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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Various Types of Corns on the Feet

Corns, small and often painful thickened areas of skin, can manifest in different forms on the feet, causing discomfort and irritation. Hard corns typically develop on the top or sides of toes, forming dense and compact layers of dead skin. Soft corns thrive in moist areas between toes, adopting a softer texture due to increased hydration. Seed corns are tiny, often painless corns found on weight-bearing areas on the bottom of the feet. Vascular corns, appearing as a dark spot with tiny blood vessels, are less common but can be more painful. Understanding these distinct types of corns aids in their proper identification and subsequent management. A podiatrist can successfully treat any type of corn that may have developed. If you have a corn on your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer effective remedies and prevention techniques.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

A Guide to Effective Foot Stretches

Promoting overall well-being involves not only physical exercise but also caring for often-neglected areas like the feet. Incorporating effective foot stretches into your routine can contribute significantly to flexibility and foot health. Begin with a simple toe stretch by sitting back on your heels and gently pressing the toes into the ground, providing a soothing stretch for the foot arches. Additionally, calf stretches can be achieved by propping the ball of your foot against a wall and leaning forward. To relieve tension in the ankles, rotate them clockwise and counterclockwise while seated. Finally, the classic seated forward bend can also benefit your feet by stretching the Achilles tendon. These stretches, performed consistently, enhance circulation, reduce stiffness, and contribute to overall foot comfort. If you would like more information about what type of foot stretches to perform, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet 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.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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, 16 January 2024 00:00

Understanding Foot Stress Fractures

A foot stress fracture, a microscopic crack in a bone, can bring discomfort and disruption to one's daily activities. Typically caused by repetitive stress and overuse, these fractures often occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals. These bones often endure more force than they can handle, leading to tiny cracks that, when compounded over time, manifest as stress fractures. Athletes engaging in high-impact activities, dancers, and military personnel are particularly susceptible due to the repetitive nature of their routines. Factors like sudden increases in activity intensity, improper footwear, or inadequate recovery periods can elevate the risk. Early recognition of symptoms such as localized pain, swelling, and tenderness is essential for timely intervention. Adopting preventive measures, such as a gradual increase in activity levels, and incorporating rest into routines can significantly decrease the risk of foot stress fractures. If you have developed a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer the treatment method that is right for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, 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.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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Sunday, 14 January 2024 00:00

Custom-Made Sports Orthotics

Orthotics are believed to help prevent sports-related injuries. One of the main roles of wearing orthotics is to reduce the work the muscles must do. When people move, their muscles have a preferred path, and if orthotics supports or counteracts this path, it can change how much the muscles need to work. The aim of orthotics is to minimize muscle effort while maximizing comfort and performance. If you participate in sports activities and experience any foot or ankle problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine whether custom-made orthotics are appropriate for you.

If you’re experiencing foot discomfort, have a history of foot and ankle injuries, or are interested in exploring Custom orthotics, don’t hesitate to contact one of our podiatrists at Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors is dedicated to offering the care required to help you remain pain-free and stay on your feet. 

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics refer to custom inserts designed for placement in different shoe types, including athletic and formal footwear, with the purpose of alleviating a spectrum of foot-related problems such as flat feet, heel pain, and overall foot discomfort. These inserts are instrumental in providing relief and comfort for a diverse range of foot conditions, including heel pain, and can also act as a proactive approach to injury prevention. 

Medical Grade Shoe Inserts: 

A diverse array of shoe inserts is available for addressing foot pain, heel discomfort, and minor issues. For instance, you can place arch supports in your shoes to rectify overarched or flat feet, and gel and cushioned insoles are frequently chosen for the comfort and relief they provide from foot and heel pain by reducing pressure. 

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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Wednesday, 10 January 2024 00:00

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.

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Common Causes of Blisters in Runners

Running is an exhilarating pursuit, but for many avid runners, the nagging presence of blisters can turn each stride into a painful ordeal. Blisters are pockets of clear fluid that form on the feet and toes but are largely preventable with the right precautions. These bubbles arise from the friction and heat generated during running. The body's response is the formation of a protective fluid bubble between layers of skin, in an effort to prevent further harm. Blisters are characterized by clear liquid-filled bubbles, occasional redness, or bruising. They can even form beneath toenails, potentially resulting in black toenails if they burst. The primary causes of running blisters are improper shoe fit and wet running conditions. Ill-fitting shoes, whether too large or too tight, create friction, leading to these blister formations. Running in wet conditions simply compounds the issue. Rain, mud, or snow softens the skin, while the heat and sweat produced during running create a humid environment inside the shoe. This supplies a perfect environment for blisters. Neglecting proper care of blisters can increase pain and risk of infection. If you have persistent problems with blisters from running or have one that has become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. 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 are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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, 02 January 2024 00:00

Reasons for Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet are a common companion to the miraculous journey of pregnancy, stemming from a combination of physiological changes and increased demands on the circulatory system. As the body nurtures a growing life within, blood volume surges, causing fluid retention in various tissues, including the feet. Hormonal shifts play a pivotal role, promoting relaxation of blood vessels and allowing for increased fluid accumulation. The expanding uterus exerts pressure on major blood vessels, hindering efficient circulation and contributing to swelling in the lower extremities. Prolonged standing or sitting can exacerbate this swelling, emphasizing the importance of regular movement and elevation of the feet. While edema during pregnancy is typically benign, it is essential to distinguish it from conditions like preeclampsia. If your feet become swollen during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief methods.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the 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 needs.

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