Wednesday, 19 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.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Orthotics can significantly alleviate first-step pain often experienced with new shoes by providing customized support and cushioning for the feet. These devices are designed to fit the contours of the foot precisely, reducing stress on the plantar fascia, which is often the source of discomfort. When new shoes lack adequate arch support or cushioning, the plantar fascia can become strained, leading to pain. Orthotics help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, minimizing the impact on sensitive areas. They also enhance the alignment and function of the foot, promoting a more natural gait and reducing the likelihood of further strain. The materials used in orthotics, such as gel or foam, provide additional shock absorption, making each step less painful. If you are experiencing persistent or severe first-step pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to discuss whether orthotics can help you and to address any underlying foot conditions. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot pain can be debilitating, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Thankfully, several remedies can alleviate discomfort. Massaging the feet can help relax muscles and improve circulation, providing temporary relief. Custom orthotic inserts or wearing supportive footwear can provide long-term relief by correcting biomechanical issues and providing proper arch support. Stretching exercises can also improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension in the feet. However, if you have foot pain that persists or worsens despite these remedies, it is suggested that you seek professional help from a podiatrist who can diagnose the underlying cause of the pain and provide personalized treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes in a woman's body, and one area that is often overlooked is the feet. Throughout pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, and shifts in the body's center of gravity can significantly impact foot structure. As the body produces hormones like relaxin to loosen ligaments in preparation for childbirth, the arches of the feet may flatten, leading to a condition known as overpronation. This change in foot posture can cause discomfort, instability, and increased strain on the ankles and knees. Additionally, swelling, or edema, commonly experienced during pregnancy can add to foot-related issues. Proper footwear with adequate support and cushioning becomes essential to alleviate discomfort and maintain stability. Regular foot care, including gentle stretching exercises and elevation to reduce swelling, can help diminish the effects of these structural changes. If your feet are uncomfortable during your pregnancy, or you have developed foot pain, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you to find relief.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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