Additionally, a true fit can be measured when the child is standing up and the shoes can bear their full weight. It is important to allow adequate room for the toes to wiggle freely in, and maximum support can be felt when the shoelaces are tied correctly. A pair of shoes that fit properly should feel comfortable right away, breaking in shoes is a common misconception. Most children don't know how to tell if their shoes fit perfectly or if they’ve grown out of them, so it is imperative that a parent or guardian follow the suggested steps and speak to a podiatrist for their professional recommendation. A podiatrist can provide ample information about how to fit your child for shoes, as well as what materials to avoid and how often to inspect their child's shoes for wear and tear so they can be replaced.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of The podiatrists from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

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

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Tuesday, 17 August 2021 00:00

Understanding the Pain from Sesamoiditis

Pain felt from sesamoiditis is generally located under the big toe on the ball of the foot. The two sesamoid bones located under the base of the big toe are similar to the size of jelly beans, and they can become inflamed if an injury should occur. Patients with sesamoiditis often describe experiencing a burning pain. Sesamoiditis may have a particularly negative effect on people who enjoy running. It may feel similar to having a pebble in your shoe, and the area can appear to be swollen. Mild relief may be found when the toes and tendons are stretched several times per day. To help figure out the best treatment plan for you and to gain helpful preventative tips, please consult with a podiatrist.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact The podiatrists of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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There are many parents that are concerned with the development of their children’s feet. This can range from when to purchase their first pair of shoes, to observing foot conditions that may have developed. There are studies that have been performed that have shown parents understand the importance of having their children walking barefoot while indoors. This can be beneficial in strengthening the entire foot as the toes grip the floor. Additionally, measuring the feet frequently is helpful in determining what size shoe is perfect for their feet. Additionally, many parents choose the type of shoes based on price, and what the shoes will be worn for, including school or play. If you would like more information about children’s foot development at specific ages, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact The podiatrists of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

Swollen Feet Throughout Pregnancy

Swelling of the feet and ankles during pregnancy is very common and can occur throughout the entire pregnancy. During the first trimester, swelling in the feet is typically minimal and excessive swelling should be examined by a doctor. In the second trimester, swelling in the feet increases significantly. This is due to an increased volume of blood and fluids throughout the body, as well as hormonal fluid retention. These fluids tend to pool in the lower limbs. The third trimester is when swollen feet are most common. Swelling can be made worse by hot weather, dietary imbalances, caffeine intake, dehydration, and standing or walking for prolonged periods of time. To learn more about the effects of pregnancy on the feet and ankles and how to manage them, please consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with The podiatrists from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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