Sep 21

Houston Foot Specialists: Improving Your Foot Arch

Houston Foot Specialists: Improving Your Foot Arch: (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) As your foot hits the ground, it works with the rest of the body to absorb a great amount of stress. A foot w…

Houston Foot Specialists

Dr. Jeffrey N Bowman is the Podiatrist for Houston Foot Specialists. As a podiatric physician, Dr. Bowman is well known for his skills as a surgeon in foot and ankle surgeries and has been awarded many honors for his work in the podiatric field.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Improving Your Foot Arch

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As your foot hits the ground, it works with the rest of the body to absorb a great amount of stress. A foot with a normal structure is stable but flexible, in order to withstand the demands put on it every day. When the structure is slightly altered, such as the case with a flat foot, the foot may not be able to function as it should and pain could result.

At Houston Foot Specialists, we see and treat all kinds of feet and foot problems. A flat foot is extremely common and is simply when the arch of the foot has flattened, either from development in childhood or over time from aging. You will know that your foot is flat if you stand up and the entire sole of your foot touches the floor. This type of foot can lead to overpronation (when feet and ankles roll inward), heel spurs, shin splints and stress fractures.

If you have a flat arch, improve the health of your foot by doing exercises that strengthen it. You won’t be able to create an arch again, but you can give your foot a fighting chance against injury. Stretching the Achilles tendon can improve a flattened arch. Do this with calf stretches, by leaning forward against a wall with one leg bent forward. Boost the amount of walking you do each week, and if you can head to the beach and walk barefoot, that is even better. Strengthening your toes helps the arch as well. You can do this by sitting in a chair with a towel laid out on the floor under your feet. Use your toes to scrunch the towel towards you – easy enough right? Lastly, a custom orthotic will greatly help protect the health of your feet as you seek to build up your arches.

If you are concerned about your foot health, or if you have pain throughout the day, during exercise, or while wearing shoes because of having flat feet, please call Dr. Jeff Bowman for an evaluation. Early intervention goes a long way in keeping you free of foot pain in the long run! Make an appointment at our office in Houston, TX by calling (713) 467-8886.

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Sep 17

Reumails. Reumatología al día: Deformaciones del dorso del pie

Reumails. Reumatología al día: Deformaciones del dorso del pie: En esta entrada vamos a presentar tres deformaciones del aparato articular del tobillo y tarso del pie. El pie erizo o pie “en cre…
Deformaciones del dorso del pie

En esta entrada vamos a presentar tres deformaciones del aparato articular del tobillo y tarso del pie.

El pie erizo o pie “en cresta de gallo”
Se trata de una proliferación cálcica que se desarrolla de dentro hacia fuera de la articulación astrágalo escaofidea o tibio astragalina y que le da a estas articulaciones un aspecto de erizo o de cresta. Como cualquier articulación afectada por el depósito de microcristales, el proceso inflamatorio en si mismo es característico de un brote de monoartritis. No obstante el defecto mecánico que produce la proliferación cálcica afecta a los tendones tibial anterior, extensor del primer dedo o al extensor común de los dedos.

Foto cortesía de la Dra. A. Boteanu.

El pie del ultramaratonista o pie de la bailarina de ballet
Esta deformación es exclusiva de la articulación cuneidonavicular. Como consecuencia de un proceso adaptativo, las vertientes de la articulación proliferan hacia superficial con el fin de incrementar la superficie de apoyo del hueso navicular sobre la cuña. Excepcionalmente se puede observar en la articulación astrágalo escafoidea. La distinción radiológica respecto del cuadro anterior radica en la existencia de corticales íntegras y bien definidas.

Osteoartropatía diabética
La complicación ósea más importante de la diabetes es la consecuente a una infección profunda en el llamado pie diabético. Menos conocido es el efecto que a nivel periarticular tiene la diabetes en la formación de una reacción perióstica muy proliferativa que aparece habitualmente en la vertiente proximal de la articulación astrágalo escafoidea. Otro hallazgo remarcable es que la cortical original muestra un cambio esclerótico intenso fácilmente distinguible de otras corticales.

Esta fotografía ha sido obtenida de Neuropathic Joint and Osteomyelitis in Diabetes

Para resumir, al valorar una deformación del dorso del pie cabe tener en cuenta si es o no dependiente de la articulación, si tiene cortical o si una neocalcificación.