Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Foot swelling, or edema, is a common occurrence during pregnancy and can be attributed to various factors. As the body produces more blood and bodily fluids to support the developing fetus, the circulatory system experiences increased pressure, leading to fluid retention in the feet and ankles. Hormonal changes, specifically elevated levels of progesterone, contribute to the relaxation of blood vessels, causing them to dilate and allowing fluid to accumulate in the lower extremities. Additionally, the growing uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from the legs to the heart, further impeding circulation and exacerbating swelling. Prolonged standing or sitting, high ambient temperatures, and dietary factors like excessive salt intake can also exacerbate foot swelling at this time. If you are seeking relief options for your swollen feet during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief techniques.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Kentston Cripe, DPM from Roseville Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Running requires minimal gear, with a good-fitting pair of shoes as the essential requirement. Additional running accessories like well-constructed and breathable socks, gear, and watches are optional. However, your choice of running shoe can vary depending on your running conditions and preferences. To determine how many running shoes you need, start with at least one pair that suits you. Having two pairs and rotating them is beneficial for those running on the same terrain frequently, especially if it is several times a week. If you diversify your running terrain, you may consider purchasing additional pairs, as specific shoes cater to trails, tracks, speed workouts, and everyday runs. Trail shoes are suitable for rugged or slippery trails, providing waterproofing and extra traction. Track shoes, lightweight with minimal cushioning, benefit those preparing for track races or track workouts. Treadmill shoes should be cushioned, while speed work and race day shoes are designed to boost confidence and speed. Depending on your running goals and variety of terrain, you may need multiple shoes to optimize your training and performance. If you run or plan to run on different terrains, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss how many pairs of running shoes may be suitable for your running goals.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Kentston Cripe, DPM from Roseville Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis, or OA, in the big toe is medically referred to as hallux rigidus. This progressive and degenerative condition is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage at the first metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint. As the cartilage in the MTP joint deteriorates, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. This discomfort in the big toe often leads to difficulty in bending the toe, and affects mobility and everyday activities, like walking. Furthermore, OA in the big toe can worsen other foot conditions, such as bunions, corns, calluses, and hammertoes. This may further complicate movement and cause additional discomfort. Treatment options for OA in the big toe start with conservative methods, such as pain management and custom orthotic devices. In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be suggested, depending on the severity of the condition and the patient's individual needs. Seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is important for diagnosing and managing hallux rigidus effectively, as early intervention can help to alleviate symptoms, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals affected by this condition. If you believe you may have osteoarthritis that is affecting the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Kentston Cripe, DPM of Roseville Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Friday, 02 February 2024 00:00

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

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