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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Dragging your feet might seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can actually be a sign of a serious condition known as drop foot. Drop foot occurs when you have difficulty lifting the front part of your foot, causing it to drag while you walk. This problem can arise from various health issues affecting the muscles, nerves, or structure of the leg or foot. Common causes can include peroneal nerve injury, which affects movement and sensation in the lower leg, foot, and toes. Other conditions leading to drop foot include peripheral neuropathy from diabetes, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of drop foot include difficulty in walking, a stepping gait where the foot slaps the ground, and potential numbness or tingling in the foot. Diagnosis by a podiatrist involves a physical exam and tests such as electromyography, or EMG, nerve conduction studies, and imaging scans. Treatment depends on the cause and can include orthotic devices, nerve stimulation, or surgery. If you are experiencing trouble walking normally, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Toe pain can arise from various conditions, each requiring careful attention. Bunions, a common cause, involve a bony bump forming at the base of the big toe, leading to discomfort and swelling. Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause joint inflammation and stiffness, affecting toe movement. Infections, whether fungal or bacterial, may result in redness, swelling, and severe pain. Injuries such as fractures or sprains often lead to immediate and intense pain, impairing mobility. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, restricts blood flow to the extremities, causing pain, especially during walking. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Howard Waxman, DPM of Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

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, 02 July 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and swelling. This condition can significantly affect the feet, leading to discomfort and mobility issues. RA occurs due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and it is more common in women and those with a family history of the disease. Symptoms in the feet include persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Early diagnosis is important and typically involves physical examinations, imaging tests, and blood tests to identify specific markers. Management of RA in the feet includes medications like anti-inflammatory drugs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs to control symptoms and prevent joint damage. Preventive measures involve maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and wearing supportive footwear. In severe cases, surgical interventions may be necessary. If you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule regular visits with a podiatrist to monitor and manage your foot health.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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