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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

How Being Overweight Affects the Feet

Excess weight does not just affect your waistline, it also can have a significant impact on the health of your feet. Studies have consistently shown a strong correlation between being overweight and various foot problems. Carrying extra pounds puts undue stress on the feet and can lead to plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, and even stress fractures. Research indicates that people with a higher body mass index, or BMI, are more likely to endure foot pain and disability that affects their ability to exercise and perform daily activities. Obesity alters the gait and increases the risk of joint injuries in the ankles, knees, and hips. Research reveals a stark increase in the likelihood of needing a knee replacement as the BMI rises. Managing weight through healthy diet choices and regular physical activity reduces the strain on your feet, thereby reducing the risk of developing debilitating foot conditions. Practicing good foot hygiene, wearing proper footwear, and seeking professional foot care from a podiatrist are methods to prevent and alleviate foot pain from obesity. If you are overweight and experiencing foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment options. 

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Children’s Foot Alignment Deformities

Pediatric foot alignment deformities are structural abnormalities in a child’s foot that can affect gait and overall mobility. Common deformities include clubfoot, skew foot, and cavovarus. Clubfoot, where the foot twists inward and downward, can be present at birth and may result from genetic factors or in-utero positioning. Skew foot involves a combination of forefoot adduction and hindfoot valgus, leading to a Z-shaped appearance. Cavovarus foot, characterized by a high arch and inward heel, often results from neuromuscular conditions or inherited foot structure. These deformities can affect children of all ages, with risk factors including family history, neurological disorders, and abnormal fetal positioning. Diagnosis typically involves a thorough physical examination, medical history review, and imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI. Treatment varies based on the type and severity of the deformity and may include stretching exercises, orthotic devices, casting, or surgery. Early intervention is imperative for effective management. If your child has a foot alignment deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Explaining Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund's deformity, commonly known as pump bump, is a bony enlargement that forms where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel bone. This painful condition often results from repetitive friction caused by wearing stiff or poorly fitting shoes, such as high heels or rigid-backed footwear. The constant rubbing leads to inflammation, redness, swelling, and the formation of calluses around the affected area. Those with abnormal foot mechanics, such as foot supination or high arches, are at higher risk of Haglund’s deformity. Symptoms include a visible bony bump, pain at the back of the heel, and swelling, particularly when wearing tight shoes. Conservative treatment includes reducing pressure and friction through wearing better-fitting footwear, heel pads, and certain exercises to alleviate pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the bony protrusion and restore normal function. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain or suspect you have Haglund's deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Managing Common Sports Injuries

Common sports injuries that affect the ankle and foot include sprains, strains, swollen muscles, and fractures. Acute injuries, such as sprains, occur suddenly due to a specific incident like twisting the ankle. These injuries result in pain, swelling, and instability, often requiring immediate attention. Chronic overuse injuries, like plantar fasciitis, develop over time from repetitive stress and can cause persistent pain and stiffness. Ankle sprains happen when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch or tear, typically from a sudden twist or impact. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight. Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. It causes sharp heel pain, especially in the morning or after prolonged activity. If you have persistent foot or ankle pain from sports participation, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for professional guidance. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and preventive strategies to help you recover and return to your sport.

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 In Motion Foot and 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 offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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