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January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Children’s Feet May Be Different Sizes

When children learn to walk, it is beneficial to have them walk barefoot while indoors. When it is time to walk outdoors, it is important to ensure they wear shoes that fit correctly. This can be accomplished by having your child’s feet properly measured by using a Brannock device. The majority of children have feet that are different sizes, and the larger size shoe should be purchased. When the shoes are tried on, it is beneficial to have the child wiggle their toes to make sure there is adequate room in the top of the shoe. Shoes that are comfortable are often made from breathable materials and are lightweight. If you would like additional information about how to buy shoes for your child, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to choose the correct shoes.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Preventing Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when a ligament in the ankle is overstretched or torn, and they are often caused by the foot suddenly turning inward during walking, running, or jumping activities. Athletes, especially those involved in sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and tennis, are particularly prone to ankle sprains because these sports require pivoting motions that put the ankle at risk. There are measures that you can take to prevent ankle sprains, including running on flat surfaces, wearing protective gear while playing sports, warming up prior to exercise, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and wearing shoes that fit properly. If you have suffered an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 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.

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

What Are the Most Common Running Injuries?

Running is a wonderful sport for maintaining your cardiovascular health and overall fitness, however, it can increase your risk of getting a foot or ankle injury. Two of the most common running injuries are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis often presents itself as a stabbing pain in the heel, or pain in the arch of the foot. This is an overuse injury that is the result of repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, a fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is caused by small tears in the tendon due to overuse. Many running injuries can be prevented by regularly warming up, doing strengthening exercises, resting, and wearing the right shoes. However, if you find yourself with a persistent foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

Broken Toe Bones

A broken toe bone is typically the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe. If you have broken your big toe you will likely feel pain at the time of injury. You may also see swelling and bruising, and in severe cases, the toe can also become deformed. A fracture in one of the smaller toes may not be as noticeable. A broken toe is usually diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging studies, such as an X-ray. Common treatments include resting and icing the foot, wearing a walking boot, or taping the injured toe to the adjacent toes for stability while the broken toe heals. If you believe that you have broken your toe, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment as soon as possible.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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