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Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Maintaining healthy and strong feet is essential for overall well-being and mobility. Incorporating regular stretching exercises into your routine can help improve flexibility, reduce stiffness, and prevent common foot issues. Toe stretches, such as toe flexion and extension, help stretch the muscles and ligaments in the toes, promoting better mobility and preventing conditions like plantar fasciitis. Calf stretches, like the calf raise and wall stretch, target the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, reducing tightness and improving range of motion in the ankles and feet. Arch stretches, such as the towel stretch and golf ball roll, can alleviate discomfort and strengthen the arches of the feet, reducing the risk of conditions like flat feet. Additionally, performing ankle circles and ankle alphabet exercises can help improve ankle stability and mobility, enhancing overall foot function. If you would like information about additional specific foot stretches to practice for healthy, strong feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Flatfoot occurs when the arches of the feet are low or even touch the ground. While many people with flatfoot don’t experience major foot problems, the altered biomechanics of the foot can lead to foot pain and gait issues. Collapsed arches can strain the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support the foot's structure. This strain is what may lead to pain, particularly in the arch area and the inner side of the ankle. This pain can even extend to the knee or lower back. Individuals with flat feet may experience pain during prolonged periods of standing or walking. The absence of a natural arch can also affect shock absorption, increasing the force on joints and potentially causing discomfort. Podiatrists can recommend supportive footwear, shoe inserts, and targeted exercises to strengthen the foot muscles. If you have foot pain and flat feet, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can locate the source of your pain and provide a customized treatment plan to improve your foot health.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Children born with congenital clubfoot often face ongoing challenges as they grow older, such as deformity, pain, and limited function in their adolescence and early adulthood. These individuals form a diverse group, each with unique needs that demand a personalized approach to their care. Usually in the early years of a clubfoot diagnosis, children receive treatment including serial casting, and in some cases, foot surgery. Ongoing issues can be related to undercorrection, overcorrection, dorsal bunion, anterior ankle impingement, and lateral hindfoot impingement. If you have a child that has continuous issues from clubfoot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss more effective management and tailored treatments options.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

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

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