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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Reflexology Is a Type of Foot Therapy

There are pressure points on each foot that are connected to specific organs in the body. A type of foot therapy known as reflexology is considered to be an ancient Chinese practice. Reflexology is performed by applying pressure to certain parts of each foot and this is done by a therapist. An additional benefit of having frequent foot massages and reflexology performed can be the positive effect it may have on the overall body. Many people also find it helpful to roll their entire foot on a tennis ball from the toes to the heels until a pressure point is found. It is suggested that diabetic patients consult with their podiatrist before partaking in reflexology as it may affect the nerves that are unable to be felt as a result of neuropathy. If you would like more information about how this type of foot therapy can help you, please speak with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Dr. Steven Sheridan of Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

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

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. 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. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sandusky, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Why You Should Wear Shoes for Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a popular choice of exercise for many people. While shoes are not required, there is a good reason to wear shoes for this activity. Water shoes can help prevent foot pain and increase traction on the pool floor. Water aerobics involves jumping up and down on hard pool floors. Walking or bouncing on the bottom of the pool can eventually cause foot pain, a primary reason for wearing water shoes. However, these shoes can also prevent foot blisters. Since the skin on the feet softens and prunes in the water, it becomes more sensitive than if the feet were dry. Wearing a non-slip water shoe during water aerobics is important for injury prevention. Slipping can cause blisters as well as friction burns. Water shoes will provide stability in the water as the lack of body control is heightened due to added resistance. Slip-resistant shoes will provide more control and better performance of exercises. If you participate in water aerobics and sustain foot injuries or want to learn more about how to prevent foot injuries while engaging in this activity, contact a podiatrist to discuss.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

How Often Are Children’s Feet Measured?

Children grow at their own pace, and this is especially true of their feet. The feet can grow quickly, and it is beneficial to measure them every two months until they reach two years old. The next phase consists of measuring their feet every three months up to the age of five, followed by every six months between the ages of six and 11. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and their feet are typically flexible and soft. There are benefits to children walking barefoot while they are indoors, and these can include sensing different types of surfaces, in addition to stretching their toes. When it is time to purchase their first pair of shoes, it is important for proper foot development to ensure that they fit correctly and have adequate arch support. Velcro closures or shoes that lace up are preferred, and this may allow for changes to the instep. If you have questions about what type of shoes your child will wear, or general concerns about children’s foot health, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you in the right direction.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan of Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Saturday, 08 October 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it may be indicative of a foot condition referred to as plantar fasciitis. Research has shown plantar fasciitis affects approximately 10% of the population worldwide, and often causes severe heel pain. The plantar fascia, found on the sole of the foot, is a band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Excessive running or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may cause the plantar fascia to become inflamed. Additionally, plantar fasciitis may develop from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, or if the tissue becomes overstretched. Relief may be found when specific stretches are performed and shoes that are worn that have adequate cushioning. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to permanently repair the plantar fascia. In patients who are overweight, it is suggested that eating healthy foods can help to reduce the effect body’s weight has on the soles of the feet. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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