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Flat feet is an affliction in which the arches of the feet disappear or were never properly developed. As a result, the entire soles of the feet rest flush against the floor. Many new parents often wonder whether it is natural for their babies to have flat feet. They also often ask podiatrists when it is normal for their babies to develop arches in the feet. Although these answers are not ironclad and completely consistent from person to person, several rules of thumb might be gleaned. Typically speaking, newborn babies are born without foot arches. However, they commonly begin to develop by the time the child is about 3 years old. It is also important to note that young children might have either of two types of flat feet: rigid or flexible. If you are a new parent and want to make sure that your child’s feet are developing properly, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
Having a foot massage performed may be an effective method of reducing stress. Research has shown there is a difference between foot massage and foot massage therapy. People who get foot massages are aware of the good feeling they can bring, whereas foot therapy targets the pain points that are triggered, and the correct amount of pressure is applied to them. This may be helpful in keeping the feet strong, as they carry the weight of the body. Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may result in overstraining the foot muscles, and this can be addressed during foot massage therapy. It can be easier to relax when this is performed, and an added benefit may be better blood circulation, lowered blood pressure and sleep quality may be improved. Patients have found existing foot wounds have healed faster, and the immune system may be enhanced. If you have questions about foot massage therapy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide a detailed explanation.
Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Most Common Injuries
People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track.
What to Do When Injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.
During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:
Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.
Many people have endured injuries that leave wounds, and this can often affect the feet. Practicing good wound care techniques is essential in having the wound heal properly. Many wounds require the dressing to be changed several times per week, and it is helpful to follow specific procedures to ensure that this is properly done. It can begin with having a bag close by in which the old dressing and gloves can be disposed of. The wound is then cleaned by washing it with lukewarm water. This is followed by applying the new dressing, and making sure it completely covers the wound. If the wound emits an odor, or if the skin surrounding it becomes red and heated, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you on correct wound care treatment.
Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What Is Wound Care?
Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic.
What Is the Importance of Wound Care?
While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.
How to Care for Wounds
The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.
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Athlete’s foot can be extremely uncomfortable. It is a foot condition that is caused by a fungal infection of the skin, and generally affects the toes and soles of the feet. The fungus that causes this condition lives in warm and moist environments, such as shower room floors and public swimming pools. Because the fungus is contagious, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of areas. Additionally, it is wise to refrain from sharing shoes, towels, and socks, as this may help to limit the spread of athlete’s foot. Research has indicated there are two types of athlete’s foot fungus. Trichophyton rubrum is classified as long-lasting and may often be recurring. Trichophyton mentagrophytes is a type of fungus that is found between the toes and is treatable, despite its severity. If you have itchy skin on your feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
- Scaly and peeling skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.