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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Serious Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain is a common issue due to the complexity of this body region, which comprises 26 bones, 33 joints, and various soft tissues. The majority of pain in these areas is temporary, often resulting from soft tissue injuries such as sprains or strains. While these injuries typically heal gradually, some cases may take months to fully recover. However, if the pain persists, worsens, or does not improve after a few months, it may indicate more serious issues. Long-term foot or ankle pain could be caused by factors such as wearing ill-fitting footwear, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, or connective tissue diseases. Additionally, poor blood circulation or nerve damage may cause foot pain. In these instances, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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, 19 December 2023 00:00

The Brannock Device and Podiatry

In the world of podiatry, the Brannock device stands as an indispensable tool, forging a vital connection between podiatrists and accurate foot measurements. This device, designed with precision and ergonomic considerations, facilitates the podiatrist's ability to assess the unique characteristics of an individual's feet. Serving as more than just a sizing tool in retail, the Brannock device aids podiatrists in diagnosing and addressing various foot-related conditions. Podiatrists leverage the Brannock device to gather critical data on foot length, width, and arch structure, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of a patient's foot anatomy. This nuanced information guides the podiatrist in recommending appropriate footwear, orthotic interventions, or customized treatment plans tailored to the individual's specific foot structure. The Brannock device, with its meticulous measurements, not only enhances the accuracy of diagnosis but also plays a pivotal role in advancing personalized and effective podiatric care. It is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can show you how the Brannock device can determine what your correct shoe size is.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

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, 12 December 2023 00:00

The Function of the Sesamoid Bones in the Feet

Sesamoid bones are tiny bones that are found near joints within muscles or tendons. They act like pulleys to reduce stress on these muscle-tendon areas. Unlike regular bones that connect at joints, sesamoid bones connect to muscles using tendons. The word sesamoid comes from the Arabic word sesamum, which means sesame, because they are small like sesame seeds. These bones are often in the foot, hand, and wrist. Sesamoid bones usually develop due to extra strain on muscles and tendons. Their main job is to ease tension in muscles and tendons, making them better at carrying weight and more resilient by distributing it evenly. This helps protect these various parts of the body from getting too strained or injured. Even though they are small, sesamoid bones are vital in how our bodies work. If you have pain in your feet corresponding to the location of these bones, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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 needs.

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Sunday, 10 December 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Friday, 08 December 2023 00:00

How Custom-Made Orthotics Can Help You

Custom-made orthotics are specialized devices designed to support and improve the function of the feet and lower limbs, offering a personalized solution for individuals with various lower limb problems. These devices are meticulously crafted based on an individual's unique foot structure and specific health needs, providing targeted support where it is most needed. They work by aligning the foot and ankle into their most anatomically efficient position, thereby alleviating stress and strain on the lower limbs. This tailored approach can significantly help in managing conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and arthritis, as well as in alleviating discomfort caused by long periods of standing or walking. By improving foot mechanics, custom orthotics not only address immediate pain and discomfort but also aid in preventing future musculoskeletal issues. They are often recommended by podiatrists, as a key component in a comprehensive treatment plan for lower limb ailments. If you would like to learn how custom-made orthotics can help you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today.

If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet and would like to try custom 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 Custom Orthotics?

Custom 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. 

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Shoe inserts come in a wide variety and 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, custom 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're experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibility of using custom orthotics or shoe inserts. A podiatrist can determine which type of custom orthotic or shoe insert is right for you and help you take the first steps toward 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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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Podiatric Evaluation of Feet for Exercise

Podiatrists conduct thorough evaluations of feet to optimize exercise outcomes and prevent injuries. This process begins with a detailed assessment of the foot's structure, which includes examining the arch, toe alignment, and overall foot shape. This type of doctor pays close attention to any abnormalities or conditions like flat feet, high arches, or bunions that may impact exercise performance or lead to injury. Gait analysis is another critical aspect, where the podiatrist observes how a person walks and runs. This analysis helps identify any irregularities in foot movement that could cause problems during physical activities. A key part of the evaluation is understanding the individual's exercise routine, including the type of activities they engage in, and the frequency and intensity of these activities. This information, combined with the physical examination, enables the podiatrist to make personalized recommendations. These may include specific types of footwear, custom orthotics, or exercises to strengthen the foot and ankle. If you are exercising or embarking on a new exercise program, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for advice to enhance your comfort, improve performance, and reduce the risk of foot-related injuries during exercise.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, 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.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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 needs.

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