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Many people find walking to be one of the best exercises for stretching the feet. When this activity occurs, the foot goes through an entire range of motion as the feet touch the ground and lift off with the toes. The benefits of frequent walking may not only affect the general health of the body, but may improve muscle strength in the feet, in addition to experiencing an enhanced mood. Flexibility exercises may aid in keeping your feet limber and can be incorporated into your daily routine. This can be accomplished by practicing gentle stretches, which may improve the overall muscle tone in the feet. Resistance exercises incorporate the use of exercise bands or weights and this is known to build strength that may aid in the general support of the feet. It’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist to learn about proper foot stretching techniques that can be implemented on a daily basis.

Why Stretching is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

What Happens to Feet During Pregnancy?

For pregnant women, the general health of the feet may be affected. The additional weight gain may cause the feet to become bloated, and has been known to alter some women’s sense of gravity. The alignment and posture in the body may change, and the feet may become affected as a result of the differences in standing and walking that many women endure. Becoming flat-footed is a common ailment that may affect many pregnant women. The arches may temporarily disappear as a result of the pressure the feet must withstand from the additional weight. Additionally, edema, or water retention, is a common condition that many pregnant women experience, and this typically occurs as a result of the blood becoming thicker during the pregnancy. There are several ways to partially alleviate any discomfort that is often associated with edema. These may include elevating your feet as often as possible, eliminating salt from your diet, and stretching the feet, which may enhance the general health of the body. If you have concerns about the effects of pregnancy on the feet, please consult with a podiatrist for additional information.

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 one of our podiatrists from Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 Dunedin, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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During the summer months, you may be involved in many different types of activities. Consequently, you should ensure you are wearing the best footwear possible to take care of your feet no matter where you go. If you plan on going to the beach, flip flops may be the most obvious choice of footwear to protect your feet. However, you should be careful not to wear flip-flops for too long. Although they can protect your feet from sharp objects on the ground, they can also be responsible for injuries such as ankle sprains. If you decide to go into the ocean after walking around on a sandy beach, it is recommended that you wear a pair of aqua socks to shield your feet from fragments and rocks. Another place that you may find yourself at in the warmer months is a water park. Water-friendly sandals are recommended for water parks because they can protect your feet from developing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that can easily be spread by walking on contaminated floors.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday 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. 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 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. 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 feel free to contact our office located in Dunedin, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 00:00

Why Does Heel Pain Occur?

There are several types of heel pain that many people experience. This type of discomfort may range from Sever’s disease, which affects children, to plantar fasciitis that is a result of inflamed tissues that connects the heel to the sole of the foot. Some patients endure pain that can be felt behind the heel because of an Achilles tendon injury, which is referred to as Achilles tendinitis. Research has shown that many patients notice pain in the heels as a result of consistent pounding, which may originate from frequent running or power walking. Other reasons that heel pain may occur can be from a condition known as heel bursitis, which may come from an injury, or when improper footwear is worn. Additionally, patients that exhibit poor posture may be at risk in experiencing varying degrees of heel pain, which may be observed during running or walking. If you have heel or foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for proper information about available treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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For people who stand or walk during work for the majority of the day, it may be common to experience pain, discomfort and muscle strain throughout the body. Research has shown the importance of wearing proper footwear that will provide the necessary support for optimum comfort. Flip flops, high heels, and sandals may not be the best choice for working on your feet all day. These types of shoes may alter the way you walk, in addition to possibly cramping the toes or shortening the stride. It may be beneficial to stretch the feet before and after work. This may aid in developing the necessary muscle strength to help the feet to feel more comfortable during the day. Effective exercises that may accomplish this, are pointing and flexing the feet, in addition to performing exercises that strengthen the hips, legs, and feet. Please consult with a podiatrist for suggestions and additional information on how to properly stretch your feet.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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