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July 2024

For ballet dancers, strong and flexible feet are essential for mastering intricate movements with precision and grace. Various foot stretches and exercises can help strengthen the muscles and improve the articulation of the feet. Using a hair elastic around the toes to create resistance while pointing and flexing helps develop intrinsic foot muscles. Thera bands provide resistance for exercises such as ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion, enhancing ankle stability and strength. Towel scrunches, where dancers use their toes to gather a hand towel, target the muscles of the feet and toes. Practicing tennis ball massages can alleviate tension and promote flexibility in the arches. Exercises like doming, toe teasers, and piano toes engage different foot muscles, enhancing overall strength and control. If you have injured your foot due to ballet moves, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment and guide you toward additional stretching techniques.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 15 July 2024 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Cracked Heels and Diabetes

Diabetes, a chronic condition marked by high blood sugar levels, can significantly affect foot health, leading to complications such as cracked heels. Diabetes impairs circulation and causes neuropathy, which reduces sensation in the feet. This lack of sensation makes it harder to notice dry skin and small cracks, allowing them to worsen unnoticed. Cracked heels occur when the skin surrounding the heels becomes dry and thickens, leading to fissures that can be painful and prone to infection. Poor blood circulation in diabetic patients further hampers the healing process, increasing the risk of complications. To prevent and treat cracked heels, maintain proper foot hygiene and moisturize daily, focusing on the heels. Avoid soaking feet too long, as this can dry out the skin further. Wear supportive, well-fitting shoes to reduce pressure on the heels, and regularly inspect feet for cracks or sores. For persistent or severe cases of cracked heels, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide specialized care and recommend appropriate treatments.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Inside ankle pain, or medial ankle pain, can result from several common causes. One frequent cause is posterior tibial tendonitis, where inflammation affects the tendon supporting the arch. Another potential cause is tarsal tunnel syndrome, a condition involving the compression of the tibial nerve. Medial ankle sprains, typically less common than lateral sprains, can also lead to significant pain and swelling. Preventing inside ankle pain involves strengthening the ankle muscles and tendons through exercises and stretches. Wearing properly fitted, supportive footwear can also help maintain proper alignment and reduce strain. Additionally, avoiding overuse and allowing adequate rest between activities can prevent tendonitis and other overuse injuries. If pain persists, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and prevention strategies.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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