Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

When you walk, your feet sometimes roll inward rather than staying straight ahead. This is a condition called overpronation. It is commonly attributed to flat feet or fallen arches, as the arch of the foot cannot support the weight of each step. Many things also can contribute to overpronation, including obesity, diabetes, poor posture, and footwear that doesn’t give enough arch support. Symptoms of overpronation are inflammation of the feet and ankles, frequent ankle sprains, and swelling that worsens with activity. Overpronation is also a risk factor for other conditions, like plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia. It is a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can determine the cause and severity of your overpronation. They likely will examine the wear pattern on your shoes and study your gait. X-rays and other imaging tests may also be conducted. In some cases, the podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to relieve some of the underlying causes of overpronation and suggest exercises to help strengthen the arch.  

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor 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 office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 July 2022 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

A common form of ankle pain is a sprain. It can be painful and is often difficult to walk. Ankle sprains can happen as a result of twisting the ankle unexpectedly while stepping off a curb, and from changing direction when running on uneven surfaces. Many times the ligament on the outside of the ankle becomes damaged from the twist and this is known as the lateral ligament. The best way to diagnose an ankle sprain is via X-ray. This imaging is an effective method of ruling out a broken ankle. The symptoms that many patients experience include bruising, swelling, and the inability to walk. There are three grades of ankle sprains that people can endure. Grade one is the least painful, and consists of a few tissue fibers that are torn. Considerable pain often accompanies grade two and involves more fibrous tissues torn. Patients are often unable to walk with a grade three sprain, and this is classified as a complete tear of the ligament. Mild relief may come from elevating the affected ankle frequently during the day as this may reduce existing swelling. An ankle sprain can be treated by a podiatrist, and it is important to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

Many people are born with flat feet. Some live a healthy, active lifestyle with little to no pain from this condition while others are subject to chronic foot and leg pain. With normal walking, the foot flattens slightly to absorb force and to help accommodate the surface being walked on. A flat foot allows flexibility compared to a foot that has a higher arch, it is locked and rigid and does not absorb the force or mold to the ground. However, because a flat foot is looser, it can be prone to chronic muscle strain because the muscles work harder to keep the foot in a stable position. While the body can adapt to flat feet, when there is an increase or change in intensity or duration of an activity, pain may result. A flat foot can also trigger the inward rotation of the lower leg bone (the tibia), which causes the knees to point inward. Since the upper leg bone will generally follow this movement along, the leg, hip, and lower back may become affected. It is important to know whether you were born with flat feet or if they are caused by something else. A podiatrist can help you figure this out and if you are in pain, provide suggestions and treatment on what can be done to increase your comfort.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.  

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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