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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Recognizing Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, despite its name, is not an illness but a common heel condition affecting growing children, particularly those engaged in sports or activities that involve repetitive stress on the heel bone. Commonly observed in children aged 8 to 14, Sever's disease arises from the inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches. Recognizing the symptoms is vital for early intervention. Affected children may experience heel pain, swelling, and tenderness, especially during or after physical activity. As bones grow faster than muscles and tendons during this age range, the tightness and strain on the heel's growth plate become more pronounced. Factors such as rapid growth, high-impact sports, or wearing inadequate footwear contribute to vulnerability. Understanding Sever's disease and its symptoms equips parents, coaches, and young athletes to navigate this temporary, but uncomfortable condition with informed care and appropriate preventive measures. If your active child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that he or she is under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

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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Wednesday, 22 November 2023 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, 21 November 2023 00:00

Causes of Heel Spurs

Heel bone spurs, or calcaneal spurs, are abnormal bone growths that look like hard lumps on the back of or underneath the heel. These formations are caused by persistent irritation or stress on the heel bone. This prompts the cells responsible for bone growth to produce excess calcium deposits over time. One of the causes of heel spurs is tightness in soft tissues like ligaments, muscles, and tendons. When these tissues are under increased tension, they exert excessive force on the attached bone, leading to inflammation and the development of bone spurs. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, characterized by heightened tension in the plantar fascia under the sole of the foot, can also be a factor. Wearing shoes that are too tight, lack support, or have an improper shape create repetitive friction on different foot areas. The back of the heel is particularly susceptible to this friction, resulting in the accumulation of calcium deposits and the subsequent formation of calcaneal bone spurs. Women, who frequently wear tight fitting shoes that have high heels or pointed toes, are at a higher risk of developing such heel bone spurs. If you believe you may have developed a heel bone spur, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation. 

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 Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. 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 offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Foot Conditions Caused by Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, both physically and emotionally. While many anticipate changes in their bodies, some may not be aware of the potential foot conditions that can arise during this time. One common issue is edema, or swelling of the feet and ankles, which results from increased blood volume and the pressure on leg veins. This can cause discomfort, but it is often temporary. Another condition linked to pregnancy is flat feet. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the ligaments in the feet, leading to a decrease in arch height. This can contribute to foot pain and discomfort. Additionally, weight gain can place added stress on the feet, often causing pain and fatigue. The expanding uterus may also shift the center of gravity, altering the gait and potentially causing problems like plantar fasciitis. Pregnancy can bring about various foot challenges, but with proper care, many of these issues can be managed or prevented. If you have developed any type of foot conditions during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can monitor any foot pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the 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 needs.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

How the Bones in the Feet Work Together

Our feet, remarkable in their complexity, house a network of 26 bones each, expertly coordinated to support our body weight and facilitate movement. These bones can be categorized into three main groups, notably the tarsal bones in the ankle, the metatarsals in the arch, and the phalanges in the toes. Tarsal bones, including the heel bone, or calcaneus, and the talus, provide stability and shock absorption. The metatarsals form the longitudinal arch of the foot and act as a lever for propulsion, while the phalanges allow dexterity and balance. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles work in harmony to control these bones and facilitate various movements. The interplay of these bones enables the foot's natural shock-absorbing mechanism, dissipating the forces generated during walking, running, or jumping. Proper alignment and functioning of these bones are essential for maintaining foot health and overall well-being. Understanding the intricate mechanics of the foot's bone structure can help us appreciate the importance of foot care and the significance of maintaining proper posture and gait. If you would like to know more about the biomechanics of the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

If you have any concerns about your feet, 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.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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