Many people are going barefoot with the trend of barefoot running and the warmer climates. While it might be more comfortable or trendy, especially after months of having to wear heavy socks and shoes, going barefoot might not be the best idea safety wise. Dr. Clifford Toback, a podiatrist from Hudson Valley, says that being barefoot increases the foot’s susceptibility to conditions such as plantar warts and athlete’s foot. It is highly recommended be sure to keep toenails trimmed and well-maintained. It’s also said to avoid wearing flip-flops as well, which can cause injury and provides little to no positive support for the feet.

 

 Plantar warts can happen to anyone. If you or a loved one is dealing with plantar warts, come and see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can examine your feet and prescribe the best treatment that works for you.    

 

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

  • Some pain while standing
  • Tenderness in the foot’s sole
  • Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)
  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

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

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Hitoshi Mimura, titled the ‘god of shoes’, is well known as one of the best shoe designers out there. Formerly affiliated with the shoe brand Asics, Mimura is now is on his own. Mimura currently crafts custom-made shoes for inquiring world class athletes. Mimura says his secret it’s all about the metrics.

  "I take 13 measurements of the foot, each foot has to be measured separately," explains the sensei of shoemaking. "I only trust hand-measuring. Currently, each shoe takes about three weeks to make, mainly due to determining which materials to use." Preparation is also key. "For a world championships or Olympics I check the course once or twice. I went to Beijing three times." Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of Achilles tendon.

Consideration should be made when choosing a running shoe. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can assist you with finding the right running shoe.    

 

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

 

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

 

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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

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Derek Funderburk of the St. Edward Eagles suffered a broken foot during a practice game. Funderburk attempted to defend the basket when he fractured his foot after accidentally stepping on one of his teammate’s feet. Funderburk underwent plasma therapy as a form of treatment for his injury. This treatment would allow Funderburk to come back a week ahead of schedule. Although he was set back by his injury, Funderburk has high hopes of continuing to play varsity for his team and remains upbeat about the game.

Suffering a broken foot is a painful but common injury. If you sustained a fractured foot, come see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your broken foot.

 

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow link below.

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

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Louis Nix III was placed on the draft list after he was diagnosed with tendonitis and a torn meniscus. Nix’s physical woes began with minor knee pain during the BCS National Championship, which lingered and worsened last year. As a result Nix underwent surgery that rendered him out of season.

Nix underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and additional surgery that helped his healing process. The injections were suggested in an effort to help him prepare for the workouts he would be facing coming back in and trying to get ready for the NFL Draft. Thankfully, Nix seems to be in good recovery due to his extensive surgery and injections.

Returning to sports is not easy but it is possible. If you suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers can help you get back into the game. Dr. Anderson will evaluate your foot and ankle condition and provide appropriate treatment and care.

 

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

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


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St. Kilda Saint footballer Jack Steven sustained an injury that will leave him off the field. “Scans conducted late this afternoon revealed a fracture in his right foot which is obviously disappointing for both Jack and the club on the eve of the 2014 season,” head of the St. Kilda’s football Chris Pelchen said on the day of the injury. “It’s important to note that the fracture is not stress related and followed an innocuous incident during training.”

The St. Kilda Saints has been forced to enter their round one game against Melbourne without their two best midfielders, Steven and suspended player Leigh Montagna. The 23 year old suffered a fracture to his right sesamoid bone and will be out of the game for least 8-10 weeks.

A sports related foot or ankle injury is both physically and emotionally painful for any athlete. If you were injured while playing a sport, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can work to rehabilitate your injury.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Houston Astros pitcher RudyOwens received surgery as a result of a stress fracture he sustained in his left foot.  “Even when I first started feeling it, it never hurt when I pitched — only when I’d run,” Owens said. “I tell people I was in the rodeo and I got stepped on by a bull. Other than that I don’t know, it just happened, I guess stress fracture.”

“Foot’s good,” Owens said recently. “I mean, it’s getting there. It gets sore sometimes when I run. I take a few days off of running and it feels good again. So I mean, it’s just up and down with the soreness. But pitching wise, there’s no pain.”

