Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Wearing appropriate footwear is paramount for individuals with flat feet to maintain comfort, stability, and overall foot health. Flat feet, a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, can lead to various issues such as overpronation, arch pain, and discomfort while walking or standing. Proper shoes for flat feet offer vital support and alignment, helping distribute weight evenly across the feet and reducing strain on ligaments and muscles. Shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning may help to alleviate discomfort and prevent the progression of foot-related problems associated with flat feet. Additionally, supportive footwear can promote proper alignment of the lower body, reducing the risk of related issues such as ankle and knee pain. By choosing shoes designed specifically for flat feet and prioritizing comfort and support, individuals can reduce discomfort, enhance stability, and maintain an active lifestyle with confidence and ease. If you have flat feet and are interested in purchasing shoes that can bring relief and offer adequate support, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor 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 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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Sunday, 18 February 2024 00:00

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.

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Orthotics, special inserts that are worn inside the shoe, can provide foot support, promote healthy foot development, and help alleviate foot-related pain for children. Children's feet are continually growing and developing, and certain conditions, such as flat feet or foot misalignments, may benefit from orthotic intervention. Orthotics designed for children can help correct gait abnormalities, improve foot alignment, and minimize pain associated with common problems like plantar fasciitis or shin splints. By providing additional support to growing feet, orthotics contribute to optimal biomechanics and can prevent the progression of certain foot conditions. If your child is experiencing foot-related pain or other foot issues, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss the possibility of orthotics tailored to your child’s growing feet or other treatment solutions. 

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, 06 February 2024 00:00

When grappling with the discomfort of ingrown toenails, partial and total nail avulsion emerges as a viable solution. Partial nail avulsion involves the removal of a portion of the affected nail, addressing the ingrown edge, and providing relief. This procedure aims to eliminate the problematic segment while preserving the overall integrity of the nail. Conversely, total nail avulsion involves completely removing the toenail, offering a more comprehensive approach to severe or recurrent ingrown toenails. Both procedures are typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Proper postoperative care is vital to promote healing and prevent complications following avulsion. Understanding the differences between partial and total nail avulsion allows individuals to make informed decisions in collaboration with podiatrists. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if one of these types of surgery is right for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Joan Oloff, DPM of Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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