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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

The Feet Are Complex Foot Structures

The feet and ankles are complex structures. The 26 bones, several muscles, tendons, and ligaments work together in harmony to achieve balance and mobility. There are three bones that are located in the ankle joint. These enable up-and-down movement, causing flexibility in the foot. Additionally, there are also three bones that are located in the foot and are known as the hindfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. There is soft tissue and cartilage between the bones that hold them together which absorbs the impact of the body and provides stability to the body. There are 20 muscles that are found in each foot, and each group of muscles is responsible for various functions. The toes can lift and curl by using smaller muscles, and the peroneal tibial muscle controls the movement to the outside of the ankle. If you would like additional information about how the components of the feet work together, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting foot facts.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. 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 Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Broken Toes 101

A broken toe is a common foot injury, and can be caused for various reasons. If a heavy object suddenly drops on it, or if it is stubbed into a piece of furniture, it may fracture. Some people gradually develop a broken toe from increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, and this may be considered to be a type of stress fracture. Common symptoms of a broken toe can include immediate bruising, a reduced range of motion, and it can be difficult to walk. If the fracture is severe, there may be a popping sound that is heard when the injury occurs, and the bone may protrude from the skin. Most people who have broken their toe will have a diagnosis performed that can confirm this, which is done by having an X-ray taken. Treatment for mildly broken toes can consist of using the buddy taping method. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is often successful in providing the necessary stability as the toe heals. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Swimming and Foot Cramps

Swimming can be an exciting and unique way for individuals to burn their daily calories. However, like any form of exercise, swimming can present a series of risks to the health of the feet. For example, many swimmers might be at an increased risk of developing athlete’s foot if they walk barefoot in the locker room and poolside area. Besides athlete’s foot, many swimmers might also be at risk of experiencing foot cramps. There are several things that swimmers can do to help prevent the onset of foot cramps while swimming. First, a swimmer might consider staying sufficiently hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Second, a swimmer might also consider stretching to warm up their body. Third, a swimmer could try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. If you engage in swimming as a form of exercise, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for information or treatment. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Having swollen feet and ankles is a normal condition many pregnant women experience. It is generally temporary, despite the discomfort it can bring. One of the changes the body undergoes consists of retaining fluids, which often collect in the lower extremities. The developing fetus causes the blood to become thicker, providing the necessary nutrients during this time. It is helpful to avoid standing for prolonged periods, and walking can help to improve circulation. If the swelling is severe, compression stockings may be worn that can help to move the fluids away from the ankles. Additionally, the swelling may be reduced when sodium intake is limited, and cool environments are preferred, keeping the body temperature comfortable. If you would like more information about how pregnancy affects the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

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 Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. 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 Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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