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There are specific stretches that can be performed which can benefit the feet and ankles. Calf stretches are helpful in stretching the Achilles tendon, which is located at the back of the leg. Its purpose is to connect the heel to the calf muscles, and stretching this tendon will help to keep it flexible. This can be accomplished by standing on a step, and gently lowering one heel at a time. The top of the foot can be strengthened by picking up marbles with the toes, and slowly releasing them. Performing a towel pull is an effective stretch to keep the overall foot strong. This is done by sitting down with your legs in front of you, putting a towel across the bottom of your feet, and pulling it toward you. When the proper foot stretches are frequently practiced, muscle cramps may possibly be prevented. If you would like additional information about stretching exercises for the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 26 June 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

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Monday, 22 June 2020 00:00

Edema Is Common During Pregnancy

Many women may experience difficulty wearing shoes as their pregnancy progresses. This can be a result of swollen feet, which can cause discomfort. Swelling, or edema, is considered to be a normal part of pregnancy, and there are methods that can be implemented which can help to manage the swelling. These can consist of elevating the feet as often as possible during the day, and controlling the amount of salt that is ingested. It may also help to drink plenty of fresh water, in addition to refraining from sitting for long periods at a time. It is important for the feet to maintain proper hygiene during pregnancy, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper foot care.

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. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. 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 one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

How Do Achilles Tendon Injuries Occur?

The pain that is experienced by patients who have endured an Achilles tendon injury can be debilitating. It can occur as a result of participating in running and jumping activities, or from not warming up before beginning a run. The Achilles tendon is defined as a portion of tissue that is located in the back of the leg. The function is to connect the heel to the calf muscles. It is responsible for the ability to point and flex the toes. If this tendon becomes injured or torn, it may lead to a condition that is known as Achilles tendonitis. Existing medical conditions can contribute to the onset of an Achilles tendon injury. These can include arthritis, structural foot abnormalities, in addition to being overweight. The symptoms that are often associated with this type of injury can consist of swelling, heel pain, and it is generally difficult to walk. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine the severity of your injury, and offer you the best treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Mark Davison of Active Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

Flat Feet And Finding Comfort

The medical condition that is known as flat feet is defined as an absent arch in the foot. Many people are born with flat feet, and the arch typically develops as the aging process occurs. Patients who have flat feet may experience an achy feeling in the feet, and the feet may feel weak or stiff. Additionally, patients may find their shoes are wearing out quicker than they normally would, and it is beneficial to choose shoes that fit properly. Comfort may be found when insoles are worn inside the shoes, and this may help to provide adequate support that is needed to complete daily activities. If you or your child has flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly monitor this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Mark Davison from Active Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail

The toe that is most often impacted by an ingrown toenail is the big toe. It happens as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, and can cause pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and the toe may ooze pus. Several reasons why ingrown toenails develop can consist of genetic factors, trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when that nail is soaked in warm water, as this is helpful in softening the skin surrounding the nail. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Mark Davison of Active Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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