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Flat feet are a common foot ailment that can be easy to observe. While standing up, does the entire foot lie flat on the floor? Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops by the teenage years. This may not be the case for some adults, as genetics may contribute to having flat feet. Additionally, if a foot injury has occurred, flat feet may be the result. Many people do not experience pain with flat feet and can complete daily activities. Conversely, flat feet may cause pain and discomfort, and measures can be implemented to help reduce existing pain. These can include performing specific stretches that are tailored for patients with flat feet, in addition to wearing custom-made orthotics. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can monitor your balance and general foot health.
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.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
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.
Most broken toes are the result of falling, dropping something heavy on it, or bumping it into a hard object. Symptoms of a broken, rather than sprained, toe include severe throbbing pain that does not subside, swelling, bruising, and redness of the skin. The inability to put weight on the toe is another sign, as standing or walking is likely to send shooting pain up through the body. Worse, it may even cause you to lose your balance and fall. A telltale sign of a broken toe is a popping or cracking noise heard when the injury occurs. If you have a broken toe it will become extremely tender to the touch. Putting on shoes, or even socks, may become impossible to bear. An obvious sign that a toe is broken is if the bone becomes visible through a break in the skin. Besides being painful, the toe is then more likely to be exposed to infection. Further, if not properly healed, this can lead to a permanent deformity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.
A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What to Know About a Broken Toe
Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Throbbing pain
- Bruising on the skin and toenail
- The inability to move the toe
- Toe appears crooked or disfigured
- Tingling or numbness in the toe
Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.
Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.
Blisters can be nothing short of an annoyance when formed on the feet. Blisters developed by friction can reduce mobility and sometimes even cause a patient pain. Therefore, taking certain steps to avoid the formation of a blister in the first place may be beneficial. For example, if you are looking to prevent the onset of a blister, you might consider wearing shoes that fit your feet properly. The reason for this is that ill-fitting shoes that are too tight can cause friction between your foot and the shoe, which causes blisters. Specifically, you might consider looking for shoes with a wide enough toe box. To prevent blisters from forming on the feet, you also might make an attempt to keep your feet moisturized, yet still dry, when wearing shoes. If you are someone that is currently struggling with foot blisters, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.
What Are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
How Do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.
Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.
New mothers often want to ensure that they are doing everything they possibly can to take care of their own health and the health of their new baby. One question that pregnant women sometimes ask medical professionals, such as podiatrists, is what kind of socks they should be wearing while they carry their baby to term. Importantly, it is helpful to note that the answer might depend on each individual patient’s needs. However, generally speaking, wearing compression socks might be helpful for some pregnant women. The reason for this is that they can help in reducing swelling in the feet and lower legs, a common symptom of pregnancy. By wearing compression socks, a pregnant woman may also be able to avoid blood clots, another issue that may arise during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are planning to be, it is recommended that you contact a podiatrist for advice on how to protect your feet during pregnancy.
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 one of our podiatrists from Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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