Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Sever's disease is often experienced by active children aged nine to 14. It occurs when the child’s calf muscle and Achilles tendon excessively pull on the growth plate of the heel bone, or calcaneus, which is still developing until about age 15. Sever’s disease typically arises in young athletes, whose vigorous activities put additional strain on their heels. Children may experience pain along the sides of their heels, which intensifies when they stand on tiptoes or run. Some may also notice warmth and swelling in the affected area. A diagnosis is usually based on these symptoms, as X-rays, while helpful for ruling out issues like bone cysts or stress fractures, cannot confirm Sever's disease. Relief options include using heel pads to reduce tendon strain, night splints to stretch the calf muscles, or in severe cases, a cast to immobilize the area. If your active child is experiencing heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and appropriate treatment for Sever’s disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor can treat your child’s 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.

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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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Ensuring your shoes fit properly is critical for comfort and foot health. Begin by measuring your feet later in the day when they are at their largest, and stand while measuring to mimic weight-bearing conditions. Take note of both length and width, including the arch length, as this affects shoe fit. Keep in mind that sizes can vary between shoe brands, so always prioritize fit over the number on the label. If your feet are different sizes, opt for the larger size to prevent discomfort. During fitting, wear the same type of socks or foot coverings you plan to wear with the shoes. Leave a thumb's width of space at the front and back of the shoes to accommodate natural foot swelling and movement. For personalized advice and to address any specific concerns, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you invaluable guidance.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Symptoms associated with arthritis in the foot can significantly impact mobility and quality of life. Persistent pain, stiffness, and swelling in the foot and ankle joints are all symptoms of arthritis. They are usually more noticeable in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Some patients may also experience redness, warmth in the joints, or a reduced range of motion, which makes it difficult to walk or perform daily activities comfortably. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can diagnose arthritis through a clinical examination and medical history assessment. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans are often used to view the extent of joint damage and to distinguish between types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Blood tests may also be conducted to check for markers of inflammation or autoimmune disorders. Understanding the specific type of arthritis that affects the foot is important to tailor the appropriate treatment and management plan. If you have arthritis in the foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for targeted care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 10 May 2024 00:00

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