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May 2020

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment. 

Monday, 25 May 2020 00:00

Teenagers and Sever’s Disease

The medical ailment that is referred to as Sever’s disease is categorized as an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, and is not considered to be a disease. It impacts children and young teenagers who frequently participate in sporting activities that have a heavy emphasis on running and jumping. It occurs as a result of bones that grow at a faster rate than the muscles and tendons, and the Achilles tendon is often afflicted in the process. Common symptoms patients notice can include pain and discomfort in the heel and surrounding area, and it can become difficult to walk. It is beneficial to adjust the type of shoes that are worn, as this may help the child obtain moderate relief. If your child is complaining of heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if it is Sever’s disease, and offer correct treatment techniques.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Caring for Your Child’s Feet

Children’s foot care can often be overlooked by parents.  However, keeping your child’s feet healthy can have beneficial long term effects. To help your child in keeping their feet healthy and strong, it’s suggested that you support them when they kick or wiggle their feet, as these motions help to build strength and muscle. It’s also important to refrain from putting restrictive footwear, such as tightly fitted booties, on your child’s feet. Any socks or foot coverings that are worn by the child should be loosely fitted and made of a breathable material. To keep the feet clean, wash and dry your child’s feet thoroughly everyday, making sure to get in between their toes as well. As your child grows, you may want to pay close attention to if their toes turn out a lot, if one foot turns in more than the other, or if by 18 months they’re still not walking at all, in which case you should seek the advice of a professional. For more information about keeping your child’s feet healthy, it’s suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor 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 West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Many runners experience the frustration of dealing with a sports injury that impacts their lower extremities. Whether you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, a stress fracture, or Achilles tendonitis, it is common for an athlete dealing with a sports injury to want to continue staying in shape and being active. There are a few exercises that can help mimic the activity of running on a more low impact level. One example of this type of exercise is referred to as pool running, or aqua jogging. This activity holds the same concept as if you were on land, except you are under water. While it is low-impact, which is good if you’re dealing with an injury, it is still a high-resistance exercise. Stair walking is another low impact exercise that can help build strength as your body continues to heal. Of course it’s important to listen to your body and monitor any pain felt. For tips on how to stay active while nursing a sports injury, it’s suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Tarsal Tunnel and the Tibial Nerve

There is a specific nerve that is known as the tibial nerve which is located inside the tarsal tunnel. It is found inside the ankle, and is surrounded by bone and tissue. If inflammation of this nerve occurs as a result of an injury, it is referred to as tarsal tunnel syndrome. Some of the symptoms that patients may experience can range from a burning or numbing sensation, to sharp, shooting pains. Existing medical conditions that may contribute to tarsal tunnel syndrome may include arthritis, flat feet, and diabetes. Additionally, it may develop as a result of an ankle sprain or fracture, which can initiate swelling to the tibial nerve. If you have symptoms of this nature, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and manage this condition as quickly as possible.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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

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