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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   corns   calluses   gait   sprains  

Our feet are extremely important to our everyday lifestyles. They help us get to and fro, allow us to participate in sports and support our entire body when standing. We use our feet all the time. Over time they begin to suffer because of it.

One of the most common and influential positions that a foot can suffer from is the stance. When a person is standing still, your feet are getting pressure from two sources. The first source is the body weight of the person. The second is the heel to ground contact. The stance is one of the biggest causes of foot pain.

When walking, an individual’s gait (or the way they walk) also has a major impact on their overall foot health. The gait has three movements and the one that causes the most problems is known as the contact. This is when the foot meets the ground. All of the weight of the individual as well as the impact from heel to ground happens in this one jarring movement. As it repeats over and over, it can cause extensive damage.

Another cause of foot pain is standing in one position for too long. This can cause blood to accumulate in one area of the foot. It can also cause blood flow to lessen for the feet. This overall strain can cause varicose veins and other vascular disorders.

Although standing in one spot is not the best, always moving around also can be detrimental to your foot health and cause foot pain. The stress on the foot and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, sprains and tears. It can also cause other foot conditions such as calluses, corns, and tired feet.

Our feet are in constant use. Although we can’t always prevent them from getting injured, we can take steps to decrease the likelihood. Take the leap and see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what is causing your foot pain. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Cut that pain out of your life.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   gait   stance  

Millions of people across the world use their feet to stay mobile. They use them to bike, hike, run, leap and walk. It is a very important means of transportation that people have been using for thousands of years. Without the ability to walk a person is severely limited in their daily lives. Many people who are unable to walk have to seek assistance from others. So how does walking work? 

The way we walk is also called our gait. Our gait is made up of two essential parts that come together and make one fluid motion. This motion is also known as biomechanics. The two parts that make up our gait are stance and swing.

Stance is when our feet are firmly planted on the ground. The heel first strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and moves forward. The forefoot and toes then hit the ground. This action gives us stability and balance.

The second piece of our gait is known as the swing. The swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is essentially the point when your foot is in midair and moving forward. It then comes back down to bring you into the stance position.

All together our stance and our swing make up out gait. Everyone has a different gait. Some swing their hips more, while others are more rigid in their walk. Some people have a limp and others use orthotics to help stabilize them. Not everyone’s gait is made the same. Sometimes if a person relies too heavily on one foot as opposed to the other, certain foot and ankle problems can occur. It is important to have a gait that is even and equal overall. If the gait is not even and equal, other parts of the body such as the knees, hips and back, will begin to hurt and suffer. You could also suffer from bunions, spurs, and other deformities.

If you think that you have an unusual gait, it is important to call a podiatrist right away so that they can examine and better assist you. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help you get your gait straight. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.