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September 2020

Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

The Purpose of the Sesamoid Bones

The sesamoid bones are located inside specific tendons in the foot. They can be found under the joint in the big toe and can help to absorb the weight of the body. If these bones become fractured or irritated, the medical condition that is known as sesamoiditis can occur. This may happen as a result of excess pressure on the ball of the foot and is a common injury among dancers and football players. The symptoms that patients can experience often include pain and discomfort under the big toe, and it may be difficult to walk and to move the affected joint. It is beneficial to stop the activity that caused this condition to develop, in addition to putting a cushion in the shoe that may help to ease the pain. If you have this type of pain in your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose sesamoiditis and offer the correct treatment options.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Valley 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 Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

How Runners Can Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is especially common among runners. Fortunately, there are things that runners can do to prevent plantar fasciitis. Placing a cylindrical object, such as a water bottle, and rolling it under your foot can help soothe foot pain and prevent injury. Stretching your plantar fascia by placing a towel on the floor and scrunching it up with your toes can strengthen this ligament. Running on soft, even surfaces, improving your running form, making sure that you are wearing the right shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, strength training, and giving yourself adequate time to rest between workouts can also help reduce your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. For more information on this condition and additional prevention tips, consult with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, 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.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Risk Factors for Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an injury of the Achilles tendon, the thick tendon located in the back of the leg that allows you to push off while walking, running, or jumping. While anybody can sustain this injury, some people are more at risk than others. Athletes are especially prone to Achilles tendon injuries because they frequently engage in physical activity that can strain the tendon. Athletes who suddenly increase the intensity of their workouts, or change their playing surface or footwear, are at an increased risk of hurting their Achilles tendon. Tight or weak calf muscles, an excessively inward-rolling gait, chronic ankle instability, and differences in the length of your legs can also contribute to tendon injuries. Another common cause of Achilles tendonitis is wearing high heels frequently, which can shorten the Achilles tendon making it more prone to injury. Older age, flat feet, and certain types of arthritis can increase the risk of Achilles tendonitis as well. If you have experienced an Achilles tendon injury, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment as soon as possible.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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