Posts for: October, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Sinclair of the University of Central Lancashire participated in a study concerning runners and Achilles tendon injury. The study found that people who wear orthotics while running could prevent the possibility of Achilles injury. Sinclair used 12 male participants and had them run on a mat with sensors that measured the movement of the foot.
The study showed that the runners wearing the orthotics were less apt to Achilles tendon injury because of the ease of pressure the insoles provided to the foot. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” Dr. Sinclair said.
Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you think you have this kind of condition, pay a visit to podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can treat your foot and ankle needs.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.
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Many kids in Richmond, Virginia walked to school on foot as part of International Walk to School Day. Held on October 08, the Richmond community participated in this global event. The aim for International Walk to School Day is to promote good health and physical activity among children.
In addition to participating in International Walk to School Day, Linwood Holton Elementary hosted a Mini-wellness Fair that educated children on creating healthy lifestyles. These children were also given instruction on the importance pedestrian safety and safe walking routes.
Children should learn how to exercise the feet while young in order to carry the habit into adulthood. To learn more about how children can exercise their feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will can assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.
Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.
Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.
Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the feet work very well, working large parts of the muscles.
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Kindergartener and five-year-old Thaddeus Delaney has reportedly become a victim of dangerous bullying after being pushed beneath a Denver Public Schools bus by a third-grader. Delaney was pushed while the bus was pulling up to the curb. “I was going to give my sister a hug and he pushed me and the bus driver was driving along and I fell and it hit me,” said Delaney. He was left with three broken bones in one of his feet after the bus ran over his leg. He was later taken to the hospital by ambulance. “He’s been mean to me all my life,” Thaddeus said of the bully while sitting in a wheelchair with an orange cast on his leg. “There’s gotta be a point where it’s gotta stop, it’s got to,” his mother added.
Injuries like a broken foot should be regarded with seriously, as they can worsen if not treated properly. For help in treating a broken foot, consult with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide you with the foot and ankle treatment and information you seek.
Identifying and Dealing with a Broken Foot
When bones in the foot are bent, stretched, or crushed in an unnatural way, they can sometimes break or fracture. Doctors can often determine how the break occurred based on its severity and location.
There are many common symptoms of a broken foot to look out for. Those who experience significant trauma to the feet should check for:
- Blue (foot)
If one or more of these symptoms persist, one should have x-rays taken by a medical professional. Cold or numb feet, blueness of the skin, cuts, and deformities can be indications of a foot that is very badly broken. It’s advised to see a doctor right away if these conditions are observed.
Care for a broken foot depends on the type and severity of the injury. Often times aids likes crutches, casts, and splints will be administered. Surgery is also a possibility, although this is reserved for very bad cases.
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At a recent Samaritan’s Feet event, three hundred members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and the Euell A. Wilson Center received new, fitting shoes. Samaritan’s Feet intends to share hope with local children by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes to step into to walk towards their dreams. Samaritan’s Feet leaders believe that they can demonstrate to the youth dreams are possible. The group behind the event, Samaritan’s Feet International, partnered with Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter (NEICUC) to make it possible. NEICUC financed the event, coordinated the logistics, and recruited over 40 volunteers to help with the event.
Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. Speak to Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Patersonto learn more about the detrimental effects of shoes that fit incorrectly. Dr. Slomowitz can assist you with all of 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 properly 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, improperly 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
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