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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

The human foot is a marvel of engineering, comprising a complex interplay of bones, muscles, ligaments, and blood vessels that work seamlessly to support our weight, absorb shock, and propel us forward. At the heart of this structure lies the arch, which acts as a natural shock absorber, distributing forces evenly as we walk, run, or stand. Supporting the arch are muscles and ligaments that form a dynamic system, constantly adjusting to maintain balance and stability. Meanwhile, the toes play a vital role in balance and propelling us forward, while gripping the ground with each step and helping us navigate uneven terrain. Beneath the surface, a network of blood vessels ensures adequate oxygen and nutrients reach the tissues, supporting their function and repair. Foot pain can happen for a variety of reasons, and it may be connected to a mishap or a foot deformity. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who is an expert in treating such conditions.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. George Yarnell from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 Lansdowne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes in a woman's body, and one area that is often overlooked is the feet. Throughout pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, and shifts in the body's center of gravity can significantly impact foot structure. As the body produces hormones like relaxin to loosen ligaments in preparation for childbirth, the arches of the feet may flatten, leading to a condition known as overpronation. This change in foot posture can cause discomfort, instability, and increased strain on the ankles and knees. Additionally, swelling, or edema, commonly experienced during pregnancy can add to foot-related issues. Proper footwear with adequate support and cushioning becomes essential to alleviate discomfort and maintain stability. Regular foot care, including gentle stretching exercises and elevation to reduce swelling, can help diminish the effects of these structural changes. If your feet are uncomfortable during your pregnancy, or you have developed foot pain, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you to find relief.

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 Dr. George Yarnell from Pennsylvania. 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 Lansdowne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Foot fractures, though often underestimated, can cause significant pain and hinder mobility. A foot fracture occurs when one or more bones in the foot break, commonly due to trauma from falls, accidents, or repetitive stress from activities like running or jumping. Those at risk include athletes, individuals with osteoporosis, and people who have structural foot abnormalities. Diagnosing a foot fracture involves a physical examination, often accompanied by X-rays to confirm the extent and location of the injury. Symptoms typically include localized pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Pain, particularly while walking or bearing weight, is a hallmark symptom of a foot fracture. While some fractures may heal with rest and immobilization, others may require more aggressive treatment such as casting or surgery. If you believe you have sustained a foot fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and comprehensive plan to alleviate pain, promote healing, and prevent complications.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. George Yarnell from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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