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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

The foot's three arches, which are often overlooked, sustain you in daily activities. The medial and lateral longitudinal arches and the anterior transverse arch function as a resilient spring, absorbing shock and supporting our weight during movement. This function depends on composition of tarsal and metatarsal bones bolstered by ligaments and tendons. The trio of foot arches, which are essential for walking and sprinting, optimize energy efficiency. The medial arch, taller and more elastic, owes its resilience to its structural makeup and supporting network. In contrast, the flatter and sturdier lateral arch relies on robust ligaments and muscles for stability. Together, they form the longitudinal arch, essential for balance and force distribution. Complementing these are the transverse arches, fortifying the foot's stability. Issues like low or high arches can lead to discomfort and conditions like heel pain or plantar fasciitis. If you are experiencing discomfort in the arch of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks from Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Monday, 17 June 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Unlike osteoarthritis in other joints, ankle arthritis typically develops following a previous ankle injury, often years or even decades later, with about 95 percent of cases attributed to past traumas. Excess weight and repetitive high-impact stress further can affect osteoarthritis of the ankle, highlighting the importance of lifestyle modifications and weight management strategies. Ankle cartilage, being half the thickness of knee cartilage, is more susceptible to forces, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis development. Additionally, individuals diagnosed with ankle osteoarthritis are typically younger than those diagnosed with the same condition in other joints. Further, it may progress more rapidly to end-stage disease, potentially affecting other joints as they compensate for ankle instability. Diagnosis often requires advanced imaging techniques, such as MRI scans to accurately assess ligament and cartilage damage. Relief techniques can include low-impact exercise, weight management, supportive footwear, and medications. In severe cases, surgery may be considered. If you are experiencing persistent ankle pain or have a history of ankle injuries, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment options. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks from Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oceanside, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 June 2024 00:00

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.

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