Flat feet are an abnormal foot structure the majority of babies are born with. The arch generally develops during the teenage years, and adults who have never developed an arch may have endured a foot injury, or it may have occurred from genetic reasons. There are some adults who have a consistent achy sensation with flat feet, and performing certain stretches may help to alleviate this. These exercises can help people who have full or partial flat feet, causing the arch to become stronger. A towel scrunch is done by sitting in a chair and having a towel lying at the feet. The towel is grabbed with the toes, inch by inch until it is completely under the foot. Stair raises are performed by standing on a step with the toes and balls of the feet. This is followed by pushing in and raising the heels into that air, and holding for several seconds. It is beneficial to repeat this as often as possible throughout the day. If you have flat feet and are looking for appropriate stretches to perform, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you with proper information.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot and consists of tissues that are tightly packed under the skin. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain when these tissues become inflamed and irritated from various things. These can include standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day, or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. It may also happen from weight gain, or from repetitive motion while performing specific activities. Having poor circulation may also lead to developing plantar fasciitis, as a result of reduced blood flow to the plantar fascia. It is beneficial to wear shoes that have a cushioned heel, and this may help to prevent plantar fasciitis. There are also stretches that can be done which can strengthen the plantar fascia. These can include standing on a step while lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you find treatment and relief remedies for plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
How Can It Be Treated?
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
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Sever’s disease is a condition that affects the heels in active children and young teenagers. Participating in running and jumping sporting events may cause Sever’s disease, as a result of, pressure on the heel. Sever’s disease is named after the American doctor James Sever, who discovered this condition in 1912. The heel pain that happens with Sever's disease generally occurs during a growth spurt and may be accompanied by swollen feet. Parents may notice their child is limping or walking on their tiptoes, and this can indicate Sever’s disease. Relief can begin with temporarily stopping the activity that caused this condition, in addition to frequently elevating the foot. As the affected foot heals, there may be specific stretches that can be done that can strengthen the heel. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat Sever’s disease.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.
Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.
Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.
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A stress fracture, or hairline fracture, often develops gradually. It is considered to be a break in the bone, and can happen in the foot or ankle. It can occur from repetitive overuse, and treatment can begin with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the fracture. Common causes of a stress fracture can include increasing speed and distance too quickly, or from running on uneven surfaces. There are four types of stress fractures, and the most common type affects the second metatarsal in the forefoot. The sesamoid bones may also fracture, in addition to the navicular or heel bone. The symptoms that many people experience with a stress fracture can include pain and swelling surrounding the affected area, and it can be uncomfortable when touched or walked on. A stress fracture requires immediate medical attention, which may prevent it from lapsing into a full blown fracture. This can require the patient to frequently elevate the foot, and to keep weight off of it as much as possible. Many people will wear a protective boot or use crutches that can help with mobility. If you have foot pain, and fear you may have a stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this foot condition.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our doctors from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.