Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

The body’s need for speed and movement starts with the feet. They are considered to be the foundation of the body, and for the majority of the population, they are essential in completing daily activities. The gait is known as the walking style, and this movement may be measured to learn how an individual walks, runs, and moves. There are various parts to the foot bones, consisting of the forefoot, midfoot, and hindfoot. The back of the foot, which is also known as the hindfoot, is found under the ankle joint and is composed of two bones. Five bones are found in the midfoot, located in the center of the foot. The forefoot is the front of the foot, which houses the metatarsals, phalanges, and sesamoid bone. The foot bones and ankles work together to produce a smooth walk, which is made up of two phases, consisting of the swing and stance phases. The ankle and muscles in the front and back of the leg enable the foot to move up and down, and the transverse tarsal joint propels the foot to move forward. If you would like additional information about how the ankle and feet work together, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from New York. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Chronic pain and swelling in the joints of the feet is often an indicator of rheumatoid arthritis or RA. The immune system gets mixed signals and attacks the tissue that lines your joints. In addition to pain, rheumatoid arthritis brings stiffness and sometimes a flu-like feeling of achiness. Though there is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, it can be treated and managed to reduce pain and allow you to have an active life. It is recommended that you keep active by doing some form of exercise several times a week. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is often prescribed for RA, along with increased attention to what you are eating. Certain foods add to inflammation and others, such as those rich in omega-3, help to prevent it. If you have rheumatoid arthritis that affects your feet, please consult a podiatrist for treatment options.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 November 2022 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

A stress fracture of the foot develops gradually, and the most common reason is from overuse. Each foot has 26 bones, and they endure the body’s weight. People who frequently run or participate in jumping activities may be prone to developing a stress fracture. It is considered to be a hairline fracture, and occurs at a weak point in the foot structure. Additional reasons why people may get stress fractures can consist of increasing speed and distance too quickly, or possibly from running on uneven surfaces. It is important to practice stretching techniques before running, and cooling down properly is essential. An X-ray is often taken which can provide a proper diagnosis. This is helpful in determining the severity of the fracture and is followed by treatment. Many patients use crutches to keep the weight off of the affected foot, which may help to accelerate the healing process. This can take up to eight weeks. If you are active in a particular sport and feel you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from New York. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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