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orthoticsGlasgow Caledonian University has partnered with University of Newcastle and the SME Peacocks Medical Group to receive a grant of nearly €115,000 to create 3D printed foot orthotics. The purpose of the grant is to enable and aid the “FootFEMan” project that uses elemental analysis to create improved orthotics for specific patients. Each orthotic will be printed and developed using technology from another project funded by the European Union. Each orthotic will be tested at Glasgow Caledonian University to ensure the orthotics properly improve foot function and lessen foot symptoms. Gordon Henry, PhD and project researcher states, “We are confident that we can successfully 3D print new orthotic insole devices. This project will now enable us to improve each orthosis tailored to the individual patient according to whatever foot problem they have.”

Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions, including heel injuries like plantar fasciitis. If you are dealing with foot pain and are interested in the possibility of using orthotics as a treatment, call Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.

What is Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics is physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics is known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics is often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics has improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics is made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Running shoesNew Balance Athletic Shoes Inc., in Boston is using 3D printers to make special running shoes for professional runners and Olympians to aid in their performance. Using video, pressure sensors, and high pressure values designers can get a good idea as to how each specific foot meets the ground, how the feet interact with the shoe, and which area of the foot is most important during the impact. The shoes are printed with a specific pattern of spikes in order to provide more traction when the foot hits the ground. Olympian Kim Conley wore her 3D printed shoes during the 2013 World Track Championships where she set her best personal records in 3,000 and 5,000 meter races. Reducing the pressure on the foot as well as being a lightweight shoe are things all runners consider in their shoes.  

For optimal foot health, you should understand the differences between walking and running shoes and why each type of shoe is important. If you have any foot or ankle injuries, see Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Foot problems are not rare in the United States and they can often be resolved with massages. Unfortunately certain conditions, such as Morton’s neuroma, can be negatively affected with specific massages. Morton’s neuroma occurs when the nerves in the forefoot or toes become inflamed, irritated, or compressed. A narrow shoe, high heels, previous injury, and certain exercises are ways Morton’s neuroma can become triggered. Reducing the pain caused by this condition can be as simple as changing your footwear whether it is adding extra padding to the shoe or wearing toe separators to reduce nerve compression. Massaging the foot can be helpful, but deep pressure between the metatarsal heads will only aggravate the condition and must be avoided. Spreading the metatarsal heads is the best way to massage a foot with Morton’s Neuroma without causing further damage.  


Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to deal with. If you would like to treat your Morton’s neuroma, speak to Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.


Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. 


What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. 


If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Although flip-flops and sandals are typically worn less throughout the colder months, college students that shower in a communal space should keep wearing the sandals year round. Since public grooming areas are already naturally moist, they are common areas for biofilms, slimy areas where microorganisms stick together, to grow. Professor Philip Tierno of New York University’s School of Medicine even mentions that it will take more than soap and water to eliminate the hazards caused by biofilms. In order to reduce the chance of any infections that might occur when coming in contact with these biofilms, college students must make the choice to wear flip-flops anywhere near the shower. Tierno states, “People don’t think they have a contusion or lesion or crack in their skin, but many people have dried skin and they do have the ability for an organism to gain access to the foot and spread elsewhere in the body.”


Although flip-flops can cause a lot of foot problems if worn too often and in the incorrect conditions, they can help you to avoid infection in certain areas. If you have any questions concerning infections on the feet, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


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, 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 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 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.


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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

 

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According to the Running Doc , Michigan State University recently conducted a study of children that specialize in one sport year. The study suggested that these children are more susceptible to injuries such as Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease occurs when there is an injury to the growth area of the heel bone that has not matured and is forced to develop in two parts. Sever’s disease can lead to foot problems into adulthood if not addressed properly. The study also found that although millions of children partake in sports each year, more than half tend to quit due to specialization. Playing one sport year round may cause additional pressure making the activity less fun and recreational.  

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will attend to all of your 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.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

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.

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If you have any questions, please contact our one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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