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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

The Functionality of Foot Arches

The biomechanics of the human foot comprises three primary arches, which are the medial longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch. These arches, constructed of bones, ligaments, and tendons, play a vital role in providing support, stability, and shock absorption during weight-bearing activities. The medial longitudinal arch, running along the inner edge of the foot, acts as a natural spring, absorbing the impact of each step and distributing the body's weight evenly. Its counterpart, the lateral longitudinal arch, assists in maintaining balance and stability by bearing weight on the outer edge of the foot. The transverse arch, situated across the midfoot, adds further structural integrity to the foot and facilitates weight transfer during movement. Together, these arches work harmoniously to adapt to various surfaces, absorb shocks, and propel the body forward efficiently. If you are interested in learning more about how the arches of the foot work in harmony with the bones, ligaments, and muscles, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting information.

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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.

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Construction sites are bustling hubs of activity, where safety should always be first and foremost. Among the many precautions taken, ensuring adequate foot protection stands as a cornerstone of construction site safety protocols. Heavy materials, sharp objects, and unpredictable terrain pose constant threats to the feet of workers. To mitigate these risks, wearing sturdy footwear is essential. Boots with reinforced toes and soles provide an essential barrier against falling objects and punctures from nails or debris. Additionally, non-slip soles offer stability on slippery surfaces, reducing the likelihood of slips and falls, which can lead to serious injuries. Wearing footwear that fits properly is equally important. Ill-fitting boots can cause discomfort, blisters, and fatigue. Regular inspection of footwear for signs of wear and tear is also necessary to ensure continued protection. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to help with foot problems related to working in construction environments. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor 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 Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Foot and Ankle Protection for Golfers

Golf, a sport renowned for its precision and finesse, demands proper foot and ankle protection to optimize performance and prevent injuries on the course. As golfers traverse various terrains and weather conditions, selecting appropriate footwear is vital. Choose golf shoes with sturdy yet flexible soles that provide traction on grass and uneven surfaces, ensuring stability during swings and walks. Look for designs with ample cushioning and arch support to mitigate the impact of repetitive motions and reduce the risk of foot fatigue or discomfort throughout the round. Consider weather-resistant options to keep feet dry and comfortable in inclement conditions. Additionally, prioritize shoes that offer ankle support to minimize the risk of sprains or twists during swings and uneven terrain navigation. Regularly inspect and replace worn-out footwear to maintain optimal protection and performance. By investing in quality golf shoes that prioritize foot and ankle protection, golfers can enhance their experience on the course and enjoy their game to the fullest. If you are seeking specific information about what type of shoes provide maximum protection while playing golf, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Friday, 08 March 2024 00:00

Stop Your Toenail Fungus

Have you noticed discoloration of your toenails? Have they become thickened or brittle? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a fungal nail infection. For some, having a fungal nail can be embarrassing. Overcome your embarrassment, and get treated.

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Causes of Corns on the Feet

Corns, also known as helomas, are a common foot condition characterized by thickened, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to friction or pressure. These small, round, or conical lesions typically form on the toes, sides of the feet, or on weight-bearing areas. Corns result from repetitive rubbing or friction against footwear or adjacent toes, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or tight socks, or having foot deformities such as hammertoes or bunions can increase the risk of corn formation. Additionally, activities that involve prolonged standing or walking contribute to increased pressure on the feet, further predisposing individuals to corns. Poor foot hygiene and inadequate moisture control may also contribute to corn development. While corns are generally harmless, they can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty wearing shoes. If you have developed a corn on your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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