Assessing Foot Health

Foot assessment is a fundamental tool in classifying foot types and identifying potential problems. By analyzing the position of the foot at rest and during dynamic movement, podiatrists can infer dynamic foot function and identify abnormalities. Radiologic evaluations serve as the gold standard for assessing foot structure and alignment, providing detailed insight into bone structure and joint alignment. Podiatrists assess feet and conduct thorough evaluations, interpret radiographic findings, and develop tailored treatment plans. Through a combination of physical examination, gait analysis, and imaging techniques, podiatrists can identify conditions such as flat feet, high arches, bunions, and stress fractures, among others. If you would like to understand how your foot structure may be causing your foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this foot doctor for a consultation.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors 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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Managing Aging Feet

As individuals age, various changes occur in the feet that can affect mobility and comfort. Reduced flexibility, decreased muscle mass, and thinning fat pads are common occurrences. These changes can lead to issues such as stiffness, difficulty walking, and increased risk of foot injuries. To mitigate these effects, incorporating foot exercises, stretching routines, and maintaining a healthy weight can help preserve foot health and function. Wearing supportive footwear with cushioning and adequate arch support can also alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of developing foot problems. Consulting a podiatrist is beneficial for personalized foot care as this medically trained foot doctor can provide tailored recommendations and interventions. If you are experiencing foot problems due to aging, and want to preserve the health of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an assessment and advice on how to best care for your feet.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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Taking Care of Children’s Feet

Children's feet undergo significant changes as they grow, making proper shoe selection an important consideration. Typically, infants' feet are soft and pliable, with bones gradually forming over time. They usually start walking between nine and 18 months, signaling the need for wearing supportive shoes to protect their delicate feet. As they grow, their feet require shoes with adequate room for movement and growth, typically needing replacements every few months to accommodate size changes. Parents should watch for signs such as blisters, redness, or complaints of discomfort, indicating that shoes may be too small. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can help address any developmental concerns, such as flat feet or gait abnormalities, ensuring healthy foot development. If you have an infant, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation on proper foot care and footwear to set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy walking and foot function.

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 Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. 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.

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How Freiberg's Disease Affects Teens

Freiberg's disease is characterized by cartilage degeneration in the lesser metatarsal heads of the feet, notably affecting adolescent females, though it can occur in both genders later in life. The condition primarily involves the second and third metatarsals. While the exact cause remains unclear, vascular problems, genetic predisposition, and altered biomechanics are common causes. Diagnosis by a podiatrist includes clinical evaluation and imaging confirmation. In many cases X-rays show normal bone formation in early stages and flattened, fragmented metatarsal heads as the disease progresses. Treatment focuses on relieving foot pressure and may involve nonoperative measures such as activity modification and custom orthotic support. Surgical interventions are considered for advanced cases. Outcomes for Freiberg’s disease from both nonoperative and operative management are generally favorable, allowing most patients to resume previous activities. To find out what may be causing metatarsal foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. 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.

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Possible Causes of Sudden Ankle Pain

Sudden ankle pain can stem from various health conditions or injuries. Arthritis, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, may cause inflammation and pain in the ankle joint. Lupus, an autoimmune disease, can also lead to joint pain, including in the ankles. Gout, characterized by sudden and severe pain due to uric acid buildup, may affect the ankle joint. Bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs around joints, can cause ankle pain and swelling. Fallen arches may result in strain and discomfort in the ankle area. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can cause pain at the back of the ankle. Infections, such as cellulitis or osteomyelitis, can lead to sudden onset ankle pain and swelling if the ankle is affected. Diagnosing ankle pain typically involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, blood tests, and sometimes joint aspiration to determine the underlying cause accurately. If you experience sudden ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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Education Requirements for Podiatrists

Becoming a podiatrist involves rigorous educational pursuits to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for foot and ankle care. Aspiring podiatrists typically embark on a journey that includes undergraduate studies, followed by enrollment in a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM program, accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, abbreviated CPME. These programs, spanning four years, encompass coursework in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and podiatric medicine, supplemented by clinical rotations and hands-on training in podiatric clinics and hospitals. Upon completing the DPM program, aspiring podiatrists undertake postgraduate training through residency programs, where they gain specialized experience in podiatric surgery, wound care, sports medicine, and other facets of foot and ankle care. Obtaining state licensure requires successful completion of national and state board examinations, ensuring competency and adherence to professional standards. Continuous education and professional development are integral to the practice of podiatry, as practitioners stay abreast of advancements and best practices to deliver quality care to their patients. If you are interested in pursuing the field of podiatry, it is suggested that you speak to this type of doctor who can answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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Understanding What Bunions Are

A bunion, medically known as hallux valgus, is a common foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It appears as a bony bump on the side of the foot, causing the big toe to bend inward toward the lesser toes. Bunions develop gradually over time due to various factors, including genetics, foot structure, and footwear choices. Wearing tight, narrow shoes and high heels can accelerate the condition by putting pressure on the toes and forcing them out of alignment. As the bunion progresses, individuals may experience pain, swelling, redness, and restricted movement in the affected toe. Bunions can interfere with daily activities and affect overall foot function. It is suggested that you seek professional advice from a podiatrist for an exam. This medically trained foot doctor can offer treatment options that can help to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Diabetes-Related Foot Problems

Foot problems are a common complication of diabetes, primarily stemming from a loss of protective sensation, or LOPS, and peripheral artery disease, or PAD. The loss of feeling in the feet results from nerve damage, which can make a patient unaware of injuries. Undetected blisters or sores increase the risk of infections and complications, and may lead to ulcers. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist are essential for a diabetic experiencing either LOPS or PAD. Prevention strategies include wearing well-fitting shoes, checking for foreign objects in shoes, and being cautious of extreme temperatures. It is important to note that peripheral artery disease decreases blood flow to the feet, which results in pain, slow wound healing, and an elevated risk of foot ulcers and amputation. A podiatrist can assess blood flow to the feet to detect PAD early, which allows for prompt management. If you are diabetic and experience numbness and slow-healing wounds, it is suggested that you make regular visits to a podiatrist. 

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 one of our podiatrists from Greater Boston Foot Care, PLLC. Our doctors 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.

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