Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Understanding your gait, or the way you run, can improve your running technique. As a runner, you have likely developed your own style, but analyzing your gait can reveal areas for performance enhancement and injury prevention. During analysis, a podiatrist would typically start by observing your running pattern on a treadmill, paying close attention to the movements of your lower limbs, pelvis, and trunk. They may use video recording or specialized motion analysis software to capture and analyze your gait in detail. They also may conduct physical examinations to assess your joint mobility, muscle strength, and any structural abnormalities that could affect your running mechanics. By combining these observations with your medical history and any reported symptoms, the podiatrist can identify specific areas of concern and develop a tailored treatment plan. This plan may include exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility, recommendations for footwear or orthotics to provide support and alignment, and guidance on proper running technique. If you experience recurring discomfort or want to maximize your running potential, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation of your gait, and suggestions for improving it.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Stephanie Tine, DPM from Flamingo Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 office located in Fort Lauderdale, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Ankle injuries are a frequent occurrence in the high-paced world of soccer, posing challenges for players of all levels. The nature of the sport, characterized by sudden changes in direction, rapid acceleration, and physical contact, makes ankles vulnerable to sprains, strains, and fractures. One common injury is the ankle sprain, which occurs when the ligaments supporting the joint are stretched or torn, often due to a sudden twist or roll of the foot. Another concern is ankle fractures, which involve a break in one or more bones in the ankle joint and can result from direct trauma or excessive force. These injuries not only cause pain and swelling but also disrupt player performance and sideline athletes for weeks or even months. Preventive measures such as proper warm-up routines, wearing supportive footwear, and practicing techniques for safe landing and pivoting can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries. If have sustained an ankle injury while playing soccer, it is suggested that you promptly consult a podiatrist for effective treatment solutions. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Stephanie Tine, DPM of Flamingo Foot and Ankle. 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 Fort Lauderdale, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Pregnancy often brings about foot pain and lower limb changes due to increased weight and altered body mechanics as the baby grows. These changes can lead to swelling, varicose veins, and changes in foot structure. A common issue is flattened arches, which may cause pain and discomfort. Supportive and comfortable footwear, avoiding standing for prolonged periods, and elevating feet to reduce swelling are suggested to alleviate symptoms. Compression stockings can also help manage swelling and prevent varicose veins. Gentle exercise, like walking or swimming, can improve circulation and reduce leg cramps. Consulting with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, is important to get targeted treatment advice. Podiatrists can also prescribe orthotics or specific exercises to strengthen the feet and legs during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and struggling with foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Stephanie Tine, DPM from Flamingo Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Chronic foot pain can result from many conditions, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes-related neuropathy, and repetitive stress injuries. These conditions can lead to ongoing discomfort, affecting mobility and quality of life. Effective diagnosis often begins with a comprehensive evaluation by a podiatrist, who will review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical examination. Podiatrists may utilize imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to view the internal structure of the foot and identify any underlying issues. These tests help the doctor confirm or eliminate certain conditions from the diagnosis by giving a detailed picture of what is happening in the foot. Gait analysis might also be performed to assess how the individual stands and walks, pinpointing abnormal movements that could contribute to the pain. Getting the right diagnosis is important so the podiatrist can create a customized treatment strategy to address the chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Stephanie Tine, DPM from Flamingo Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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