Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Flat feet, a common condition characterized by a lack of arch in the foot, can potentially affect the physical performance of school-age children. While flat feet themselves may not directly hinder a child's ability to engage in physical activities, they can contribute to issues such as foot pain, fatigue, and decreased stability. Children with flat feet may experience discomfort or cramping during prolonged periods of standing or walking, impacting their participation in sports or physical education classes. Furthermore, flat feet may alter the biomechanics of the lower limbs, leading to poor posture, balance problems, and an increased risk of injury. Addressing flat feet early on through proper footwear, orthotic inserts, and targeted exercises can help alleviate symptoms and improve physical performance in children. By recognizing the potential impact of flat feet on physical activity, parents and educators can take proactive steps to support the overall well-being and participation of school-age children in various physical pursuits. If your child has flat feet, it is suggested that a podiatrist is contacted who can offer effective relief and treatment methods.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate footwear is important for medical employees, whose demanding roles require long hours of standing, walking, and patient care. The right shoes not only enhance comfort and alleviate fatigue but also play a critical role in preventing foot problems and injuries. Medical professionals often face unique challenges, such as exposure to bodily fluids, slippery surfaces, and the need for sterile environments. Therefore, shoes with non-slip soles, waterproof materials, and easy-to-clean surfaces are essential to ensure safety and hygiene. Additionally, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning, arch support, and shock absorption helps reduce strain on the feet, ankles, and lower back, minimizing the risk of musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall well-being. By investing in quality shoes that cater to their specific needs, medical employees can maintain optimal performance and focus on patient care. If you have foot pain from wearing shoes that do not fit well during your work day, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer help to remedy your discomfort.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is the excessive or repetitive strain on the ligament, leading to tiny tears and inflammation. This strain can result from various factors, including prolonged standing or walking, wearing improper footwear, engaging in high-impact activities like running or jumping, and certain biomechanical issues such as flat feet or high arches. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, particularly when taking the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. This pain may gradually subside with movement but can worsen throughout the day with prolonged activity. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis may experience stiffness and tenderness on the bottom of the foot, particularly near the heel. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM  from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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