Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Drop foot is caused by an inability to lift the foot enough to clear the ground as you take a step. It results in a shuffling or dragging type of gait. To counteract that, a person tends to over-lift the knees on each step, resembling a marching gait. Experts find that drop foot is usually a sign that something else is wrong. Causes may be anatomical, muscular, or neurological. Nerve injury, such as damage to the peroneal nerve, is a common cause of drop foot. Symptoms are pain and numbness. It may be brought on by a sports injury, childbirth, or sitting with your legs crossed for a long time. Certain muscle disorders like muscular dystrophy may also be the cause. Electronic imaging tests can be used to detect the underlying cause behind drop foot and treatment options depend on the source of the problem. Many find that custom orthotics, light braces, nerve stimulation, and possible surgery can be helpful. For more information on drop foot and how it may be treated, please consult a podiatrist. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors 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 offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Foot injuries among athletes usually come from overuse. Feet basically dictate the rest of the movements in the lower body. They function to absorb shock and provide a rigid surface to push off from. High stress placed on feet during sports can cause imbalances in muscles that may lead to biomechanical dysfunction of the feet. This in turn can cause pain and interference with an athlete’s mobility. The most common overuse injuries among athletes include turf toe, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Turf toe happens due to repetitive hyperextension of the big toe. This is seen in athletes who wear shoes that are lightweight and flexible and  performing movements that require repeated and forced hyperextension of the big toe. Pain in the big toe is the most common symptom of this condition. Bunions happen to those who over-pronate. Instead of using muscles to support the arch, patients may rely on ligaments and bones to support the foot when walking, and this may cause the arch to collapse. Push off is from the big toe rather than the ball of the foot. The most common symptom is pain at the inside of the big toe. This is worsened by wearing narrow shoes with insufficient room in the toe box. Over time, the big toe moves towards the other toes. Plantar fasciitis happens to athletes who over-pronate and do not have enough strength in their foot muscles. It is associated with running, jumping, and other repetitive movements. It comes from inflammation and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia. Someone with plantar fasciitis has pain with their first steps in the morning, tenderness along the arch and heel of the foot, and tenderness in the plantar fascia. If you are an athlete and experience foot pain, it is wise to consult with a podiatrist who can make a proper diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment options.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors 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 offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

A foot injury can lead to inflammation and irritation of the sesamoid bones which is known as sesamoiditis. Prompt medical attention is often needed and failure to do so may lead to additional inflammation of the surrounding tendons and ligaments. The pain of this foot condition is often felt in the ball of the foot directly under the joint in the big toe. It can be difficult to walk, and the pain may intensify when the big toe is stretched. Many patients often have a limited range of motion in the big toe, and it may be hard to straighten the toe. Sesamoiditis can occur when the pressure on the ball of the foot is increased, and this may happen from frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Existing foot structures like high arches and bony feet may contribute to sesamoiditis. If you have pain in this part of your foot or exhibit any of the above symptoms, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

There are several reasons why you may experience soreness in your ankles after a cardio workout. For instance, your footwear may not fit properly. When purchasing exercise footwear, it is wise to shop after a workout or at the end of the day to ensure a comfortable fit after your feet have expanded from heat or exercise. It is also important to try on shoes with the same socks you’ll wear while exercising. Check to make sure that your toes have room to move around and that your heel does not slip out while you are walking. If footwear is not the culprit, it may be Achilles tendinitis. This large tendon connects your heel with your calf muscles and can sometimes suffer from overuse injuries due to high-intensity cardio exercise. Pain from Achilles tendinitis can be felt at the back of the heel and ankle. Or, you may have a compressed posterior tibial nerve that passes through the tarsal tunnel, resulting in tarsal tunnel syndrome. This condition may develop after a sprained ankle, or if you excessively roll your feet inward when you walk or run, known as overpronation. Check with your podiatrist who can determine the cause of your ankle pain after a cardio workout and treat it accordingly.


 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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