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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Active Children and Sever’s Disease

The foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease can affect children and young teenagers who participate in running and jumping activities. It is considered to be an ailment that comes from overuse in and around the growth plate in the heel. The child may complain of having heel pain, and can have difficulty in walking. A podiatrist can perform a proper diagnosis, which consists of having a physical examination done, in addition to learning about the child's choice of activities. The child will eventually outgrow Sever’s disease, and until then, mild relief can be found when the activity that caused this condition is temporarily stopped. Patients may also find that it helps to elevate the affected foot as often as possible, and it may be beneficial to wear a heel pad in the shoe. It is strongly suggested that your child sees a podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain, so a proper diagnosis can be performed, and the correct treatment can promptly begin.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Sunday, 25 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Benefits of Using Ankle Sprain Braces

One of the best ways to heal from an ankle sprain is by using a brace. These orthotic devices not only accelerate healing, but they may help to prevent re-injury. An ankle sprain brace allows you to move the ankle, which is deemed important to the healing process, while providing stability to the joint. Research shows that moving the ankle joint stimulates the repair of injured tissue. A brace allows you to move the joint while simultaneously protecting the ligaments from becoming over stretched. These types of devices help to reduce swelling and pain, in addition to increasing the joint’s ability to know where it is, called proprioception. At the same time, a brace allows the ankle to move up and down, but prevents it from moving inward or outward. As a result, you can walk without reinjuring the sprained ligament. Because there is not a one-size fits-all ankle sprain device, choosing the one that is best for you can be a challenge. In order for your sprained ankle to safely heal, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for guidance in choosing an ankle sprain bracing device. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

What Caused My Bunion?

A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when the first metatarsal bone of the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward toward the other toes. This causes the joint to extend out from the foot. A bunion can become painful and interfere with walking and exercising as the joint becomes inflamed. It can be difficult to find shoes that accommodate a bunion, and it is best to avoid any additional pressure on the misaligned joint. Women are more likely to develop bunions because they tend to wear narrow shoes and high heels. Bunions can also be genetic and may result due to abnormal foot structures and shapes. Those with low arches and loose joints or tendons, as well as people who stand on their feet for prolonged periods, are also at increased risk for developing bunions. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested you see a podiatrist who can provide alternative treatment options to help you live more comfortably.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Poor Circulation and Infants

New parents ought to be aware of signs of poor circulation in infants, as this condition can negatively impact the health of your infant. Importantly, poor circulation might be normal for a few hours following birth, however, persistent poor circulation can require medical attention. The feet can play an important role in helping you identify poor circulation in an infant. For example, if the feet feel cold to the touch, this might be indicative of a lack of sufficient blood circulation. The hands might feel cold as well. Often, the feet can give us important signals that we should not ignore. If you are a new parent or are expecting to be, see a podiatrist today to learn about the many ways in which you can care for your infant’s feet. This foot specialist will be able to help you develop a plan and teach you what signs to look for.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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