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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Pickleball Foot and Common Foot Injuries

Pickleball, a fast-growing racquet sport, is loved for its accessibility and friendly competition. However, the rapid lateral movements and frequent stops and starts can take a toll on your feet, leading to a variety of injuries. Ankle sprains are perhaps the most common, often resulting from quick direction changes or missteps. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain, can arise due to the constant motion and stress on the arches. Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis, are also prevalent, typically affecting the Achilles tendon or the tendons in the foot. Wearing improper footwear, especially shoes without adequate arch support or cushioning, can exacerbate these problems. To enjoy pickleball safely, it is vital to prioritize injury prevention, which can range from Investing in quality court shoes and practicing proper warm-ups. If you are interested in pursuing pickleball, prior to playing, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist, who can advise you on additional injury prevention strategies.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Foot orthotics, whether over-the-counter or custom-made, are specialized insoles designed to address various foot and gait-related issues. They work by correcting imbalances in foot structure and gait, improving posture, and relieving pain through support and pressure redistribution. Custom orthotics, which are molded to the individual's foot shape, offer a personalized fit ideal for specific alignment problems, pathologies, or deformities. They aid in healing by reducing strain on injured areas and can prevent conditions like stress fractures, tendonitis, and tendon rupture. Orthotics also provide cushioning, shock absorption, and enhanced stability, thereby reducing the risk of falls. Athletes can benefit from custom foot orthotics by improving foot support, limiting shock, and reducing tendon stress. This can enhance performance while minimizing injury risk. Over-the-counter insoles may offer basic comfort but lack the effectiveness of custom orthotics. This makes custom orthotics the preferred choice for those with unique foot-related needs. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure the proper fit and function of orthotics tailored to your individual foot needs.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Foot blisters are a common issue, particularly among athletes and active individuals. These fluid-filled sacs typically form due to friction and pressure, often caused by ill-fitting shoes or repetitive movements. Moisture and heat can exacerbate the problem, making the feet more susceptible to blisters. When it comes to treatment, the first step is to keep the area clean to prevent infection. Refrain from popping the blister, as the fluid acts as a natural barrier that promotes healing. Cover the blister with a sterile bandage or moleskin to reduce friction. If the blister does burst, clean it gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it. Wearing well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks and properly-sized shoes can help prevent future blisters. Using blister pads or bandages on areas prone to friction can also reduce the risk. Ultimately, taking steps to minimize friction and maintaining good foot hygiene can go a long way in preventing and treating foot blisters effectively. If you have discomfort from foot blisters, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Morning Heel Pain

Morning heel pain can have several underlying causes. One of the most common culprits is plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the broad band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This results in sharp or stabbing pain in the heel that tends to be most intense in the morning. Another source is Achilles tendonitis, which is the inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It can be caused by tight calf muscles or overuse. Morning heel pain has also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes Inflammation in the foot joints and results in stiffness and discomfort, especially after periods of rest. A stress fracture in the heel bone may also be responsible for morning discomfort. These hairline fractures can cause localized pain that becomes more noticeable when you first put weight on your feet in the morning. Lastly, aging can contribute to morning heel pain, as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments lose some of their flexibility and resilience. If you're experiencing morning heel pain, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose the cause and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Heel pain in children should never be casually dismissed, as it could be a potential sign of a condition known as Sever's disease. It is common among active youngsters and adolescents, especially those involved in sports. Sever's disease, medically known as calcaneal apophysitis, involves the growth plate within the heel bone and typically emerges in children aged between 8 and 15 years old. Repeated stress placed on the heel due to activities such as running, jumping, and participation in various sports can trigger this ailment. It is characterized by irritation and inflammation in the heel that results in pain. If your child experiences such pain during or after physical activities, or if you observe them limping or favoring tiptoe walking, it may indicate Sever’s disease. Swelling and tenderness in the heel area may also accompany these symptoms. Treatment involves a combination of rest, gentle stretching exercises, and, in some cases, the use of orthotics or specialized shoe inserts. Ignoring heel pain in children can lead to more severe complications or long-term discomfort. For an evaluation, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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