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Posts for: November, 2013

The Groundpounders, Will Brown, Mel Williams, Matt Jaffe, Al RichmondMel Williams is a member of the Groundpounders, a club of runners who have completed all Marine Corps marathons. Over the years Williams was able to finish the Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon 37 times, winning his age group on 18 occasions.

 He was on top of his age group for three years at the Boston Marathon, according to Runner’s World. However, walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour caused the 75 year old such an enormous amount of pain that he had to stop.

 “I know what’s happening to my body,” he said. “The question is: how can I work around it? I realize it’s the aging process. I’m trying to understand it physiologically and I can’t,” said Williams. After  another marathon in October 2012, Williams finished in his slowest run to date, with his legs continuing to bother him. Williams was then suggested to undergo surgery on his calf.

Everyone should take care of feet, but some foot problems require undergoing foot surgery. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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

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Flat FeetSenior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston performed a study that found that women incurred back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan measured each subject’s foot in the standing position and had the individual walk across a mat with embedded sensors to measure heel pressure to the foot’s tip while walking.

The research found that only women with pronated feet were linked to having lower back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan says that because women’s pelvic bones are wider and sway their hips as they walk are likely causes of being more affected by flat feet.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.

Diagnosis

The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.

Surgery

In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

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

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FracturesResearchers at the University of Pittsburgh focused their study on whether osteoporosis places elderly women at a higher risk of either fracturing their foot or ankle.

The study suggests that elderly women are among the most susceptible patients to sustaining fractures, with osteoporosis being a prominent risk factor.  

A group of 10,000 women 65 and older were tested by having to walk a certain distance, with the team focusing on those who suffered either a foot or ankle fracture. Patients who sustained foot fractures were generally inactive and suffered from osteoporosis. Patients that were overweight or actually more physically active were more likely to suffer an ankle fracture.

Maintaining proper foot health once you get older is very crucial to a healthy life. If you are experiencing any foot problems seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments available.

Geriatrics and Podiatry

When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or anything else that may seem irregular.

Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. So wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health can also lead to good circulation which is paramount to overall health.

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

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Foot Exercise According to Lisa Reed of WTOP, high heels might beautify your wardrobe, but they could also cause ugly damage to your feet and even cause chronic pain. According to The Washington Post this is because high heels tend to elevate your feet to an unnatural angle. This angle adds pressure to your knees, leading to inflammation of the joints and pinched nerves.

Lisa believes a possible solution is adhering to the stiletto workout. Reed suggests working out the legs, heels, and ankles; but also incorporating the usual foot soaking, and foot rub.    

Although it is important to get adequate exercise for your feet and ankles, as the study indicates, you should be aware of proper exercise techniques before you embark on a new program. A podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle can provide exercise recommendations that allow you to gain strength in your feet and ankles while avoiding foot pain or foot injuries.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

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

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