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Podiatry Associates of Victoria
116-A Imperial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The more you know about the biomechanics of the feet, the more you become better equipped to understand how to care for the feet. One critical component of how the feet function concerns the skin on the feet. The skin on the feet can often become dry for several reasons, as opposed to other areas of the body. Most importantly, the feet tend to have a smaller total amount of oil glands. As a result, the skin on the feet might feel slightly more dry or cracked. Additionally, the skin on the feet may be especially dry or cracked because the feet are more susceptible to the usual wear and tear that comes with walking and running. Undoubtedly, the skin on the feet is unique and requires extra special care. If you are someone who wants to learn more about the feet, contact a podiatrist today.


 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

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 in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

People who have gained a significant amount of weight may notice their feet have increased in size. Additionally, there may be foot pain that has developed because of the added weight, and this may cause the connective tissue to stretch. The fat pads that cushion the soles may begin to wear down and painful foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, may develop. Edema, also known as abnormal swelling, may occur, and the feet may look bigger than their bone structure. It is beneficial for obese patients to lose weight to alleviate some or all the existing foot problems. This is especially true of people who are diabetic, because losing weight may help to reduce blood sugar levels as well as decrease the risk of foot complications. The feet may become smaller when a significant amount of weight has been lost, and the correct shoe size will need to be purchased. If you have questions about how obesity affects the feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can provide the best course of treatment for you.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Babies' feet grow rapidly in their early years. An infant’s foot has 22 bones, and the remaining bones will form by the time the child reaches age five. Prior to this, babies’ feet are made of soft cartilage, and it is important that their first shoe is made of pliable materials. It is beneficial to have your child crawl and walk barefoot while indoors, and this is beneficial in keeping the foot strong. When your child is two years old, they will have a distinctive foot shape, either tapered, square, or round. These shapes are easy to notice, as the toes will be in a square formation when they are all the same length. Many patients’ second or third toe is the longest, and this is characteristic of the rounded shape. When the biggest toe is the longest, this generally falls into the tapered shape category. There are many things to know about children’s foot health, and if you would like additional information, please consult with a podiatrist.

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 Podiatry Associates of Victoria. 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 office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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