Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

The choice of children's shoes can significantly impact their gait or the way they walk. Improper or unsupportive shoes can lead to issues with foot alignment, discomfort, and even pain during walking. Footwear that is excessively tight or narrow can limit the natural movement of the foot, whereas shoes lacking proper support may not offer the stability required for healthy gait development. Children’s shoes should fit properly, have cushioning, and allow room for growth as a way to promote healthy gait patterns. Small changes in routine, such as replacing shoes as children grow, ensure optimal foot health and development. The wrong shoes can also contribute to issues like flat feet or toe deformities in children, which also can affect their gait. High-quality, comfortable fitted shoes with support can aid in a balanced gait pattern, promoting better posture and reducing the risk of injuries. It is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide guidance on optimal gait development and the long-term foot health of your child.

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 Boca Raton Podiatry . 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 Boca Raton, FL . 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

Everyday foot care is essential for maintaining overall health and mobility. Often overlooked, our feet are complex structures that endure significant wear and tear daily. Proper foot care involves several steps to protect and maintain their health. Start with daily washing and thorough drying to prevent infections. Moisturize to keep skin supple, but avoid the spaces between toes to reduce fungal growth. Regularly inspect your feet for cuts, blisters, and signs of infection, as these can indicate underlying health issues like diabetes. Trim toenails straight across and file the edges to prevent ingrown nails. Wearing well-fitting shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning is imperative. Shoes should have enough room for toes to move comfortably, and high heels or tight footwear should be avoided to prevent deformities and pain. Paying attention to foot problems and addressing them early can prevent complications. If you have persistent foot issues needing specialized care, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Surgery is often the only effective treatment for severe cases of bunions, where conservative measures like wearing well-fitting shoes and splints prove insufficient. Bunions can cause significant pain and foot deformity, making walking difficult. The primary goals of bunion surgery are to alleviate pain, enhance foot stability, and restore normal walking function. The surgical process involves repositioning the bones, tendons, and ligaments of the big toe, and stabilizing the foot using metal plates, screws, or wires. Post-surgery, the foot must remain stable with bandages or splints, and a special shoe is often worn to relieve pressure. Initial recovery requires limited walking and elevation to reduce swelling, with gradual weight-bearing as healing progresses. Complete recovery from bunion surgery generally takes four to six weeks, although swelling may continue for up to a year. The decision to undergo surgery depends on the severity of symptoms, degree of bone misalignment, the presence of related conditions like osteoarthritis, and overall health. If you are experiencing pain from a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if surgery is right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Running is often considered a contact sport due to the repeated impact of the feet striking the ground. To avoid injuries while running, it is important to follow some key tips. Begin with a proper warm-up to prepare your muscles and joints for the activity ahead. Running at an easy pace most of the time allows your body to adapt to the stresses of running, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Gradually increasing your running intensity and distance helps to build endurance and strength safely. Incorporate strength training exercises to enhance muscle stability and support your joints. Pay attention to your running form, maintaining an upright posture and a mid-foot strike to distribute impact forces evenly. Wearing appropriate, well-fitted running shoes is essential to provide the necessary support and cushioning. Lastly, listen to your body, and rest if you feel pain or discomfort. If you are a runner, to get the most out of your sport, it is suggested that you seek personalized advice and injury prevention strategies from a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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