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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Idiopathic toe walking, as it's called, occurs when a child continues to favor their toes for walking or running. This behavior, if left unchecked, can lead to tight calf muscles and decreased ankle movement. However, there are methods to address toe walking effectively. For children under six, treatment may involve calf stretches, Achilles tendon stretches, and sit-to-stand exercises. Older children may benefit from calf stretches, marching in place, and walking uphill. Other exercises include walking on uneven surfaces, heel walking, and squats. These aim to stretch and strengthen the calf muscles, while promoting a heel-to-toe walking pattern. It is important for parents to identify toe walking early to prevent potential complications, such as muscle tightness and weakness. If your child exhibits persistent toe walking beyond three years of age, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can assess the extent of your child's condition, and provide recommendations tailored to their specific needs. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, present a common yet often misunderstood condition affecting the structure of the foot. Characterized by a low or absent arch, this condition can lead to discomfort and even pain during activities like walking or standing for extended periods. Understanding flat feet begins with recognizing the impact they can have on one's overall foot health and mobility. Without a proper arch, the foot may not absorb shock efficiently, potentially leading to issues such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Additionally, individuals with flat feet may experience instability, affecting their balance and posture. It is important to acknowledge that flat feet can develop at any age and may be influenced by factors such as genetics, injury, or certain medical conditions. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and management tips.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a frequent issue for tennis players. The sport involves intense footwork, with quick lateral movements and repetitive impact. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two of the most common conditions for heel pain in tennis players. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, becomes strained and irritated from continuous activity. Heel spurs are bony growths on the heel bone and often develop in response to the chronic strain, pulling, and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Symptoms typically include a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel, especially noticeable during the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. To manage and treat these conditions, tennis players may be advised to wear shoes with adequate cushioning and support, engage in proper warm-up and stretching exercises before playing, and incorporate rest days into their training schedules. It is important to get appropriate treatment for these conditions to prevent them from worsening. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can suggest specialized treatments such as custom orthotics, targeted stretching, or even corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain and prevent further injury. If you are a tennis player with heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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