Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

The foot's three arches, which are often overlooked, sustain you in daily activities. The medial and lateral longitudinal arches and the anterior transverse arch function as a resilient spring, absorbing shock and supporting our weight during movement. This function depends on composition of tarsal and metatarsal bones bolstered by ligaments and tendons. The trio of foot arches, which are essential for walking and sprinting, optimize energy efficiency. The medial arch, taller and more elastic, owes its resilience to its structural makeup and supporting network. In contrast, the flatter and sturdier lateral arch relies on robust ligaments and muscles for stability. Together, they form the longitudinal arch, essential for balance and force distribution. Complementing these are the transverse arches, fortifying the foot's stability. Issues like low or high arches can lead to discomfort and conditions like heel pain or plantar fasciitis. If you are experiencing discomfort in the arch of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Inside ankle pain, or medial ankle pain, can result from several common causes. One frequent cause is posterior tibial tendonitis, where inflammation affects the tendon supporting the arch. Another potential cause is tarsal tunnel syndrome, a condition involving the compression of the tibial nerve. Medial ankle sprains, typically less common than lateral sprains, can also lead to significant pain and swelling. Preventing inside ankle pain involves strengthening the ankle muscles and tendons through exercises and stretches. Wearing properly fitted, supportive footwear can also help maintain proper alignment and reduce strain. Additionally, avoiding overuse and allowing adequate rest between activities can prevent tendonitis and other overuse injuries. If pain persists, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and prevention strategies.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Swollen feet can be uncomfortable and concerning, often signaling an underlying issue. One common cause is prolonged standing or sitting, which leads to fluid accumulation in the feet due to gravity. This is often seen in people with sedentary jobs or those who travel long distances. Another possibility is injury. Sprains, fractures, or other injuries to the foot or ankle can cause swelling as the body responds with inflammation to protect the area. This type of swelling is usually accompanied by pain and bruising. Additionally, medical conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, or venous insufficiency can lead to swollen feet. These issues affect the body's ability to circulate and balance fluids properly, resulting in fluid retention in the lower extremities. If your feet are persistently swollen or if swelling is accompanied by other symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as quickly as possible.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Clover Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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


 

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