A stress fracture can be very painful. If you suffered a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, see Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)

-runners/joggers

-osteoporosis patients

-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in those areas are weakened from too much or too little use. When this happens, they stop cushioning the foot and ankles from the impact of hitting the ground. Because there is nothing to protect them, the bones of the foot begin to absorb the full impact of each step someone takes. The added stress causes little cracks to form in the bones that are under the most pressure. These cracks are called stress fractures.

Stress fractures are common for individuals whose daily activities cause high levels of impact on their feet and ankles. Individuals who run, play tennis or basketball, or practice gymnastics tend to experience these fractures more frequently. Anyone is susceptible to this problem, though. Individuals who are normally sedentary and suddenly begin an intensive high impact work out may get stress fractures. This is because their muscles are not strong enough to handle and cushion the intensity of their activity. Osteoporosis may also cause someone to get stress fractures, because the disease weakens an afflicted person's bones and makes it easier for them to break down.

The pain from these fractures will occur in the general area of the fracture. It may be intermittent or constant, and will cause sharp or dull pain along with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity, high impact or otherwise, will aggravate the pain. If the intensity of the activity increases before the stress fracture has properly healed, it can cause a full fracture. This is a much more serious problem, and will probably prevent you from applying any pressure on the foot at all.

Treatment can vary depending on the individual and the degree of injury. The primary way to treat a stress fracture is to rest the hurt foot. Some fractures will heal quickly with only a little bit of rest, while others may require a long rest period and the use of crutches. Under certain circumstances, surgery may be required to install support pins around the fracture to assist in healing.

In order to avoid getting stress fractures, make sure to get plenty of calcium and Vitamin-D. They will help to keep your bones strong, and make them less likely to break under pressure. If your new exercise regimen is running or some other kind of high impact activity, set incremental goals on a weekly basis so you can build up muscle strength. For example, if you plan to walk every day, you could ride a bike on some days to take the stress off of your feet. Make sure to wear supportive shoes to better protect you feet.

If you begin to experience any symptoms of stress fractures, you should stop exercising and rest. If the symptoms do not go away, see an orthopedic specialist. Remembering these tips can help you prevent stress fractures to your foot and ankle, and allow you to continue living normally.


According to research conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the rate at which the Canadian “baby boom” generation is developing rheumatoid arthritis is skyrocketing. This leads to a fairly small amount of available specialists able to treat such a number.

As of 2013, there are only 371 rheumatologists in Canada, accounting for about one for every 100,000 citizens.

The study found that the number of Canadians with RA has doubled since the mid-1990’s, while the number of doctors remaining relatively the same. This has resulted in long waiting periods in between doctor visits, which prevents medical professionals from treating certain aspects of the disease that can be routed in their early stages.

If you are struggling with arthritic pain in your feet or lower legs, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your arthritic feet.

Arthritic Foot Care

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain


-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

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

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According to The Isle of Man Examiner, policeman Darran Loader wanted to complete a whole list of trials, including four marathons, a desert trek, and a parachute jump all in 2013. Loader began his training in Fall 2012 to complete these events over a six-month period.

Loader’s mission was to raise £2,000 in support of Bowel Cancer Isle of Man in memory of his late father Shaun and father-in-law Clive. ‘The marathons were exhausting and stressful on my body yet the feeling when I crossed the finish lines were fantastic, especially when I finished the Blackpool and Isle of Man marathons holding hands with my four-year-old daughter Francesca.” In the end, Loader was advised to rest and suffered blisters on his feet.

Blisters are a real pain in the foot. If you have blisters or suspect you do so, get in contact with podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat these blisters in addition to other foot and ankle conditions.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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

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25 year old Canadian skier LarisaYurkiwovercame her injury at Sochi. Yukiw from Owen Sound raised $150,000 to qualify independently after Alpine Canada dropped her off the team. Yurkiw was dropped from her team after recently sustaining an ankle sprain during training. “Medical team confirms that Larisa Yurkiw treated for minor ankle sprain, set to return to training/racing as usual,” Alpine Canada announced through social media.

 

According to The Star, Yurkiw also suffered a major knee injury back in 2009 that led to years of rehabilitation. “It stung a lot at the beginning,” Yurkiw told the Star’s Kerry Gillespie about being dropped from the team and forced to ski without a team. “But the reality is that pushed me into a place that has made me grow and develop and get to know myself better and reach my potential and beyond.”

