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akhil-viz1Triathlete Akhil Viz entered the 2014 Cotswold 113 with the objective of finishing the race in less than four and a half hours. The first two segments of the competition proved to be little trouble for Viz. However, when Viz started the final running portion, that is when the true challenge began.

This difficulty level was there since Viz had to adjust his biomechanics to running as opposed to cycling or swimming. Viz was almost worn out towards the end, but he was still able to accomplish his goal by finishing with the impressive time of 4 hours and 29 minutes.

Biomechanics make up your body’s movements. For foot and ankle conditions and injuries, contact one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 structure and 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 to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics.

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julius-randall19-year-old NBA draftee Julius Randle took the time during a recent workout he did for the Boston Celtics to explain to some reporters that the rumors that he needs surgery on one of his feet aren’t true. “My foot is fine,” he claimed. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”

The reporters’ concerns come from an incident last year during Randle’s senior year of high school, when the basketball star broke his foot and had to get a screw put in to help it heal. Some say that the foot won’t recover properly unless the screw is replaced soon, but Randle insists that’s not the case.

Randle has an admirably stoic attitude, but after he initially hurt his foot it was probably very hard for him to return to basketball. If you need help getting back into sports after damaging your feet or ankles, get in touch with one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will help you readjust to your athletic lifestyle without further aggravating your freshly-healed injury.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

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old-sneakersThe Stratford Festival is an annual performing arts festival. Custom made shoes are provided for the actors and dancers who perform in the multiple theatre productions held at the festival. These performers often request custom specifications since professional dancing often puts wear and tear on the feet.

Several performers featured in Crazy for You needed to make alterations in shoe size in order to allow for more toe room. “It makes a difference as to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” associate choreographer Kerry Gage says, “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”

It is important for all people, especially dancers, to wear the proper shoe size. If you require professional assistance in finding your size, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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Monday, 30 June 2014 18:03

Gout May Be Cured Through Ancient DNA

gout-foot2The scientific world has made ancient DNA testing not just something seen in the movies. In fact, scientists are testingdinosaur DNA in the search for a cure for gout. Scientists tested the DNA’s capabilities by reviving a prehistoric protein via E.coli. The E.coli was then able to convert the DNA into workable live proteins.

The 90 million year old DNA proved to be solid when it came to eliminating uric acid build up, a common gout symptom. A patent was filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is currently in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.

Gout is a difficult condition to deal with. If you have gout, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often affects the foot, especially the big toe, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

The main reason get gout is because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet. In particular, low-fat dairy products, fruits high in vitamin C, and coffee are all foods that are known for their ability to help people recover from gout.

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broken-toeThe Seattle Storm’s Jenna O’Hea is one of the star players on their roster. Unfortunately for the 6’1 tall Aussia, O’Hea sustained a broken toe that might will not only affect the rest of her season, but her team as well. O’Hea will be out of the game for the next four to six weeks as a result of sustaining her toe injury.

Despite this heavy loss, the team will still press on. The Seattle Storm will compete against New York, Atlanta and Tulsa despite not having O’Hea there to lend her talents. O’Hea has averaged about 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds, making her absence still a downer for the team.

Broken toes can hurt a whole lot. If you injured your toe, or your foot and/or ankle for that matter, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • inability to move the toe with ease.
  • crooked or disfigured appearance
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • fever or chills throughout their body

It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Alleviate swelling by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 


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childrens-feet2Children are often at risk for many things, including foot odor. When it comes to foot odor, the smell is usually caused by bacteria or excessive sweating. For children combating foot odor, parents should frequently wash their feet with antibacterial soap. Additionally, children should always wear clean socks and switch footwear consistently.

If excessive sweating becomes a problem, it may help to wash the child’s shoes once in a while. Always make sure that shoes don’t fit too tightly, which could also be the cause of excessive sweating. Keep in mind that topical antiperspirant medicine may be a useful alternative if the above suggestions fail.

All parents need to care for their children’s feet. If your child needs foot treatment, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will care for your child’s foot needs.

How to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy

Throughout childhood, it is very crucial for children to have and maintain good health and proper care of their feet. With good foot health starting at an early age, foot problems and diseases can be prevented in the future. As children continue to develop so do their feet, and require different techniques of care and maintenance.

Even though babies do not begin walking until later stages, their feet should be taken care of properly:

  • Stay away from socks that are too tight for your baby’s feet. This can cause pain and allow less circulation
  • Encourage your baby to move their feet as much as possible so they feel comfortable with them

When your baby begins to learn how to walk, do not panic if they are unsteady on their feet. Toddlers are just getting used to the way in which their feet work so wobbliness is completely acceptable.

When your child grows out of their toddler years, here are a few steps they should take to stay with good health within their feet:

  • Practice proper hygiene with them
  • Be observant of any injuries that might occur

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A study printed in Arthritis and Rheumatology suggests that cherries can serve as a preventive measure against recurring flare-ups in gout patients. The study involved 633 patients who were monitored for almost a year. Scientists focused on of how frequently the patients developed flare-ups and tried to correlate their cherry and cherry extract consumption. Surprisingly, the scientists came to the conclusion that there was a 35% reduced risk of having a gout attack within the two day period post cherry consumption.

Gout can be a debilitating, painful experience. If you are struggling with pain in your foot or ankle, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can provide aid with your foot and ankle troubles.  

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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Caris-LeVertMichigan State athlete Caris LeVert suffered a stress fracture in his foot. As a result, LaVert required surgery to have his injury repaired. Unfortunately, this means that LaVert will be benched for approximately eight to ten weeks. But, Michigan State coach John Belein is optimistic, saying that “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”

Although he has chosen to return to school, LeVert is among consideration for NBA drafting LeVert is said to be partaking in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy later this summer.

Foot and ankle stress fractures can be painful. If you injured your foot or ankle, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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Painful feet often come with what kind of shoes you’re wearing. If you choose style over comfort, you’re in the majority and it comes with a cost, according to WRIC Newsroom. Shoes come in a variety of colors, heel height, style and consumers like Alaini Smoot can’t seem to get enough of them.

"I adore shoes," says the 17-year-old as she browses through the aisles at Saxon Shoes in Short Pump. Smoot estimates she has more pairs than she can count on her two hands. "Every shoe I go for is going to be fun and cute."

Saxon Shoes President Gary Weiner says "When they like something, they really want it. Sometimes size goes out the window."  That’s when complications of the feet, like bunions and foot pain may develop.  

Bunions are a common problem. If you have bunions, see one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form
  • Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
  • Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

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Since 2002, Deborah Cole Thomas has struggled with osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles. As a result of her condition, the 60 year old needed multiple surgeries and requires pain medication on a constant basis.

Fortunately, The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients in situations similar to Thomas. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team using 3D printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to their research, the artificial joints just might be more effective than the metal and plastic joints that are used now.

Like Thomas, some people need foot surgery for their podiatric conditions. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult one of our six podiatrists at Berks Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, Inc. Our podiatrists can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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