Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

The human foot is a marvel of engineering, comprising a complex interplay of bones, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels that work seamlessly to support our weight, absorb shock, and propel us forward. At the heart of this structure lies the arch, which acts as a natural shock absorber, distributing forces evenly as we walk, run, or stand. Supporting the arch are muscles and ligaments that form a dynamic system, constantly adjusting to maintain balance and stability. Meanwhile, the toes play a vital role in balance and propelling us forward, while gripping the ground with each step and helping us navigate uneven terrain. Beneath the surface, a network of blood vessels ensures adequate oxygen and nutrients reach the tissues, supporting their function and repair. Foot pain can happen for a variety of reasons, and it may be connected to a mishap or a foot deformity. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who is an expert in treating such conditions.

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.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails are a painful condition where the side or corner of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. This often leads to pain, swelling, and sometimes infection, especially in the big toe. It is important to use proper techniques to prevent the formation of an ingrown toenail. Always trim your toenails dry to avoid bending or tearing them, and cut them straight across rather than rounding the edges. This prevents the nail from digging into the skin as it grows. Avoid trimming cuticles, as they act as barriers against infection, and use appropriate tools like manicure scissors or dedicated toenail clippers. It is also important to have separate clippers for your fingers and toes to prevent cross-contamination. If you have diabetes or another condition that impairs blood flow to your feet, you are at a higher risk of complications from ingrown toenails. Therefore, extra caution is warranted. Regularly practicing these proper nail care habits can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails. However, if you experience severe pain, swelling, or signs of infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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, 28 May 2024 00:00

Bunions, a foot deformity characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, can cause significant discomfort and hinder mobility. While surgical intervention may be necessary in severe cases, incorporating targeted exercises into your routine can help alleviate bunion pain and improve foot function. Toe stretches, where you manually stretch your toes apart and hold for several seconds, can help relieve tension and improve flexibility in the toe joints. Additionally, toe curls using a towel or resistance band can strengthen the muscles that support the arch of the foot, providing better stability and reducing strain on the bunion. Furthermore, exercises, such as toe scrunches and marble pickups, that focus on strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles can help redistribute pressure away from the bunion and promote proper alignment. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Podiatrists play a key role when it comes to managing and preventing foot-related complications in diabetes patients. Foot issues are a common occurrence in diabetics, due to the poor blood circulation and nerve damage, or neuropathy, that often accompany the disease. Podiatrists specialize in early detection and treatment of potential foot problems like ulcers, infections, and structural issues. This makes regular check-ups with podiatrists important for someone who is at risk for these issues. During visits, a podiatrist will conduct comprehensive foot exams to look for signs of decreased circulation, changes in foot structure, or nerve damage. This foot doctor can provide guidance on proper foot care practices, such as how to safely trim nails and avoid injuries. Podiatrists may also recommend appropriate footwear to prevent pressure sores and injuries. Additionally, podiatrists can treat any current foot problems to prevent them from escalating into more serious conditions that could lead to amputation. By closely monitoring the health of a diabetic's feet, podiatrists help maintain mobility and prevent life-threatening complications. If you are at risk for foot complications due to diabetes, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your regular care team. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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