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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

In the intricate dance of running, the harmony between foot bones and muscles orchestrates efficient movement and propulsion. The foot's 26 bones form a dynamic framework, absorbing impact forces and providing stability. As the foot strikes the ground, the bones distribute weight evenly, while the arches act as natural shock absorbers, cushioning the impact. Meanwhile, a complex network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments orchestrates movement. The calf muscles, including the gastrocnemius and soleus, contract to propel the body forward, while the muscles of the foot and ankle, such as the tibialis anterior and posterior, stabilize the foot and control its motion. Additionally, intrinsic foot muscles fine-tune balance and control, ensuring precise movements with each stride. Through this intricate interplay, the bones and muscles of the foot synchronize seamlessly, enabling runners to achieve efficiency, speed, and endurance, while minimizing the risk of injury. If you have endured a foot injury while running, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment methods.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 structures. It 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 in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis, a term encompassing various inflammatory joint conditions, can significantly impact foot health, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. One common type is osteoarthritis, characterized by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints, leading to bone-on-bone friction and discomfort. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, targets the synovial lining of joints, including those in the feet, resulting in inflammation and joint deformities. Another prevalent form of arthritis is gout, caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, often affecting the big toe and causing sudden, severe pain. Additionally, psoriatic arthritis, associated with the skin condition psoriasis, can affect the feet, causing joint inflammation, swelling, and nail changes. Each type of arthritis presents unique challenges and requires tailored management strategies to alleviate symptoms and preserve foot function. If you have been afflicted by arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the type is, and offer effective treatment strategies.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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