Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Finding the perfect pair of running shoes for your child involves more than just picking the trendiest style off the shelf. It's about ensuring that their feet are properly supported and protected, especially during their active play and sports activities. Look for features, such as arch support, a shock-absorbing sole, firm heel support, and easy-to-fasten closures like laces or Velcro. Prioritize fit by having your child's feet measured for both length and width, and make sure they try on several pairs to find the best match for their foot shape. Remember that shoe sizes can vary between brands, so focus on how the shoe feels rather than the number on the label. Pay attention to details like toe wiggle room, snug yet comfortable heel fit, and proper alignment of the ball of the foot. And don't forget, a good shoe should feel comfortable right from the start. There shouldn't be a need to break them in. If you're unsure about the fit or need help with a specific foot problem, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer tailored recommendations based on your child's specific needs.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, 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

Incorporating targeted stretches and strengthening routines into your running regimen is a good way to maintain foot health and prevent injuries. Toe stretches involve gently pulling your toes back to stretch the muscles and ligaments along the sole of your foot and toes, promoting flexibility and reducing the risk of strains or cramps during runs. Plantar fascia stretching entails leaning forward to stretch the arch of your foot, to alleviate tension in the plantar fascia, which is a common source of heel pain in runners. Ankle alphabet exercises promote mobility and range of motion in the ankle joint by tracing the alphabet with your toes, helping to reduce the risk of ankle sprains or strains. The marble pickup exercise enhances the intrinsic muscles of the foot, improving their strength and coordination to prevent common running injuries such as metatarsalgia or Morton's neuroma. Incorporating these and other exercises into your routine strengthens your feet, reduces the risk of running-related injuries, and allows you to enjoy your runs with confidence and longevity. If you are experiencing persistent discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

When it comes to foot surgery, attention often gravitates toward major procedures, like bunion corrections or ankle reconstructions. However, surgeries targeting the smaller toes hold equal significance, addressing various conditions that can profoundly impact mobility and comfort. One prevalent issue necessitating such interventions is hammertoe, characterized by abnormal bending of the toe joints, often resulting from imbalanced foot mechanics or ill-fitting footwear. Left untreated, hammertoes can lead to pain, corns, and difficulty in wearing shoes. Another common concern is claw toe, where the toe bends upward from the joint at the ball of the foot, causing pressure points and discomfort. These conditions may be worsened by genetics, arthritis, or nerve damage. Foot surgery for the smaller toes aims to realign and stabilize the affected joints, relieve pain, and restore function. If you have an abnormal foot structure that is affecting the small toes, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can determine if surgery is a viable option for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Friday, 31 May 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.

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