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Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Foot Exercises for Bunion Prevention

Bunions are bony protrusions that can appear at the base of the big toe joint. A frequent cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow or pointed, which can cause the big toe to push against the other toes. Bunions can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes with a wider toe box. There are also several foot exercises that you can try which can strengthen the foot and reduce the likelihood of developing foot pain and bunions. These exercises include heel raises, toe raises, toe curls, toe extensions, arch tilts, and ankle eversions and inversions. For more information on how to prevent bunions, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Miller-Khawam from A Step Above Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Soccer

Just like most physical activities, there is a risk of a variety of foot and ankle injuries that can occur from playing soccer. While many are acute, overuse injuries can happen as well. One of the most common injuries (and re-injuries) that occurs is an ankle sprain. When the ankle rolls, the ligaments can become damaged or torn. Achilles tendonitis is another form of an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation to the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle. Metatarsal stress fractures are also a common overuse injury in soccer. A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bones that causes gradual worsening pain. If you have been injured or notice moderate to severe pain or swelling, especially while walking, visiting a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment method is highly recommended.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Miller-Khawam of A Step Above Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in Long Beach, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the result of the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the toes to the heel, becoming inflamed. A sharp pain inside the heel and at the back of the arch is a key signal of plantar fasciitis. Most of the pain that is experienced from plantar fasciitis gradually worsens over time, and it is usually the worst after prolonged periods of rest. For example, after waking up in the morning the pain is at its worst because the plantar fascia shortens when the foot is at rest. Those who have plantar fasciitis may also experience tenderness in the heel, a tingling or burning sensation in the foot, pain while flexing the foot, and limping. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that indicate plantar fasciitis, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan is highly recommended.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Miller-Khawam from A Step Above Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Heel Spurs 101

The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that connects the heel and the toes. Heel spurs are bony growths that form close to where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. The growth generally forms as a protective measure to keep an overstressed muscle or tendon from being pulled. Factors that can contribute to heel spurs include having flat feet, high arches, tightening of the Achilles tendon, obesity, or a sudden increase in activity. Pain and swelling under the heel, numbness on the outside of the foot, and pain that is worst upon getting up in the morning are usually signs of heel spurs. Heel spurs can be very painful, especially when walking, and medical attention may be needed. A podiatrist will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and suggest treatment options. Common treatments may involve relieving pressure on the heel bone, often using orthotics.  

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Miller-Khawam from A Step Above Foot Care. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Long Beach, CA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Pronation and Finding the Right Running Shoe

Prior to choosing the right running shoe for you, there are several important factors to consider. One of these is the pronation of your foot. Pronation refers to the rolling of the foot from the heel to the toe when your foot strikes the ground while you walk. Ideally, your foot should strike the ground with the outside of the heel and move up to the ball of your foot evenly. People who have overpronation roll the foot too much towards the inside while they walk. People who have underpronation roll the foot too much to the outside while walking. Your gait pattern can help determine what the best running shoe for you looks like. For example, if you have overpronation, you may want to opt for a shoe that offers motion control and stability. For more information on how to pick the best running shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist today.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Miller-Khawam from A Step Above Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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