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April 2020

If you are afflicted with diabetes, maintaining proper foot care is important in possibly preventing foot ulcers and infections from occurring. Cuts, wounds, and bruises on the feet may heal slower in diabeteic patients, and need to be addressed promptly. The elevated blood sugar levels may initiate a loss of feeling in the feet, and this may cause difficulty in feeling new or existing cuts that have developed on the feet. It is beneficial to practice proper foot care everyday. This consists of gently washing and drying the feet, and checking to ensure there is minimal swelling and redness. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the routine care of a podiatrist who can properly monitor your condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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Runners and Stress Fractures

People who enjoy the sport of running and jogging generally understand they may gradually endure a stress fracture. This is considered to be a hairline fracture of the bones in the feet, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. One way a stress fracture may develop is from consistent running. Swelling and bruising may be additional symptoms, and the impacted foot can benefit by frequently resting. This typically means that running is ceased for a significant amount of time as the healing process occurs. The first signs of a developing stress fracture may be ignored, but will eventually worsen unless it is promptly treated. If you feel you have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with correct treatment options.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Research has indicated the chances may increase for children who are obese to have difficulty in walking. The feet may be affected by the additional weight, and this may cause the gait to change. Additionally, it may be more difficult for overweight children to balance, possibly as a result of weakened muscles in the feet. Flat feet is common among obese children. This may lead to general fatigue in the body, and it can become difficult to maintain activity levels. If you would like more information about how obesity can affect your children’s feet, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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

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Research has indicated that there are many benefits of running. People who enjoy this sport are often aware of the positive aspects cardiovascular exercise can provide. These may include producing endorphins, keeping the heart and body healthy, and shedding excess weight. Many runners know the importance of warming up before and after a run, as this may be helpful in preventing running injuries. Achilles tendonitis is a common running injury. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel, and can become quite painful if it becomes torn or injured. This type of injury can possibly be prevented by performing heel raises, and this may be beneficial in strengthening the calves. Additionally, patients may experience plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the portion of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. A common prevention technique can include wearing shoes that fit correctly, and practicing specific foot stretches. If you would like additional information about how running injuries can affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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