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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

In the intricate world of dance, understanding the biomechanics and anatomy of the foot is paramount. The foot is a complex structure comprising bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, all working together to support movement and balance. Dancers rely heavily on their feet to execute precise movements, requiring a deep understanding of foot mechanics. The arches of the foot act as shock absorbers, absorbing impact and providing stability during jumps and landings. Muscles in the foot and lower leg work in harmony to create intricate footwork and maintain proper alignment. Ligaments and tendons provide support and allow for fluid movement, while the toes play a vital role in balance and propulsion. By comprehending the biomechanics and anatomy of the foot, dancers can optimize their technique, prevent injuries, and enhance their performance on stage. It is essential for dancers to understand how their feet move for their desired style of dancing. If you have suffered a foot injury while dancing, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat your foot condition.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 16 June 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Children’s footwear plays a significant role in the development of their feet and the way they walk, known as their gait. Shoes that are ill-fitted or lack proper support may lead to many foot conditions, such as flat feet, hammertoe, or even issues with posture and balance. Investing in properly fitting shoes helps children's feet grow correctly, supports a natural gait, and aids in maintaining good body alignment. Shoes that are too tight or too loose, can lead to discomfort, or possible long-term health issues. Children’s feet are still developing, and their bones, muscles, and ligaments are not fully formed. Wearing unsupportive footwear during these stages of life can cause permanent damage and affect their ability to participate in daily activities. Quality shoes should have a flexible sole to allow natural movement, plenty of room for the toes, and good arch support to encourage proper foot mechanics. If any issues regarding your child’s foot health arise, it is suggested to visit a podiatrist for a thorough exam and appropriate treatment.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle arthroscopy represents a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat a variety of ankle joint problems. Through small incisions, a podiatrist inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into the ankle joint, allowing for a detailed examination of its structures. This procedure offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced postoperative pain, and quicker recovery times. Ankle arthroscopy can be used to address a range of conditions, such as ankle impingement, ligament tears, cartilage damage, and loose bodies within the joint. During the procedure, specialized instruments may be utilized to repair or remove damaged tissue, restore joint stability, and alleviate symptoms. By providing direct visualization of the ankle joint, arthroscopy enables precise diagnosis and targeted treatment, ultimately facilitating improved outcomes for patients experiencing ankle-related issues. As a minimally invasive approach, ankle arthroscopy continues to evolve, offering patients a less disruptive option for resolving ankle joint problems. If you have chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if ankle arthroscopy is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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