Ankle sprains can limit mobility and become painful, especially when left untreated. If you sustained an ankle sprain, contact podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can help treat your injury.  

 How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

Sprain Treatment

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  However surgery may be required in more severe cases

If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace to strengthen the ankle.

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

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According to Reuters Health, a new study not only suggests alcohols such as beer can trigger a gout attack, but even ‘healthier’ alcohols such as wine can put patients at risk. In addition, any increase to the amount of any type of alcohol can risk triggering an attack in gout patients. The participants involved in the study who consumed 1-2 drinks within a 24 hour period increased the susceptibility and rate of gout attacks by 36 percent.

Alarmingly, that rate increased to 50 percent for patients who consumed 2-4 drinks. “I don’t want to sound too dogmatic and say, ‘You must stop drinking’ but ‘based on this study, I would counsel patients that any type of alcohol may trigger an attack,” lead author and rheumatologist Dr. Tuhina Neogi states. However, it is advisable for any patient with gout to minimize their alcohol intake.

If you are a gout patient, you should seek out the care of podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your condition and ensure you receive the care you need.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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

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plantar-fasciitis5According to Web Pro News, stem cell therapy is becoming a viable method in order to help fight plantar fasciitis. Known as an inflammation of the heel’s tissue, plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects millions of Americans each year.

Research has shown that stem cell therapy can alleviate pain faster and can treat the root of the cause faster as opposed to more traditional methods. More traditional methods do work but tends to be results that develop slowly over time. Adult bone marrow and amniotic and fat-derived materials are often used in these stem cell injections. As this treatment becomes popular, more clinics nationwide are beginning to provide this treatment. Stem cell therapy is said to be the first form of real relief for those afflicted with painful conditions.

If your feet hurt as a result of contracting plantar fasciitis, be sure to seek the care of podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will help treat your plantar fasciitis as well as any other foot and ankle conditions.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Obesity
  • Excessive running
  • Poor foot support
  • Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Brehnam, Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Knowing that many Americans start new exercise regimens at the beginning of the New Year, the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has taken this opportunity to relate some helpful advice about keeping your feet in good shape as well.

 

The NYSPMA argues that having healthy feet are necessary for exercising your whole body and that by following a few easy steps you can prevent the onset of many diseases. One important suggestion they have is to make sure your shoes fit correctly, and to purchase new pairs during the later part of the day when feet have swelled up. NYSPMA recommends doing simple exercises like toe points and toe squeezes, and massaging the feet before and after workouts.

Exercising your feet can increase the fitness level of your whole body. To learn more about proper foot exercise, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can suggest options for a routine to get your feet strong and healthy.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Athens, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A report by Newsmax Health indicates that women who have flat feet are 50 percent more likely to experience pain in the lower back according to a conducted study. "The key takeaway from the study is that if women have low back pain, it may not be just the back," Institute for Aging Research senior author Marian Hannan says. "It turns out that feet are important for the back."

Hannan’s colleagues measured each participant’s arches while standing. A floor mat embedded with sensors measured pressure from the participant’s heel to upper part of the foot while they walked across a room. The study found roughly 38 percent of the participants in their 60’s reported contending with lower back pain. Hannan believes the body uses other muscles to support the flat feet when a person walks, which links back pain with flat feet  

Flat feet can cause a disadvantage in gait and posture. If you suffer from flat feet contact podiatrist Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can suggest several options for flat feet or other foot and ankle conditions.

 

 

 

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are 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. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

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

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Seth Allen, point guard for the Maryland Terrapins, has finally returned to basketball after missing eight weeks with a broken foot. He ended up scoring 15 points in his first game back, missing the team record by only three points.

Allen originally injured himself during practice when he fell awkwardly and cracked his fifth metatarsal. This was just 10 days before the season started. “It made me nervous,” he said of his return. “I felt like there were big expectations. When they started cheering, I was like, ‘Whoa.’ But I played it off.”

Broken feet are common but often extremely painful injuries. If you have hurt your foot and think it might be broken, consider speaking with podiatrist Dr. Rosemarie Rynkiewicz of Athens Podiatry. Dr. Rynkiewicz can examine your injured limb and provide you with an expert medical opinion.

 

 

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated. Trying to keep the foot rested is important as the bones need plenty of time to heal and recover.

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