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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
May 28, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Technology developed by Swedish firm Volumental can now reportedly scan the feet and recognize what size shoe would best fit the feet. Using 3D cameras such as Microsoft’s Kinect or Intel’s RealSense, the technology would map a person’s foot in seconds. The cameras would be connected to a computer and rotate around the foot to create a 3D image that depicts a specific shape and size. If successful, Volumental would be eliminating the need for customers to try on multiple sizes of shoes before finding their best fit; the technology would determine it for them.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
May 06, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   Ankle Pain   Ingrown  

Many people often believe the misconception that ingrown toenails occur because the nail has been left to grow too long a length. The reality is, however, that ingrown toenails occur due to cutting the nails too short.

To treat ingrown nails with D.I.Y. relief at home, soak the feet in warm water and Epson salts before applying an antiseptic and bandage to the toe temporarily. When clipping the toenails, be sure to leave 1/8 inch of the white tip showing. Clippers specifically for toenails should always be used to cut toenails, as they are larger and sturdier than fingernail clippers.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 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 contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
April 28, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Injury   Achilles Tendon  

Gordon Hayward of the Salt Lake City Utah Jazz has missed his last game of the season due to an Achilles tendon injury. Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder was out of the team’s match against the Dallas Mavericks due to inflammation of the tendon.

Snyder shared that Hayward has been playing through “some soreness” in his Achilles tendon recently, and “we’ve maintained all along that we’re trying to do what’s right for every player in every situation.” Hayward has averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season.

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Any tendon injuries, however, can create serious difficulty.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to Severe Pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
April 22, 2015
Category: Foot Care

In lieu of National Foot Health Awareness month, the National Diabetes Education Program has posted some suggestions to help protect the feet from infection and prevent serious foot problems.

Simply checking the feet every day and taking care to check between the toes and at the bottom of the foot can help reveal small cuts or blisters that may be developing. The feet should also be kept dry, particularly between the toes.

Wash the feet every day, as this promotes good health and also provides for a great time to check the feet. The feet should be kept soft and moisturized with lotion or cream to prevent cracked heels. All of these measures can pave the way for optimal daily foot care.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
April 14, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Boots designed by Steven Collins and his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University reportedly make walking easier without using any power. These energy saving boots do this thanks to a spring and clutch mechanism inspired by the Achilles tendon.

The spring stretches during the act of stepping forward while walking, which stores energy; energy is then released when the spring recoils, powering the foot to push off of the ground. Normally one’s muscles burn energy to exert the force needed to push the body forward; the boots, however, reduce how much force is needed and therefore reduce the energy needed to walk.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.

- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

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

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