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Active children may be more likely to experience heel pain. This pain can be indicative of a condition known as Sever’s disease, and can target children and young adolescents. This uncomfortable ailment affects the growth plate in the heel and can occur as a result of extensive pressure exerted on the area where the Achilles tendon meets the heel. Parents may notice their child may begin to limp, in addition to experiencing a decrease in flexibility if their child is afflicted with Sever’s disease. Prompt treatment generally begins with stopping the activity that caused this condition, and it is beneficial to rest the affected foot. Some children find it may help to perform specific stretches that target the Achilles tendon and calf. If you notice your child has symptoms of Sever’s disease, it is strongly suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine what the most effective treatment is.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Contagious Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Excessive blisters on the feet can indicate a condition that is known as hand, foot and mouth disease. It is considered to be a viral infection, and generally affects children ten years and younger. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a contagious medical condition, and can be passed to other people by coughing, sneezing, or from the fluid that is inside the blisters. Some of the symptoms that are associated with hand, foot and mouth disease can consist of small blisters on the bottom of the feet, and the child can be feverish and tired. Many children can develop a rash, which is generally not itchy. It is beneficial to drink plenty of water daily as this may help to accelerate the healing process. If you notice your child has signs of this condition, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and offer correct treatment techniques.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact the foot specialists of Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

Shoe Sizing: It's Not Always Numbers

When buying new shoes, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right fit. There are several things to pay attention to when looking for a new pair of shoes other than just the numerical size. First, you want to make sure that the shoe is the right width. The widest point of the shoe is usually also the flex point, where the shoe is designed to bend with your foot. The right shoe for you will fit your foot snuggly at the widest point. You should also pay attention to the materials that the shoe is made of. Different materials have different purposes and will stretch and fit your foot differently over time. What you will use the shoe for is also important to consider. Finally, if you have any foot conditions, such as flat feet or bunions, or if you use orthotic inserts, this will affect the kind of shoe you should buy. For more information about how to find the right shoes for you, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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There are patients who have found their gait or walking style may have been altered if their lifestyle includes frequently wearing flip flops. The heel and ankles can negatively be affected, in addition to the skin on the feet when flip flops with no backs are worn often. Many people choose to wear this type of shoe for their ease and colorful designs, despite the potential damage they may cause. The toes can naturally scrunch in an effort to keep the shoe on the foot and performing this motion repeatedly can overstretch the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. If you enjoy wearing flip flops,please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend a more supportive sandal that can have less harmful side effects on the overall foot.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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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.

Helping your favorite senior citizen take care of their feet can improve their quality of life, help keep them safe and comfortable, and may even lead to early detection of systemic conditions that affect the feet. To protect their feet from injury, make sure they wear properly-fitted shoes at all times. Socks should not be tight at the ankle or leg, and they should be the moisture-wicking kind that transfers moisture to the outside of the sock. Keep their toenails trimmed, but not too short, to avoid ingrown toenails. Have them do stretches a few times a day for their feet and toes to keep the blood flowing (a podiatrist should be consulted first) and reward them with a relaxing foot bath which can relieve muscles and soothe bunions and dry skin. It is important to examine the bottom of the older adult’s feet regularly to check for cracks, cuts, blisters and sores and bring them to a podiatrist if anything unusual or concerning develops.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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