Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

It is believed that 75 percent of people will at some point experience foot pain. This should not come as a surprise, since we are on our feet numerous times daily for nearly our entire lives. The main cause of most foot pain starts with wearing shoes that do not fit properly, are tied too tightly, have heels that are too high, or squeeze the toes. Even exercising in shoes not appropriate for the activity can cause pain in your feet as well as legs, hips, and back. Long term effects include bunions, blisters, corns, and calluses. The next likely cause of foot pain is the way you walk. Rolling your feet inward or outward when you walk can be the cause of other problems, such as flat feet, arch pain, and heel pain. Certain medical conditions, such as gout and arthritis can cause painful inflammation of the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the feet. And since the feet have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, this can be a problem. Finally, running on hard surfaces for long periods of time can cause stress fractures and other foot injuries. A podiatrist is an expert on dealing with the many causes and treatment of foot pain. Whether your pain is immediate or ongoing, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatrist.


 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, and York, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:00

A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the anatomy and physiology of the feet. Though most people see a podiatrist when they feel discomfort or pain in their feet, these professionals can help prevent foot problems from developing in the first place. A good podiatrist will consider the lower limbs as important to the whole function of your being. You should see a podiatrist just as you would any other health care provider – to prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate – in this case, the feet. If you, or any of your family members, plan to start a sport, a podiatrist can evaluate a person’s posture and gait, so you are in the best position to avoid injury. A podiatrist can also perform a biometric test of the footprint to determine where the base of the foot is, and if it is resting too much or too little, what injuries could occur and how to correct the problem. Of course, podiatrists can also treat problems of the feet and injuries that might have occurred. Include a podiatrist on your health care team for your best whole-body health.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, and York, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

 

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Tuesday, 07 June 2022 00:00

Children’s feet may look like miniature versions of adult feet, but this is not true. They differ in shape and will change as they grow. The first year of life brings ample fat pads on the soles helping the feet to be soft and flexible. The arch will develop as the child begins to walk, and the feet will grow in length and width. It is beneficial for parents to have their child walk barefoot in order to help to strengthen the entire foot. The toes and the arch become stronger as the toes grip the floor, and growth can be restricted when tight shoes are worn. When children start to wear their first pair of shoes, it helps their feet when they have adequate cushioning and stability. Children of all ages can find it easier to wear shoes when they are easy to close, in addition to preventing feet from slipping. Research has indicated the average life of a pair of children’s shoes is four months, and it is advised that they be replaced approximately within this time frame. It is important for parents to purchase new shoes at the appropriate time because this can help to protect the feet against unwanted foot conditions. If you would like more information about what type of shoes to buy for your child, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you in the right direction. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, and York, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 00:00

Research has indicated that nearly half of all women are wearing the wrong size shoe. Many women will notice their shoes don’t fit comfortably, and this can cause painful foot conditions to gradually develop. These common ailments can include hammertoes and bunions, in addition to consistent foot pain. To determine what the correct shoe size is, it is suggested that you place your foot on top of a piece of paper, and trace it while sitting down. This is followed by outlining the tracing with a straight line. After the foot is measured, it is important that you subtract 3/16 of an inch from the measurements. This is helpful in accommodating for the small area of extra space between the straight lines and your foot. Additionally, some people use a Brannock device, which is specifically designed to measure feet, and is found in most shoe stores. If you would like more information about how to correctly measure your foot to determine the correct shoe size, please confer with a podiatrist.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, and York, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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