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Wednesday, 21 February 2024 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Gait analysis is a valuable tool for runners, regardless of their experience level. It helps runners understand their running style, which is essential for selecting the right shoes. The primary focus of gait analysis is assessing pronation, which is how the foot rolls during walking and running. Pronation acts as a natural shock absorber, distributing impact forces. Gait analysis matches pronation type with appropriate shoe types to counterbalance overpronation or under pronation, reducing injury risk and enhancing running efficiency. It helps choose between neutral or stability, supportive running shoes and identifies inefficiencies in foot, leg, and body movements that may lead to injuries or affect performance. Gait analysis can also identify other issues, such as slow cadence, heel striking, lack of core strength, and flexibility problems. Addressing these issues through strength-building, flexibility work, and proper shoe selection can prevent injuries and improve efficiency. If you are a runner or plan on embarking on running as a new sport, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis and recommendation for the proper type of running shoe for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Children's feet, while seemingly small, play a monumental role in their overall well-being and development. At birth, a baby's foot consists of soft, pliable cartilage that gradually transforms into bone over time. During the early years, proper footwear is vital to accommodate the rapid growth and formation of their delicate arches. It is not uncommon for children's feet to appear flat initially, as arch development continues throughout childhood. Remarkably, a child's foot can grow up to two sizes in a single year, underscoring the need for frequent size checks and footwear updates. Toes may take unexpected twists and turns as kids explore different physical activities and sports. If you are seeking additional information about children’s foot development, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Milos Tomich, DPM of Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

A broken toe, a common injury often overlooked, presents a set of distinct symptoms that warrant attention for prompt diagnosis and care. Persistent pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected toe are primary indicators of a fracture. The injured toe may appear misaligned or take on an unusual shape, signaling structural damage. Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the foot are common challenges experienced with a broken toe. In some cases, a noticeable snapping or popping sound may accompany the injury, indicating the moment of impact or trauma. If you suspect a broken toe, it is essential to seek medical attention for a thorough examination and possibly imaging studies, such as X-rays. Understanding and recognizing these symptoms can expedite the healing process, ensuring proper care and preventing complications associated with untreated broken toes. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer correct treatment options.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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