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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

What Is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a foot deformity present from birth that affects a baby’s bones, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels. In children with clubfoot, the front half of an affected foot turns inwards and the heel points down, resembling a club. About half of children who have clubfoot have it in both feet. While this condition is not painful for babies, early treatment is highly recommended to ensure that the child can eventually walk and perform other functional activities. Clubfoot is typically treated by using a series of casts and braces to rotate the child’s foot into the correct position over time. Children who complete treatment typically grow up to have normal function in their feet. For more information about this condition, consult with a 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 Central Valley 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 Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Factors That Contribute to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition can cause foot pain, redness, swelling, and warmth. While plantar fasciitis is caused by repetitive overstretching of the plantar fascia and can affect anybody, there are certain risk factors that can make someone more likely to develop this condition. These include having very high arches or flat feet, being female, regularly walking, running, or dancing for exercise, being engaged in activities or occupations that require standing for prolonged periods of time, being between the ages of 40 and 60, wearing high heels, being overweight, having poor foot biomechanics, rapidly changing your activity level, and tightness in the hamstring muscles, calves, or Achilles tendons. For more information about plantar fasciitis, as well as diagnostic and treatment options, please speak with a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

A Massage for Arch Pain

Foot massages can be relaxing, but did you know that they can also benefit your foot health? A foot massage can help stretch and relax the feet, leading to less foot pain. If you experience pain or tension in the arch of your foot, you may want to try an arch massage. This is done by holding the top of the foot in one hand and rubbing the length of the arch with the fingers of the other hand. Repeat this several times on each foot, going from the heel to the arch. For more information about the benefits of foot massage, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

The Cascading Effect of Obesity on the Feet

Obesity can damage your foot health, and foot pain is common in obese individuals. This is because being obese changes the structure of your feet. Your feet carry the weight of your entire body. Extra pounds can put excess pressure on the feet, causing the arch in the middle of the sole of your foot to flatten over time. As the arch flattens, your body weight becomes unevenly distributed along the surface of the foot when you stand up or walk. The plantar fascia ligament, which runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes overstretched, leading to foot pain. The alignment of bones and muscles throughout the body may also be thrown off by the change in your foot structure, potentially leading to pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. For more information about the effects of obesity on the feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Flip flops are a popular type of shoe that is worn in the summer months. Despite the simplicity of wearing these types of shoes, it is thought that they may cause harm to the feet. The Achilles tendon may become sore as a result of the little or no arch support offered by flip flops. Some patients may notice blisters forming between the toes where the thong, which helps to keep the shoe on the foot, rubs against the skin. People who decide to wear flip flops may benefit from choosing shoes that are designed with supportive materials, as this may help to reduce the risk of getting blisters and calluses. If you would like additional information about what type of flip flops to purchase, please consult with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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