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April 2023

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Some people consider the feet to be the workhorses of the body. They carry the weight of the body, provide balance and the ability to walk and run. Poor foot health can limit activity, and it may be difficult to complete daily activities. It is beneficial to keep the feet feeling as best as possible, and this can be done by practicing simple everyday foot care tips. It can start with washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. Regularly trimming the toenails can be done by using a stainless steel toenail clipper, and this may help to prevent an ingrown toenail from developing. When purchasing shoes, it is helpful to ensure there is adequate room for the toes to move in freely, in addition to being comfortable. Many foot conditions may be avoided when proper hygiene is practiced. If you would like additional information about everyday foot care tips, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the correct knowledge.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Macclenny, FL . 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

Common Deformities of the Feet

The majority of people have straight feet and toes. However, others have what are termed deformities, some that are genetic and others that are caused by external factors. Probably the most commonly recognized foot deformity is a bunion. This can be the result of having a splayed foot formation of the metatarsal bones which causes the feet to be wider at the top than normal and is often instrumental in the formation of a bunion. Another detrimental formation of the foot is flat foot, where the sole of the foot covers the ground while standing, and no arch is present. The opposite of flat feet is high arches, where the instep is higher than normal. This can lead to pain in the ball of the foot as well as causing difficulty in finding shoes that fit properly. Foot deformities can affect the gait, which is the way you walk, and contribute to pain in the knees, hips, and back. If you have a foot deformity that is causing pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. 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 office located in Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

The condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma involves the nerves in the feet. Specifically, the nerve that is found between the third and fourth toes is generally affected, and can become irritated and compressed. It can gradually happen from wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area, and high heels can fall into this category. The symptoms that can accompany Morton’s neuroma can consist of a burning, numbing or tingling sensation, and many people feel like they have a small rock in their shoe. A proper diagnosis can consist of having a physical examination done of the affected foot. If the neuroma is large enough, it may be felt during the exam. Treatment can begin with refraining from wearing the shoes that may have caused the condition, and opting to wear shoes with a lower heel. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. John L. Coleman of Florida. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

Foot Stretches for Swimming

Many individuals may partake in swimming, whether it be a triathlete or a casual swimmer. Before one engages in this activity, however, it may be beneficial to perform certain foot stretches. For example, a swimmer can increase ankle flexibility and mobility by performing several ankle stretches and motions. Specifically, while wrapping a band around the bottom of the foot and holding it with the hands, an individual can flex the ankle against resistance. By repeatedly pointing the toes against this resistance, one can ultimately improve tissue length near the ankle. If you are someone who frequently swims and you want to learn more about ways in which you can stretch the foot, then it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist. This foot specialist can help you answer any questions you might have and provide any treatment you may need.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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