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July 2022

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Injuries Common to Dancers

Many people do not realize that dancers are athletes, too. Their feet, which are involved in nearly every movement, take a great deal of pounding from jumps, leaps, and running – sometimes while wearing toe shoes. In addition, because of the nature of dancing, the ankles as well as the feet and toes are always at risk of injury. One of the common injuries is known as a dancer’s fracture, which affects the 5th metatarsal, and is caused by landing on the side of the foot or twisting an ankle. Landing awkwardly from a jump or leap also can cause a sprained ankle. Bunions and other toe deformities are common to dancers, exacerbated by wearing shoes that can be up to two sizes smaller than their feet. Wearing toe shoes also may aggravate the big toe joint and aid in bunion formation. Stress fractures of the feet are often the result of repetitive movements that can cause the bones to weaken. Anyone who spends a lot of time dancing may wish to have an ongoing relationship with a podiatrist who can examine, diagnose, and treat injuries related to their activity.   

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

All About Podiatrists

Feet are a critical yet often overlooked component of one’s health. Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in maintaining proper foot health. These experts focus solely on the feet, ankles, and other lower limbs. Podiatrists can address a variety of different kinds of afflictions affecting the feet. For example, a podiatrist can help you treat or prevent conditions such as plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, corns, bunions, stress fractures, athlete’s foot, and ingrown toenails. If you are pregnant, elderly, or suffering from diabetes, you might be particularly vulnerable to suffering from foot afflictions, and you could stand to benefit from contacting a podiatrist. Before visiting the podiatrist, you might plan on bringing the pair of shoes with you that you typically wear everyday. This will help a podiatrist get a sense of how the footwear that you usually wear affects the health of your feet. Some podiatrists will also encourage the patient to come to their first visit with specific questions about their feet and anything unusual that they are experiencing. Podiatrists are undoubtedly valuable medical professionals that may be able to help you maintain healthy feet. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

When to See a Podiatrist About Gout

Over the course of your life, you may develop foot ailments that could potentially threaten the health of your feet. It is critical for you to be able to discern when these ailments can be treated at home and when you ought to see a podiatrist. Gout is one such foot ailment, and it is imperative that you know when the condition merits consultation with a podiatrist. Gout is a kind of arthritis that can affect the joints of the toes and ankles. This unpleasant condition typically forms when uric acid accumulates in the blood, forming tiny crystals around joints in your feet. As a result, the joints become red, inflamed, and often painful. Although almost anyone can develop gout, men over 30 years of age and post-menopausal women are most at risk. There are several signs that you should be aware of that could indicate that it is time to see a podiatrist about your gout. First, you might see a podiatrist if the pain and swelling of your gout worsens considerably or if you also happen to have a fever. Second, consider reaching out to a podiatrist if you experience a flareup of gout after taking prescribed medication, especially if the medication does not alleviate the condition after a few days. When in doubt, it might be best to see a podiatrist and receive a diagnosis because gout can produce symptoms similar to other foot ailments. If you think you have gout, you can contact a podiatrist today for a diagnosis.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Scores of factory shoe inserts are readily available, but sometimes it becomes necessary to have insoles made specific to your feet. A podiatrist can make a mold for an insole that mirrors the exact contours of your foot. Slipping this into your shoe can increase your stability and balance while also reducing the pressure on the bottom of the foot when you take a  step. These pressure points can have a negative effect on plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, and other causes of foot pain. Your podiatrist can also examine your gait–how your foot reacts when you stand or walk–to determine what additional adjustments may be needed to correct things like overpronation, flat feet, high arches, bunions, or metatarsal pressure. Custom orthotics may improve your foot health and keep you on your feet with minimal pain. If you frequently experience foot pain or have ongoing foot problems, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist for more information.


 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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