Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Selecting the right running shoe involves considering several factors to ensure optimal support, comfort, and injury prevention. The first is your foot type, such as flat feet, high arches, or normal arches. You may also have a certain gait pattern, which is how your foot moves when you walk or run. Some people have feet that roll to the outside or inside, and certain shoes address this. Another consideration in choosing running shoes is the type of running you'll be doing. The right shoe should provide adequate cushioning to absorb impact, support tailored to your foot's arch type, and a comfortable fit for natural foot movement. Podiatrists can help you to understand all of the factors in this selection process. With their expertise in foot mechanics and conditions, podiatrists can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your feet to recommend shoes that match your needs. For example, they can conduct a gait analysis to recommend the right shoes for the way you walk. They can also identify any underlying issues that might affect your choice, such as pronation concerns or the need for custom orthotics. If you are in the market for new running shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to find shoes that will maintain your foot health and optimize your running performance.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dan Kirk, DPM from Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Fractures of the foot not only affect the bones but can also cause soft tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments, and skin surrounding them. These types of injuries often occur due to high-impact events like falls, sports accidents, or direct blows to the foot. The presence of soft tissue damage can significantly complicate the healing process, as it may lead to increased pain, swelling, and a prolonged recovery period. The treatment for such fractures typically involves more than just addressing the broken bone. It means the soft tissues need to be treated carefully to ensure proper healing. This might include putting the foot in a cast or boot, exercises to restore strength and flexibility, and possibly surgery to repair both the bone and soft tissues. The goal of treatment is to restore as much function as possible while minimizing the risk of long-term complications. Podiatrists can effectively treat foot fractures and soft tissue damage, and it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with this type of doctor if you have endured a foot fracture. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dan Kirk, DPM from Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a foot deformity where one or more toes bend abnormally at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. It often results from muscle imbalance, causing ligaments and tendons to become tight and toes to curl downward instead of lying flat. Common causes include wearing ill-fitting shoes, especially those with narrow toe boxes or high heels, which can crowd the toes and force them into unnatural positions. Additionally, genetics, trauma, and certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, can contribute to hammertoe development. Treatment options range from conservative measures to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Conservative approaches may involve wearing properly fitting shoes with a roomy toe box, using orthotic inserts or pads to relieve pressure, and performing toe exercises to strengthen muscles. In more severe cases, where pain persists or mobility is significantly affected, surgical correction may be recommended to realign the toes and restore normal function. If you have a hammertoe that is causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that is deemed appropriate for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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