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Posts for: February, 2014

Obese, overweightA new study conducted by scientists at the University of Auckland has found that males who are the oldest children in their families may be more at risk of becoming obese than their younger siblings. Researchers looked at sets of younger and older brothers between ages 35 and 55, and with BMIs of 25-30.

On average the elder brothers weighed over 200 pounds, compared to 185 pounds in the younger brothers. The scientists hypothesize these differences may be due to factors such as increased insulin sensitivity in firstborns or changes in prenatal blood flow.

Obesity can be the cause of many foot and ankle woes. To learn about the adverse effects of obesity on the feet, contact podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will examine your feet and determine if your weight has caused any complications.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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Long distance coach: Radcliffe is currently in Kenya advising Mo Farah and UK AthleticsPaula Radcliffe, last run was thought to be at the 2011 Berlin Marathon. Radcliffe continued to suffer a nagging, uncomfortable foot injury. But, believes running one last top-level marathon will help her persevere and just remain competitive—rather than trying to beat her world record.

Not only that, but it will allow her to make up for remaining on the sidelines of the 2012 London Olympics, but most importantly, let her end her career on a note of her choosing.

The runner has this to say about preparing and training for the Virgin Money London Marathon this April, “I will never say ‘retire’ because I am never going to finish running. I am still going to be getting out for a run and I don’t want to jeopardize that because it’s important.But I want to ask [my feet] to run one more marathon.”

If you are an athlete and want to know more about rehabilitation for foot and ankle injuries, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can teach you about the different rehabilitation options that are available and help you decide on one that’s right for you.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes.

To learn more about Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes, follow the link below.

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

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arthritic foot careAccording to the authors of new research on arthritis, the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education program, Yoga can act to mitigate the physical and the psychological pain of arthritis.

Arthritis is a condition that is very painful, “…yoga can provide physical relief of symptoms around the…joints.” The Daily Mail states that about 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom see some type of medical personnel for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; the former affects the lower extremities and the hands, the latter affects the feet and the hands. Clearly, yoga is turning out to be a very large benefit to those suffering from the condition.

If you are suffering arthritic pain in your feet or ankles, be sure to consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose and treat your arthritic pain.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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foot and ankle injuriesResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT and Biosenses have developed a soft but wearable robotic device for patients with ankle-foot disorders, such as drop foot. The device is powered by pneumatic artificial muscle actuators beneficial for rehabbing patients.

The orthotic device uses these soft plastics and composite materials combines with pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs), sensors to achieve the realistic and natural motions in the ankle. Researchers were able to attach the device to four test subjects and found that the prototype was capable of generating an ankle range of 27 degrees sagittal motion. The device may be suitable for aiding patients with neuromuscular disorders of the feet.

If you have experienced a foot or ankle injury, there may be a variety of therapy options available to you. For help choosing one, consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can analyze your recovery and offer you advice on what therapy would be most effective. 

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate and relax the muscles.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

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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