Tuesday, 14 September 2021 00:00

As weight is being transferred from the heel to the forefoot when walking, the foot naturally rolls inwards resulting in what is referred to as pronation. If the foot rolls too far inwards, overpronation occurs. Overpronation can lead to a variety of overuse injuries, especially in runners, because of the additional stress placed on muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet, as well as the ankles and knees. Common injuries that can occur due to overpronation include plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tarsal tunnel syndrome, bunions, or Achilles tendonitis. Patients who believe that they may have an overpronated gait should consult with a podiatrist who will perform a gait analysis. Upon completing the gait analysis, a podiatrist will be able to offer a variety of treatment options, such as orthotics. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

A bunion is a bony bump located on the outside of the big toe. The bump may be swollen, red, and irritated due to friction as it rubs against your shoes. Bunions deform the feet, making the first metatarsal foot bone stick out and causing the big toe to point towards the other toes. Thick, hardened skin or calluses often form on the second toe and underneath the big toe. A bunion can also make it difficult to find comfortable shoes, as they change the structure of the feet. They can also cause pain and discomfort while walking or standing. Bunions tend to get worse without treatment, so if you have bunions, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist to stop or slow their progression and get the right treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of the podiatrists of Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

An ankle sprain occurs when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This can occur due to a sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle, and is especially common in people who participate in sports that involve a lot of running or jumping. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, stiffness, ankle joint instability, and difficulty bearing weight or walking. The severity of symptoms varies based on the extent of the injury. A mild grade 1 sprain usually means that a ligament is overstretched, while a grade 3 sprain is severe and indicates a torn ligament. If you have sprained your ankle, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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