Posts for: April, 2015
What are Flat Feet?
Flat Feet, or Pes Planus, is a deformity in posture found in roughly 20 percent of the general population, by most recent estimates. It can affect one or both of the feet and present at birth. According to recent podiatric discourse and analysis, there is little evidence to suggest that flat feet have any negative impact on performance or any increased risk of injury.
There are many categorizations of flat feet which may be either rigid or flexible. Damage to the posterior tibial muscle is the leading cause of adult acquired flat foot. This is generally an unstable position which over time can be the root cause of a multitude of different problems such as tired feet pre-maturely, hammer toes, heel spurs, and many other condition.
Treating Flat Feet
Many options are available for treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. Most cases respond well to orthotic use.
For more information of available treatments of flat feet, Contact Us to book your consultation today.
Fractures of the toe or foot are often very serious and limiting conditions. Fractures are breaks in the continuity of your bone structure, usually as a result of impacts or trauma to the affected area. Fractures are often very painful, and can lead to complications if not properly treated. Those most at risk of fractures are the elderly, as well as those suffering from osteoporosis, bone cancer or calcium deficiency. Those who smoke are also at greater risk, due to the bone-softening properties of nicotine. These fractures come in many different forms, and are classified according to the mechanism (whether it is the result of trauma or a pathological reason such as steroid induced osteoporosis). Further, fractures can either be “closed” or “open”, wherein the bone perforates the surrounding tissue and breaks thru the skin. Finally, fractures can become displaced, in which case the broken ends must be re-aligned.
Toe Fracture Diagnosis
Normally, other than pain, among the first signs of a toe fracture is swelling (but not bruising) in the affected area. This is part of the human body’s natural healing process. Further, a fracture is evidenced by noticeable and sustained pain in the suspected area, as well as spasms in the surrounding musculature as the body attempts to contain the fracture and keep it aligned. This pain may subside after a few hours, so it is inadvisable to assume that lack of pain is an indicator that no fracture has occurred. Fractures are often the result of at least some form of physical trauma, so they are likely to surface after the patient has sustained a significant impact to the area. As part of standard procedure, your podiatrist will likely want to verify the presence of a fracture by as X-ray.
Failure to seek treatment can result in a number of complications. For instance the affected foot can become deformed, or the patient may develop arthritis or chronic pain. As such, it is paramount that you seek prompt and adequate treatment. Sometimes, something as simple as rest is all that’s required to treat a fracture.
If you suspect you may have suffered a fracture in your foot or ankle, contact Podiatry Associates today. Our highly trained, professional and compassionate staff can assist.