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Marion Laverty. Picture: Ian RutherfordMarion Laverty, a 35 year old mother from Granton, plans to run a half-marathon on May 25th, even though she recently found out that she’s pregnant with her second child. Laverty had been training for some time before discovering that she’s expecting, and she doesn’t believe that she should stop just because of her pregnancy.

Her plan is to do simple aerobic exercises and light jogging to help her get ready for the race. “I’m not advocating every pregnant woman does it, but if it’s something you have always done, research will tell you that you are capable,” Laverty stated. “I’m doing a bit of research surrounding exercise in pregnancy. It’s OK to exercise moderately if that’s what you have done before, that’s the consensus.”

The body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, some of which can affect the health of one’s feet. If you or someone you know is pregnant, visit podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will provide you with comprehensive advice in regards to how to care for your feet before and after the baby arrives.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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

For more information about Pregnancy and Foot Health, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) launched their campaign, an online education source of information for both professionals and parents called, ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy,’ this week. The aim, of course, is to provide comprehensive education to the general public about regularly maintaining children’s feet and the true importance; from very young ages on up, of the role podiatrists play in positive health.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports."said APMA President Frank Spinosa. This only underscores the necessity of podiatrists in providing guidance for keeping a child’s feet healthy at all stages of development and in treating injuries and abnormalities that crop up.  

This only underscores the necessity of podiatrists in providing guidance for keeping a child’s feet healthy at all stages of development and in treating injuries and abnormalities that crop up. So speak with podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali  will evaluate your current care methods and make suggestions where he sees the need for improvement.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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running shoesHitoshi Mimura, formerly affiliated with the shoe brand Asics, is touted as the ‘god shoes’. Mimura, who has taken on a solo act, is considered to be one of the best in the shoe design field.

Mimura does business crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes who consult with him. When asked what his secret is, Mimura says it’s is all about the metrics involved when making a shoe. Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of the Achilles tendon. 

Running shoe selection needs consideration. If you would like some assistance finding the right running shoe, come and see podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle .  Dr. Crismali can help you to find a shoe that works for you and your feet.  

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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children's foot healthThe North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has teamed up with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to collect athletic shoes for kids in need. The objective is to help children who wouldn’t normally have access to this equipment live a more active lifestyle.

According to Ben Back, the president of NIACC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club, the groups also hope the project will help make the public more aware of the large amount of underprivileged kids living in America. “A lot of us take for granite having five, ten, 15 pairs of shoes in our closet,” Back said, “where as some are at a disadvantage to not have that many pairs of shoes and new pair of shoes might be a big deal.”

Keeping children’s feet healthy can sometimes be a daunting task. If you are unsure if you’re doing the right thing for your kids’ feet, speak with podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will evaluate your current care methods and make suggestions where he sees the need for improvement.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

·Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
·Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury

To learn more about keeping children’s feet healthy follow link below.

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

Read more about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy.

biomechanicsJosep Maria Font leads researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in experiments designed to further our understanding of the way a variety of shoe types affect every aspect of footwear. Advanced data collection on biomechanics can be used to develop comfortable, intelligently-crafted footwear for everyone.

“With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters more closely linked to the comfort were perceived by the user,” says Josep. Through the course of the experiments and research, the scientists used precise motion-capture cameras and sensors to measure gait, how the subjects walked, and how their feet impact the ground when they take steps.

Biomechanical insight is an important subject to anyone concerned about the health of their feet. For in-depth assistance on such a complicated topic, consider speaking to a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will analyze the way your feet move and help determine if you need to make any changes to your lifestyle.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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