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Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Exploring the Bones and Muscles Within Our Feet

The human foot is a remarkable structure, consisting of a complex interplay of bones and muscles that enable us to walk, run, and maintain our balance. Understanding the intricate anatomy of our feet is essential to appreciate their vital role in our daily lives. At the core of the foot's structure are 26 bones, accounting for approximately one-quarter of the bones in the body. These bones are categorized into three groups that are known as the tarsal bones in the rearfoot, the metatarsal bones in the midfoot, and the phalanges in the toes. They work in harmony, forming arches and joints that provide flexibility and support. Complementing this skeletal framework are over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These intricate networks of tissues are responsible for the precise movements of our feet, enabling us to shift our weight, maintain balance, and perform various tasks with finesse. From the powerful calf muscles that control plantarflexion to the intrinsic muscles of the feet that fine-tune our movements, this symphony of bones and muscles ensures that our feet are not just sturdy and resilient but also incredibly versatile. It is enlightening to pause for a moment as a step is taken, which may help to appreciate the intricate biomechanics at play within your feet, allowing you to navigate the world with grace and ease. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting facts about foot structure.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. 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 Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2023 00:00

Keep Your Feet Healthy So You Can Stay Active

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Cracked heels can be both painful and unsightly, but with some simple care and attention, you can prevent and heal them. The key to healthy heels lies in consistent and gentle care. This can begin by moisturizing your feet daily, especially after a warm shower or bath. Opt for a thick, hydrating foot cream or petroleum jelly which can help to lock in moisture. Exfoliating regularly by using a pumice stone or foot scrub can help to remove dead skin, but make sure to be gentle to avoid further irritation. Wearing well-fitting shoes with proper arch support is essential. Avoid walking barefoot or wearing non-supportive footwear. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated can help to nourish your skin from within. By following these gentle steps, you can keep your heels soft, smooth, and free from painful cracks. For severe cases of cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for professional guidance. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

How to Safeguard Your Home From Falls

Our homes are our sanctuaries, places of comfort and security. However, they can also harbor hidden hazards that pose risks of falls, especially for children and older adults. Safeguarding your home from falls is essential for ensuring the well-being of your family. Effective fall prevention techniques can begin with good lighting. Adequate illumination in hallways, staircases, and entryways helps everyone navigate safely. Placing non-slip mats and rugs can prevent slipping on slick surfaces, such as bathroom tiles or hardwood floors. Installing handrails on staircases and in bathrooms can help to provide support, especially for those with mobility issues. Keeping walkways clear of clutter and making sure cords and cables are neatly tucked away may help to avoid tripping. Additionally, it is beneficial to regularly check and maintain the condition of flooring and stairs, and repair any loose or damaged areas promptly. By implementing these measures, you can create a safe haven, free from fall-related risks in your home. Falling can affect the feet, possibly causing daily activities to be compromised. If you would like additional information about effective fall prevention strategies, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Harnessing MLS Therapy for Peroneal Pain Relief

Peroneal pain is a common challenge arising from injuries or strain to the lower leg and foot peroneal muscles, often disrupting mobility and well-being. Multiwave Locked System, abbreviated MLS therapy is a groundbreaking technique that offers relief from this discomfort. MLS therapy addresses peroneal pain thoroughly by utilizing synchronized wavelengths of laser light. The continuous wavelength triggers the release of natural pain relievers, swiftly alleviating discomfort, while the pulsed wavelength encourages cellular repair and diminishes inflammation. This dual-pronged approach not only provides relief but also accelerates healing, enabling individuals to regain their stride sooner. The non-invasive nature of MLS therapy ensures minimal disruption to daily life, making it an attractive relief option for peroneal pain. If you have this type of pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if this treatment is right for you.

MLS Laser Therapy is a successful alternative for treating any pain you may be experiencing related to certain podiatric conditions.  If you are interested in MLS Laser Therapy, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

MLS Laser Therapy

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is a patented, FDA-cleared technology that helps relieve pain and inflammation from a number of podiatric conditions, including:

  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wounds
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuromas

MLS Laser Therapy is an ideal alternative to surgery and prescription medication, as it has no negative side effects and encourages accelerated healing. Among its many clinical benefits, MLS Laser Therapy also:

  • Reduces swelling due to bruising or inflammation
  • Blocks pain
  • Reduces formation of scar tissue
  • Improves nerve function

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

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