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September 2022

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Running and Orthotics

If you run, you may experience pain at times. Whether you have high or low arches, issues with your feet can impact how your feet feel after a run. If this is true for you, you may benefit from wearing orthotics. Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses, are shoe inserts used to counteract improper biomechanics of the feet during walking, running, and other activities while standing on the feet. There are over the counter (OTC) orthotics or specialized custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are generally made from soft, pliable material but some are made of more rigid materials, like plastic or graphite to keep feet firm and stable. Orthotics might help if one has flat feet to help with cushioning of the impact of the foot hitting the ground. They might also help provide heel support and relieve other injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or runner’s knee. Since orthotics work with the biomechanics of feet, they will likely help prevent future foot injuries as well. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you run and want to find out if orthotics can help keep you more comfortable. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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There are specific bones in the body that are unique because they do not use joints to connect to the other bones. These bones are referred to as sesamoid bones, and tendons are used to connect these bones to other bones in the body. Additionally, they can be found inside muscles. The sesamoid bones help to support the body, and sesamoiditis can happen when the adjoining tendons become inflamed and irritated. It is a common injury among ballet dancers, and this is a result of the style of dancing they pursue. Sesamoiditis may also affect baseball catchers and runners, and this can be a result of the pressure that is placed on the feet. People who are afflicted with this condition may find it difficult to straighten or bend the big toe, and it may be accompanied by swelling and pain on the sole. Treatment often starts with stopping the activity that caused the condition, and it can be beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly. If you feel you may have sesamoiditis, it is urgent that you contact a podiatrist who can help you to manage this ailment.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

Four Categories of Neuropathy

A malfunction of the nerves is a condition that is referred to as neuropathy. This can happen as a result of having a specific disease, or from enduring an injury. Research has indicated that neuropathy is divided into four categories. Peripheral neuropathy generally affects the nerves that are part of the peripheral nervous system, and are located outside of the brain and spinal cord. The nerves that exit from the brain are referred to as the cranial nerves. Cranial neuropathy can happen when one of these 12 nerves become damaged. The most common types of this type of neuropathy are optic and auditory. If one of the nerves in the involuntary nervous system becomes damaged, this is known as autonomic neuropathy. Digestion, sexual response, and perspiration are governed by this set of nerves, and may affect nerves in other organs. When one nerve or one group of nerves are affected, it is known as focal neuropathy, and this is seen in one area of the body. There are existing medical conditions that can cause neuropathy, and can be common among diabetic patients. This can have a negative effect on the feet, and it may cause difficulty in feeling any cuts, bruises, or scrapes that have happened. If you have neuropathy, and have difficulty in feeling sensations in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you to manage this condition.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Differences Between Running and Walking Shoes

Running shoes and walking shoes have different purposes and, therefore, are built differently. Running shoes are lighter in weight in order to facilitate speed and feel light on the feet. They also have a stiffer sole, a thicker heel for support and cushioning, and motion control features built in to reduce pronation and unbridled foot motions. Walking shoes provide arch support. They are generally heavier and offer more cushioning, however, heels should not be as thick as running shoes and soles should be more flexible and bendable. A podiatrist can offer additional advice on specific features you should look for in either a running or walking shoe, based on your individual feet, your gait or running stride, and to help address any biomechanical, structural, or alignment issues you may have. 


 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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

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