Biomechanical Foot Problems Q & A
At Magdalena Blasko DPM, INC, Our Podiatrists Are Experts in Identifying Potential Alignment Issues in The Feet and Legs Enabling Us to Identify Potential Problems Before Deformities or Injuries Occur. By Assessing Your Foot Size and Shape & Alignment While Standing, Walking and Running We Can Properly Identify Potential Hazards and Correct Them Before They Become an Issue. Call Us at (415) 212-7740 to Book an Biomechanical Treatment in San Francisco, CA.
Biomechanical Foot Treatment Q & A
Biomechanical problems cause issues with the motion of your foot. Often, the problem radiates to the rest of your body since your feet affect how you walk and move. This means you could experience pain in other parts of your body because of biomechanical issues with your feet. Magdalena Blasko provides biomechanical treatment in San Francisco, CA for those suffering from motion discomfort.
Types of Biomechanical Foot Issues
One type of biomechanical foot issue is a fallen arch. Most people have a dip in the bottom of their foot, which is known as their arch. Fallen Arches occur because the tendons in your foot and lower leg pull apart and aren’t able to support the foot anymore. This causes the foot to appear flat or have a very little arch, which can cause pain and discomfort.
You could have over-pronation, which is when your foot is completely flat because your arch collapsed. It causes a great deal of pain and discomfort, especially since it can lead to Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or tendonitis.
Supination is another biomechanical issue of the foot. Generally, it’s a condition you inherit. Normally, a person’s foot rolls slightly inward, but if you have supination, your foot rolls to the outside. This puts a great deal of stress on your outer toe and the outside of your foot. Unfortunately, a problem like supination can cause misalignments in other parts of your body as well. As a result, you may have back, hip, knee, or ankle pain.
Causes of Biomechanical Foot Problems
Sometimes, people are born with a biomechanical problem in their foot. Patients can also be genetically pre-dispositioned to develop these problems. In addition, it’s possible for a patient to develop a problem in their feet as a result of their lifestyle choices. For instance, if you don’t wear proper footwear, it can lead to the tendons in your foot weakening. People who are overweight are more likely to experience these problems because of the excess pressure they’re placing on their feet.
Diagnosing Biomechanical Foot Problems
The first step of the diagnostic process is to evaluate your foot. We look for visible signs that you put pressure on the opposite side of your foot as well as signs your arch has fallen. At this point, we’ll ask you about any pain and discomfort you may have and how bad it is. Additionally, our podiatrist may ask you to walk, so she can evaluate your gait for any abnormalities. Typically, this is enough to diagnose biomechanical issues in your feet. Rarely are any other diagnostics necessary.
Treatment for Biomechanical Issues
Part of the treatment for biomechanical issues with your feet incorporates patient education. Our podiatrist informs you of the different footwear options you have available that’ll help with comfort. Lightweight shoes with plenty of extra space and cushioning can help. When you’re running, it’s important to wear a pair of sneakers designed for your particular foot condition.
Magdalena Blasko can make you a custom orthotic to support your foot adequately. Magdalena Blasko may fit you for a brace to provide additional support if orthotics won’t support the foot enough. She may guide you through a series of exercises to strengthen and stretch the soft tissue in your feet. Generally, people don’t require surgery for biomechanical problems in their feet since physical therapy and orthotics are usually sufficient.
Schedule an appointment with Magdalena Blasko for your biomechanical foot treatment by calling (415) 212-7740.