Proper foot care at a young age is essential for healthy development. Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.
A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
Tips for Parents
Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their child.
- Examine your child's feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
- Encourage exercise. Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
- Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
- Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.
As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.
A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!
Would you prefer to treat inflammation, pain and joint stiffness with a more natural approach instead of medications like Ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil? Do medications’ like these affect your stomach or were you told by your Doctor that you shouldn’t take NSAIDS due to kidney issues or because you take blood thinners? If so, there is now another treatment option available for you.
NSAIDs have their place in treatment protocol but not everyone wants or can take these medications, especially for an extended period of time. Because of this, Advanced Foot and Ankle is proud to offer you another treatment options called CoLig-10. This is a new and exciting supplement that contains a high potency combination of nutrients which can help pain associated with inflamed and damaged tendons and ligaments of the foot and ankle. The formula contains Collagen and Hyaluronic acid. Both of these compounds are crucial for tendon, ligament and cartilage health. Our body decreases the production of these compounds as we age which can lead to many types of aches and pains in the foot and ankle. CoLig-10 also contains antioxidants including Resveratrol, Grape Seed, Green Tea and Alpha Lipoic Acid. CoLig-10 is a great option to help treat Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis as well as stiff/painful arches and ankles. Colig-10 may take several days to several months for you to notice its effects. CoLig-10 may not work for everyone but this is an exciting option to add to your treatment regimen.
Call today for more information about CoLig-10 at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center and one of our highly qualified staff would be happy to assist you!
With our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than individuals at a normal, healthy weight.
Extra weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact on your feet and ankles. As little as 10 or 20 pounds can trigger pain in the lower extremities. Being overweight changes the way your foot functions, and the force on the feet intensifies.
The most common foot problems from being overweight include:
Plantar Fasciitis: Excess weight adds strain to the plantar fascia, overusing and weakening it. This causes it to become inflamed and irritated. Heel pain is one of the most common problems caused by weight gain.
Tendonitis: When the feet endure extra weight, it eventually causes the tendons/ligaments to be overused, which leads to injury and inflammation.
Fallen Arches: An increase in body weight and pressure causes the supporting structures in your feet (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to become stretched and weakened, breaking down over time. This can weaken the muscle which gives the foot its arch, causing over-pronation and leading to other problems such as knee and hip pain.
Other effects from carrying extra weight include changes in posture, changes in gait (steps become shorter), and stress fractures.
Losing extra pounds can help ease the pain and reduce problems caused by carrying excess body weight. Unfortunately, it's tough to lose weight when your feet hurt. To combat foot problems triggered by weight gain, ease into a low-impact activity that doesn’t require you to place pressure on your foot, such as water aerobics. Always start any new workout routine slowly. Work with your physician to find healthy ways to modify your diet, and your podiatrist to select the best, most supportive footwear for your feet.
Foot pain is never normal, regardless of weight, as it indicates some type of stress or injury. You should always consult an experienced podiatrist if you are experiencing any pain in your foot.
Ankle injuries are a common cause for patients to come see us. They usually occur when someone twists their ankle inward underneath their leg. This can occur after a misstep while playing sports, stepping off of a curb, missing a stair or walking on uneven surface. Twisting or rolling your ankle can lead to sprains and fractures in the foot and ankle. An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments get stretched or torn. The most common ligaments that get injured are your lateral collateral ligaments. These are the three ligaments that protect and connect the outside of your foot to your ankle. Less likely to get sprained is the deltoid ligaments (the inside of your ankle) or your syndesmosis (ligament that connects the two bones of your leg just above your ankle). When these ligaments are injured, you will usually develop swelling, bruising and pain. If you sprain your ankle and there are no obvious deformities to your leg, ankle or foot, you can begin home therapy with PRICE treatment (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). If you are still unable to bear weight on the injured ankle or foot the following day, you should seek medical attention to ensure that you have no fractures in your foot or ankle. Fractures can develop at the ankle and foot if you have weaker bones or if there was a high energy injury. We will perform a thorough lower extremity physical exam and take X-rays to evaluate if there are any broken bones. If there is a fracture then surgery may be needed to repair the broken bone and prevent further complications down the road. If there are no fractures but you still have a sprained ankle, you may be fitted for a brace or walking boot to help protect and immobilize the ankle and let the tendons and ligaments of your ankle and foot rest. This will usually help you heal faster. If your are still experiencing pain after a period of time in a brace or boot, than an MRI may be needed to assess the soft tissues of the ankle and foot to ensure that no surgical repair is needed. If the ligaments or tendons of your ankle/foot are torn, you may need surgical repair in an attempt to prevent any further problems with your foot and ankle as you age. If left untreated, you could develop continued pain and arthritis in the ankle and foot and be more prone to further sprains and injuries later in life. Physical therapy is a valuable option during your recovery from you ankle injury whether you need surgery or not as it will help improve your range of motion, strength and proprioception. Proprioception is what helps you determine where a specific part of your body is in relation to the rest of your body without seeing or looking at that part. When people say that they feel their ankles are going to, “give out”, it is usually because they have poor proprioception, not weak ankles. By improving your proprioception, your chance for re-injury is much less likely.
From the initial injury until the time you are back on your feet, the providers and staff at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center are here to help guide you to a smooth and quick recovery. Please call with any questions my may have.
Eric Silvers, DPM
Dustin Lloyd, DPM
Christopher Witt, DPM
Jan Veloso, DPM
Have you noticed that one or both of your feet are starting to flatten? Have you started to develop swelling, warmth and/or pain to the inside or outside of your ankle without any reason that you can remember? If so than you could be experiencing Adult Acquired Flat Foot. Adult acquired flat foot is usually due to a weakening of a large tendon that starts in the lower leg, runs along the inside of your ankle and then attaches itself to the inner arch of your foot. This tendon is called the Posterior Tibial Tendon. Its main purpose is to help support the arch and balance the inside of your foot during stance and gait. This tendon can become inflamed with an acute injury, recent weight gain or from everyday use if your foot is not in supportive shoes. This is usually a progressive condition that will continue to worsen if left untreated. The tendon will slowly lose its function as it becomes further and further stretched. As this happens, your arch will fall, your toes may point outward and your midfoot/ankles may roll inward. Eventually the tendon may provide no function at all and you may begin to develop adaptive arthritis in the surrounding joints of your foot and ankle.
To help diagnose this condition, we will ask you about your medical history, perform a lower extremity physical exam and usually obtain X-rays of the foot and ankle to help rule out other possible causes for your pain. Once the diagnosis is made the treatment course begins conservatively. Usually a round of Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, Aleve or Motrin is started to help decrease the inflammation. You will also begin wearing either a supportive insole or be placed in a walking boot or ankle brace depending on your symptoms. Insoles, ankle braces and walking boots are great option because they will help suspend the arch, hold your foot in its correct position and take strain off of the posterior tibial tendon. This will allow the foot, ankle and lower leg to rest and relax. Other treatment modalities that can be used during this time are physical therapy and use of cold lasers to help reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. In rare circumstances when conservative treatments have failed, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon and possibly realign the foot if severe arthritis has permanently altered your foot structure.
The doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center have comprehensive training in adult acquired flat foot and are here to serve you. Please call with any questions you may have.
Eric Silvers, DPM
Dustin Lloyd, DPM
Christopher Witt, DPM
Jan Veloso, DPM
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