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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Arachnodactyly of the Feet

Arachnodactyly, commonly known as spider fingers, is a condition that is characterized by unusually long and slender digits in the hands or feet. When this condition affects the feet, it results in notably elongated and thin toes. It is often an inherited condition and can be a standalone feature or part of a broader genetic disorder, such as Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. These syndromes involve connective tissue disorders that can lead to a range of physical abnormalities, including arachnodactyly. In the context of foot health, arachnodactyly can sometimes cause discomfort or difficulty in finding properly fitting footwear. While the condition primarily affects the appearance of the feet, it typically does not impair foot function or mobility. However, it can be associated with other foot-related issues, if part of a broader syndrome. Management of arachnodactyly primarily involves addressing any associated conditions and wearing comfortable and supportive footwear. If you have this condition, it is strongly suggested that you have regular appointments with a podiatrist for monitoring.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Best Foot Forward. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Runners and Plantar Fasciitis

Running enthusiasts often face the challenge of foot and ankle injuries, with plantar fasciitis being a common adversary, constituting approximately 25% of running-related issues. This condition involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue, the plantar fascia, connecting the heel bone to the toes. To mitigate the risk of plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle injuries, careful consideration of footwear is essential. Choose running shoes with proper arch support and cushioning, as inadequate footwear contributes significantly to plantar fasciitis. Regularly replacing shoes is also needed to maintain their effectiveness. Further, gradual progression in running intensity or distance is vital, as abrupt increases can strain the plantar fascia and lead to injury. Incorporating a pre-run stretching routine targeting the calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia enhances flexibility, reducing the likelihood of injuries. Equally important is a focus on foot strengthening exercises, such as toe curls and resistance band exercises, which contribute to better support and reduce the overall risk of foot and ankle issues. By understanding and addressing these factors, runners can take proactive steps to keep their feet pain-free, ensuring a sustained and enjoyable running experience. If persistent discomfort arises, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized guidance on managing plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Best Foot Forward. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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As the temperatures plummet and the outside environment becomes frosty, safeguarding your feet during outdoor work is paramount. Wearing proper footwear is the frontline defense against the biting cold. Choose insulated, waterproof boots that shield your feet from moisture and provide thermal protection. Layering socks is an effective strategy, ensuring warmth without compromising circulation. Choose moisture-wicking materials to prevent sweat accumulation, as dampness can intensify the cold. Additionally, ensure your boots are breathable to discourage moisture buildup. Regular breaks offer an opportunity to warm up and restore circulation. Invest in quality, insulated insoles to add an extra layer of warmth and comfort. Be mindful of frostbite warning signs, such as numbness or tingling, and promptly address any discomfort. Prioritize foot hygiene to prevent issues like frostbite and trench foot. If you are seeking additional tips on foot protection while working during the winter months, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Best Foot Forward. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 07 December 2023 00:00

We Can Treat Your Foot or Ankle Pain

Foot or ankle pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life and can occur due to several different conditions. Pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition, which is why you should seek professional help as soon as you notice any abnormalities in your feet.

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Treating Your Child’s In-Toeing

Most people's feet typically point straight ahead or outward, but some children develop a condition known as in-toeing, where the feet point inward which is often referred to as pigeon toes. In-toeing is a common phenomenon in young children, and while it often corrects itself with time, some cases require attention and treatment, based on the underlying cause. Internal tibial torsion is one cause of in-toeing, and most doctors refrain from prescribing treatment for young children with this condition. Braces and special shoes are generally ineffective and rarely used due to their expense and children's reluctance to wear them. Surgical correction is only considered in cases where the twist in the tibia is severe and appearance becomes a concern. Excess femoral anteversion, another cause of in-toeing, typically improves on its own as children age. Braces or shoe modifications are generally not effective, and surgery is only considered in very severe cases where the inward twist of the thigh bone is significant. Metatarsus adductus, characterized by a curved foot shape, may involve stretching exercises or the use of casts or braces for more severe cases. Fortunately, any residual curvature post-treatment does not impede a child's ability to run and play, and it is not painful. If your child’s in-toeing seems to be problematic, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Best Foot Forward. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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