Posts for: March, 2014

The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is collaborating with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to collect athletic shoes for children that may not otherwise be able to afford them. The goal of this movement is to help children enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle.

According to NIACC Physical Therapist Assistant Club president Ben Back, the groups also hope the project will help make the public more aware of the amount of children in need in America. “A lot of us take for granted having five, ten, 15 pairs of shoes in our closet,” Back said, “where as some are at a disadvantage to not have that many pairs of shoes and new pair of shoes might be a big deal.”

Keeping children’s feet healthy is important for all parents and guardians to consider. In order to keep up with your child’s podiatric health, have him or her pay a visit to podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

·         Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet

·         Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) had researchers studying how the biomechanics of the feet are affected by different shoes. The researchers hope to aid shoe manufacturers in creating footwear that best benefits the wearers. The technology that went into the study included fairly complex optical motion capture systems, electromyography sensors, and recording equipment to measure how test subjects walked depending on the type of shoe they wore.  

“With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters were more closely linked to the comfort perceived by the user,” said Josep Maria Font, head of the study and leader of UPC’s biomechanical research unit.

Knowing about the foot’s biomechanics can help you know your own body. For more information, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can educate you further and even measure your own biomechanics.  

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics
-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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In a study published by The Journal of Clinical Endorinology & Metabolism, researchers assigned diabetic patients who struggled with ulcers polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN), a tissue repair drug, for 3 days a week for 8 weeks.  Of the 216 participants, 37.7 percent of the group that was administered the drug achieved complete wound healing after 2 months.

“This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina in Gazzi Messina, Italy said. “Foot ulcers are a dangerous and expensive complication for people with diabetes, and current treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are costly and can have side effects.”

Diabetes can take a toll on its victims, especially in the lower extremity. If you or a loved one is diabetic, come and see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care, who is here to help. Dr. Tedesco can examine your feet and treat any symptoms you may be experiencing

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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MLB player Rudy Owens’sustained a mysterious stress fracture in his left foot last year, undergoing surgery so the injury doesn’t get worse.  “Even when I first started feeling it, it never hurt when I pitched — only when I’d run,” Owens said involving last year. “I tell people I was in the rodeo and I got stepped on by a bull. Other than that I don’t know, it just happened, I guess stress fracture.”

 “Foot’s good,” Owens said post-surgery. “I mean, it’s getting there. It gets sore sometimes when I run. I take a few days off of running and it feels good again. So I mean, it’s just up and down with the soreness. But pitching wise, there’s no pain.”

A stress fracture can happen unexpectedly. If you injured your foot or ankle, podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care is here to help. Dr. Tedesco can examine your foot or ankle and make the proper diagnosis and treatment.

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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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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