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Stephan J. LaPointe, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

How the Three Arches of the Foot Work

The foot contains three arches that work together to help you move. The system of arches is formed around the tarsal and metatarsal bones and is supported by ligaments and tendons. Two longitudinal arches run from the bottom of the toes on either side of the foot (medial and lateral) and meet at the heel. They are connected by the transverse arch, which runs across the metatarsals (long bones in the foot) just below the toes to form a triangle. This complex system works to put the spring in your step, by bearing the weight and absorbing the shock whenever you stand, walk, run, or jump. The two most common arch conditions are high arches (pes cavus) and flat feet (pes planus). A high arch is caused by an unusually high medial longitudinal arch, which runs along the inner side of the foot. Because it is too high, it is less able to absorb the shock of movement, which then puts stress on the ball and heel of the foot. This can result in pain that radiates to the ankle, leg, and thigh. Wearing custom orthotics and losing weight, can help reduce painful symptoms. Fallen arches, or flat feet, are caused by a lack of longitudinal arches. They may not have developed properly in the first place. Wearing shoes with arch supports usually handles the problem. For more treatment information about painful arch problems, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to discuss options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . 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 Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Did you know gout is a form of arthritis? It is known to cause severe pain and discomfort, and it is often difficult to walk. It can develop as a result of excess uric acid that forms in the joints of the big toe. This can happen due to genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have high levels of purines. These types of foods can include shellfish, red meat, or it may come from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. There may be existing medical conditions that can lead to the onset of gout, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disorders. The symptoms that many patients experience can be tender joints in the big toe, excruciating pain, and the affected area is often tender and hot. If you have symptoms of gout, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Saturday, 16 April 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

Who Is Prone to Developing Sesamoiditis?

There are two bones at the ball of the foot known as sesamoid bones.  They are found inside of a tendon or muscle underneath the joint in the big toe. These bones are necessary for controlling shock absorption, in addition to leveraging the big toe while walking or running. A sesamoid injury can produce inflammation surrounding the sesamoid bones and can develop from overuse of the foot. Research has indicated this is a common injury among ballet dancers, basketball athletes, and gymnasts. Many patients notice the pain that comes from sesamoiditis is dull and achy on the bottom of the foot. Symptoms that can accompany this condition may include swelling and bruising to the injured area, as well as pain and discomfort. Mild relief may be found when a cushioned shoe is worn, and it can help to wear a boot or shoes that have a hard sole. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose sesamoiditis and offer correct treatment options.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe of Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor 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 office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Diabetes, which is a disease caused by a blood sugar imbalance, can cause problems in parts of the body, most commonly the feet, ankles, and lower legs. The problem is reduced circulation, which keeps the blood from reaching these areas. This can damage the nerves (neuropathy) and can result in numbness, tingling, pain and other discomfort. It can also slow the healing process if you have sores or cuts on the foot or ankle, which may turn into ulcers and become infected. You can prevent more serious problems by taking time each day to wash and thoroughly dry your feet, avoid going barefoot, wearing shoes that fit properly, and checking for sores and cuts. If you notice cracked skin, blisters and sores that will not heal, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist and set up a regular plan for treatment.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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