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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

The cuboid bone is a somewhat irregularly shaped bone located in the midfoot area. The bone is one of the different tarsal bones in the foot, and it is located on the outside of the foot. Cuboid syndrome affects this bone, and it occurs when the bone has dislocated. Individuals suffering from cuboid syndrome might notice pain in the outside of the foot, as well as a pain that tends to be more poignant in the morning when one initially stands up. After visiting a trusted medical professional like a podiatrist, an individual might be able to address their cuboid syndrome in several different ways. For example, a medical professional might be able to relocate the bone for you. In addition, they might recommend that you apply ice to the affected area to ease any pain. Schedule your appointment with a podiatrist today if you think you might have cuboid syndrome.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, 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.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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, 29 November 2022 00:00

Falling can happen to people of all ages, and it is not just limited to seniors. There could be existing medical reasons why people may fall, including muscle weakness, difficulty in walking, and poor balance. The feet are often affected when a fall happens, and it can result in a broken toe or foot. Additionally, there are environmental factors which can cause an individual to fall. When fall prevention methods are practiced, the risk of falling may be greatly reduced. These can include improving lighting in the living area, removing worn rugs from the steps, and ridding existing clutter from the floors. People who have had previous falls may refrain from completing daily activities for fear of falling again. This may be alleviated as the body becomes stronger when a gentle exercise program is performed. Additionally, having regular physical and eye examinations are beneficial in updating existing medications and eyeglasses. Many people find it helpful to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area which help to provide stability. If you would like to know more about effective fall prevention techniques, please confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with accurate information.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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, 22 November 2022 00:00

Many people experience various foot conditions during their lifetime, and this may be prevalent among elderly people. Reasons this can happen may include general weakness, a change in walking style, or balance difficulties. After many years of walking and standing, it is not surprising that seniors may develop unwanted foot conditions. These can include toenail disorders, bunions, hammertoe, and corns. The feet have fat pads that provide shock absorption to the body, and these may decrease as the aging process occurs. This can lead to forcing other parts of the foot to absorb the pressure which has no protection, causing pain and discomfort. Poor circulation is a common ailment among elderly people and can result in feet that become numb. It is beneficial for seniors to implement simple practices into their daily routines that can protect their feet. These can include washing and drying the feet, followed by looking at the soles of the feet in a mirror for existing cuts and scrapes. Wearing the proper shoes will allow the toes to have ample room to move freely, and this can help prevent bunions and hammertoe. If you would like more information about how to care for an elderly person’s feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you helpful tips.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 15 November 2022 00:00

Incurring a running injury can ruin any day for the avid runner. There are simple methods that can be done that may help to prevent running injuries. The importance of warming up and cooling down before and after running is crucial in keeping the muscles flexible. This is necessary for keeping the tendons and ligaments healthy as running is practiced. It is beneficial to pay attention to the body, and foot pain for any reason may need prompt medical attention. Existing foot pain may cause the body to compromise on gait and balance, and there are three key factors that experienced runners implement to prevent injuries. A muscle’s potential to reach its full range of motion and flexibility can be increased when soft tissue elasticity is increased. Performing simple stretches can improve joint mobility, in addition to running becoming easier. Muscle activation is needed while running, and this is done by improving tissue elasticity and joint mobility. For additional tips on how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, please confer with 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 North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. 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 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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