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February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Simple Yoga Stretching for Toes and Ankles

Stretching your feet and ankles can help improve or maintain their strength and flexibility. Yoga is a great way to stretch the whole body, including your feet and ankles. The simplest stretch for your toes and ankles is to simply sit upright on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. You may sit with your back against a wall or with your hands on the floor behind you to provide yourself with more stability. From this position, you can extend and flex your toes, your ankles, or both your toes and your ankles at the same time. To learn more about specific stretches for the feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Psoriatic Arthritis Can Affect the Feet

Each foot consists of several bones, ligaments, and tendons. The skin on the feet differs from the rest of the body by being thicker and having numerous sweat glands. This is helpful in monitoring the impact that occurs from walking and standing for the majority of the day. Psoriasis is a medical condition that can cause the feet to become arthritic. It can cause severe pain and discomfort, and may be recognized by noticing yellow and white areas on the feet that are filled with pus. The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can include pain in the ankle joints, and it may be difficult to point and flex the foot. If you have symptoms of arthritis in the feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively help you to manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

Preventing Ingrown Toenails in Infants

Much like adults, infants can also develop painful ingrown toenails. Fortunately, these are fairly easy to prevent. When trimming your baby’s toenails, it is suggested that you use nail clippers. This is because nail scissors tend to cut the nails in a curved or rounded shape, and it is easier for the rounded edge of the toenail to grow into the surrounding skin, whereas nail clippers can easily cut the toenails straight across. Longer toenails can make an ingrown toenail more likely to develop, so it is best that you trim your baby’s nails regularly. In some cases, this may mean once a week or more. When you do cut your baby’s toenails, please refrain from cutting them too close to the skin. It is also suggested that you let your baby go barefoot or dress them in loose-fitting socks and shoes, as tight footwear can compress the toes and push the toenails into the skin. For more information about handling ingrown toenails in infants, please consult with a podiatrist. 

 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Bruce Smit of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00

Is Cuboid Syndrome Common?

The cuboid is a cube-shaped bone located in the middle of the foot. Since this bone is in an area that is not directly involved in bearing weight, an injury to the cuboid bone is not common. Nevertheless, it is still wise to be on the lookout for any signs of injury to the cuboid bone. Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone is knocked out of its proper alignment, typically due to another injury, such as an ankle sprain, or from repetitive stress being placed on the bone. Symptoms of this condition include foot pain, bruising, swelling, and a reduced range of motion in the foot. Cuboid syndrome can be diagnosed through physical examination and treatments are typically conservative. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cuboid syndrome, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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