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Orthotic design plays a pivotal role in managing various foot problems, ranging from ankle issues to functional impairments and total contact needs. Ankle orthotics are specifically crafted to provide stability and support commonly used for conditions like ankle sprains or instability. Functional orthotics aim to correct biomechanical abnormalities, such as overpronation or supination, by realigning the foot and ankle joints during movement. These orthotics often incorporate features like arch support and heel cups to enhance stability and reduce strain. For individuals requiring total contact orthotics, the design focuses on evenly distributing pressure across the entire foot surface, important for conditions like diabetic foot ulcers. These orthotics are meticulously crafted to conform to the foot's contours, minimizing pressure points and promoting healing. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss how customized orthotics can increase your comfort, support, and overall foot health.

Discover relief from persistent foot pain with custom orthotics and shoe inserts. If you’re battling heel pain, these personalized solutions offer targeted support, addressing the root causes of discomfort. Customized to your unique biomechanics, these inserts provide stability, alleviating both heel and foot pain. Say goodbye to the agony of every step and hello to a life free from constant foot pain. Invest in your well-being with custom orthotics or shoe inserts ensuring your feet receive the care they deserve. Step confidently, step comfortably – because a pain-free journey begins with the right support. 

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 April 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Viral and Plantar Warts

Viral and plantar warts are two foot conditions caused by the human papilloma-virus, abbreviated HPV. Viral warts, also known as common warts, typically appear as small, raised bumps with a rough texture on the surface of the skin. These warts can develop anywhere on the foot but are commonly found on pressure points like the heels or balls of the feet. Conversely, plantar warts specifically affect the soles of the feet, often appearing flat with a thickened callus-like texture and tiny black dots, known as wart seeds, within them. Both types of warts are contagious and can spread through direct contact or by walking barefoot in public areas like swimming pools or gym locker rooms. While viral and plantar warts are generally harmless and may resolve on their own over time, some cases may require specialized treatment to alleviate discomfort and prevent further spread. If you have developed warts on your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat them.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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, 02 April 2024 00:00

The Definition of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, though less commonly known than other foot conditions, can cause significant discomfort and impairment for those affected. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, tarsal tunnel syndrome involves compression of the posterior tibial nerve as it passes through a narrow space in the ankle called the tarsal tunnel. This compression can result from various factors, including injury, inflammation, or underlying conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome may include burning pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the foot and ankle, often worsened by prolonged standing or walking. Left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage and functional limitations. Diagnosis typically involves a thorough physical examination, along with imaging studies like MRI or nerve conduction tests. Early recognition and intervention are critical for managing tarsal tunnel syndrome effectively and minimizing long-term consequences. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment solutions.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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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