Flat feet is a term used to describe a specific foot type. Flat foot is exactly what you might think it mean, when your medial arch collapses when you are standing up; allowing the complete sole of your foot touch the ground.
Problems Associated with Flat Feet
Often people with flat feet have ankle and knee pains or injury because this foot type is not the ideal alignment of your legs. This leads to unstableness and increase stress on the joints and soft tissue surrounding it, including ligaments and tendons. People with flat feet can often have aches and pains in the heel and the arch of their feet, along with swelling on the inside of their ankles.
Surgery to fix Flat Feet
There are many way to surgically correct flat feet. First you need to address all three planes that are affected; frontal, saggital and transverse. To correct the frontal plane you can cut into the heel bone and slide the posterior slice of bone medially to help change the pull of the Achilles tendon to help bring up that medial part of the arch. To fix the saggital plane deformity, you can take out a wedge of the top side of the medial cuneiform bone, in the midtarsal. To correct the transverse plane deformity you can take portion of the navicular tuberosity off and reattach the posterior tibial tendon plantar and distal to the anatomical insertion. Here are just a few options that would be considered to surgically correct a flat foot.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about flat feet, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our 3 locations in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot and ankle concerns; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!
College football just ended, congrats to the Ohio State Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer on his victory. Only a few games left for the NFL. One may wonder how important the health of a quarterback is when it comes to these playoff games. Can having one night out with the boys at the bar hinder his performance on the field in a few days? How about someone weighing in at 307 lbs...
Ndamukong Suh recently won his appeal that resulted from the incident where he stepped on Aaron Rodger's (Green bay Packer's Quarterback) ankle. It was an accident, where the temperature was really cold and caused numbness in his feet. This created a loss on sensation where Suh was not aware of what he was standing on.
Depending on the force of the step, the average person's step pressure is 3x their weight. Therefore, Suh may have applied up to 921lbs of pressure on Rodger's ankle! Do you think this could affect the Packers playoff chances against the defending champions, Seattle Seahawks?? Or maybe Rodgerswill visit his local podiatrist to get fitted for an ankle brace!
At Frederick Foot & Ankle we fit many of our patients with different kinds of support braces. From fractured ankles to tendonitis, gait instability and flat feet; these are just a few reasons for a trip to your podiatrist.
Come see us at Frederick Foot & Ankle. We have 3 locations: one in Urbana in the FMH building, and two in Frederick on Thomas Johnson Drive. Our newest location, 141 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 170, has a state of the art Physical Therapy suite and will soon open an on-sight surgical center.
We look forward to seeing you, and to solving all of your foot and ankle needs!
By Nikki Ho
Giving back this Holiday Season
What are you doing to help fight the bulge, this Thanksgiving? With each approaching holiday season there is a sense of urgency to keep off all those extra lbs. from all the seasonal parties! Well this year how about your give back to the community, when you are fighting those excess pounds!
Every year Frederick County, MD hosts a Turkey Trot, 1k and a 5k races that help those in need. Thanksgiving morning people gather in the streets of historic downtown Frederick and race around Baker’s Park, in efforts to burn off some extra calories, in anticipation for Thanksgiving dinner. With each year this race becomes bigger and bigger, no thousands are expected to turn out. The events are not limited to adults only; many of your younger patients participate in the 1k, fun run!
The Friends of Way Station
The Way Station is a non- profit dedicated to helping adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance addictions; children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges; and veterans with service needs. For the past 30 years, the Way Stations have been aiding others through the principles of recovery and perseverance and are committed to providing evidence-based, consumer-driven, and family-focused services; such as to assist then with their daily living, housing and employment goals.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health, in order to participate in the Turkey Trot, don’t hesitate! Come into the offices of Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
Tired Feet and Legs holding you back from Last Minute Shopping?
The holidays are here, but there is still time for those last minute shoppers to get in a few more deals! Unless you are shopping from the luxury of your computer, your feet and legs must endure those long lines waiting to buy those special gifts. Hours and hours walking in search of the perfect gift and then standing in line to buy it can be painful.
"Shop until you drop"
That phrase is taking a whole new meaning this time of year! Depending on where you are shopping inside or outside at the outlets standing in long lines in the cold can be mentally exhausting and physically draining on your feet; which might cause you feet and legs to get really cold and start to feel numb. After a long day of holiday shopping your muscles in your arch can become fatigued and tired. This feeling is caused by the flattening of your arch when walking or standing for long periods of time. Thus, much of your foot aches and pains can be generally avoided with the use of arch supports and wearing good supportive shoes.
We advise to all of our patients to take preventative measures to avoid foot and ankle woes from ruining your holiday shopping. First, pick out proper footwear for the day’s events. If you are coming straight from work make sure you switch into a pair of comfortable shoes with good arch supports i.e. custom made orthoses or orthotics; in some cases, regular over the counter inserts can do the job. If you are wearing flats or heels make sure you have an insole in these shoes to lower the impact when walking or standing. These types of shoes tend to provide less support.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health during the last minute holiday shopping rush don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
New Years Resolutions
As we celebrate the end of a year we also have time to reflect on what we can improve on for the next year to come. Whether, we focus on new career milestones, reaching new fitness goals or just being a healthier person overall. Each new year, we encourage all of our patients to reach a high fitness level and we also want you to do it in a healthy way.
New Exercise Routine
A lot of New Year goals focus on weight loss; however, these can be achieved through eating healthier and living a more active lifestyle. In order to lose weight and keep it off, dieting is not enough; it truly is a lifestyle change. Try to avoid snacking between meals, especially junk food i.e. candy and fried foods. New workout routines, should be started slowly as you get more accustomed to the routine gradually increase the intensity and duration. By starting new exercise routines too quickly at an intensity or duration that your body isn’t used to, may increase your chances of injury. Especially, foot and ankle injuries such as ankle sprains, stress fractures, and muscle strains. Sometimes weight loss and weight gain can the direct source of foot and ankle pain.
Annual Doctors Appointments
Also keeping annual doctors’ appointments will keep injuries at bay. At your annual checkup we can evaluate anything that might be bothering you, each achy and sore that you might be experiencing after starting your new workout routine might turn into a sidelining injury. We encourage all of our patients on visiting us sooner rather than later for any ailment as opposed assuming it'll heal through time on its own.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health, to prepare you for your new year’s resolutions, don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
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