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February 2020

Many patients overlook their feet when it comes to stretching the body. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, which is why the overall health of the body may improve when the feet are healthy and flexible. The benefits that are associated with stretching the feet can include improved muscle tone, and cardiovascular health and circulation may become more efficient.  Walking is considered to be a good way to stretch the feet. This is due to the full range of motion that is achieved as each step is taken. The toes can be stretched by crossing one leg over the other while pulling the toes back. When several repetitions of this are completed, switch legs. An effective Achilles tendon stretch happens when your hands are placed on a wall in front of you while simultaneously stepping back with one foot. After feeling a gentle stretch, hold for thirty seconds. If you would like additional information about the importance of stretching the feet, 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 one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Several Types of Running Shoes

Research has indicated that running shoes are the most important purchase a runner can make. There are several choices available, which is why it is beneficial that proper knowledge is acquired before a purchase is made. There are three portions of each running shoe, consisting of the upper, midsole, and outsole. The upper keeps the foot stable, and consists of the laces and tongue of the shoe. The midsole contains cushioning and governs how the foot moves in the shoe. The outsole controls the traction of how the shoe operates on pavement or trails. Some runners prefer a minimal shoe, which may feel similar to running barefoot. Other runners may enjoy running in shoes that have maximum cushioning and support. If you are interested in buying running shoes, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist for advice on what style of shoe is best suited for your running preferences.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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Many patients will experience swollen ankles or swollen feet periodically throughout their lives. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including a possible injury, arthritic conditions, or medical issues that may involve the kidneys. The foot will swell immediately if it is sprained or broken, which may cause pain and discomfort. Swollen feet may be a common condition among patients who have heart ailments. When this occurs, fluid may collect in the feet and ankles. Gravity can cause this to become worse during the day, so it may help to elevate the feet as often as possible. The arthritic condition that is known as gout can cause extreme foot pain. It typically affects the big toe, and may cause pain that is so extreme, it can be difficult to touch the toe. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so they can help you to feel better.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

How Do Cracked Heels Develop?

When pressure is put onto the pad underneath the heel, and the skin of the heel lacks moisture, it’s very likely that the skin will expand and crack due to lack of elasticity. Many other factors can play a role in developing cracked heels besides a lack of moisture. Some of these reasons can include obesity, frequently wearing open-back shoes, and standing for longer periods of time, especially on hard flooring. Certain foot conditions may also increase your chances of having cracked heels. These conditions may consist of diabetes, flat feet, heel spurs, fungal infections, and athlete’s foot, to name a few. To help treat cracked heels, it may be beneficial to apply a moisturizer to the affected area immediately after taking a bath or shower. It’s important that you also be mindful in choosing which soap or body washes you use, making sure to avoid those that are harsh or scented. For more advice and for help on how to best treat your cracked heels, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for professional care.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. 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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