Thursday, 20 June 2024 00:00

Embrace the great outdoors with confidence and comfort! Whether you're hiking, jogging, or exploring nature, Custom Orthotics are your perfect companion. Tailored to your foot's unique needs, they provide stability on uneven terrains and cushioning for those longer adventures. Don't let foot discomfort limit your outdoor experiences. With Custom Orthotics, every step is supported and secure. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate running shoes is critical for enhancing performance and preventing injuries. For road running, lightweight shoes with ample cushioning and support are ideal to handle the repetitive impact on hard surfaces. Trail running requires shoes with rugged outsoles and enhanced grip to navigate uneven terrain and provide stability. For those focused on speed and competition, racing flats offer a lightweight design that maximizes speed and responsiveness. Cross-training shoes are versatile, offering stability and support for various workouts, including running on multiple surfaces. Minimalist shoes, designed to mimic barefoot running, promote natural foot movement and can strengthen foot muscles over time. Each type of shoe caters to specific needs and running conditions, making it essential to choose the right pair for your running style and goals. If you have endured a foot injury from wearing the wrong type of shoes, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you relief options, in addition to discussing what type of shoes best fit your running needs.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Daniel Mendoza, DPM from Nashville Podiatry. 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 our office located in Hendersonville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 13 June 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that provide support and relief for various foot-related conditions. Signs that you might need custom orthotics include persistent foot pain, abnormal foot structure, or issues with gait and posture. These inserts can help with conditions like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, bunions, and arthritis by providing better alignment and pressure distribution. Walking without proper support can lead to significant pain, affecting your overall mobility and quality of life. The three main types of custom orthotics are soft, rigid, and semi-rigid. Soft orthotics are made from cushioned materials, offering relief for arthritis and diabetes by providing maximum shock absorption. Rigid orthotics, crafted from harder materials like plastic or carbon fiber, are designed to control motion and are often used to treat pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back. Semi-rigid orthotics combine elements of both, offering support and flexibility, making them suitable for athletes and active individuals. If you are experiencing ongoing foot pain or discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine if custom orthotics are right for you. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts are not just for cushioning the soles; they are about supporting the foundation of our body - our feet. The advantages extend far beyond immediate relief from discomfort. These personalized solutions, that Our doctor can prescribe, can significantly impact a person’s posture, alleviate pain in various parts of the body, and even enhance athletic performance.

As we lace up our shoes each day, having the right support can make a world of difference. Custom orthotics are like tailored suites for our feet, offering a bespoke solution to address our unique biomechanical needs. They provide stability where it is lacking, correct imbalances, and ensure that every step is a confident and pain-free one. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts offer long-term health benefits. By addressing issues such as overpronation or underpronation, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, etc. orthotics can help prevent injuries and mitigate the progression of existing conditions. It’s an investment not just in the present, but in the future health of your feet and consequently, your overall well-being. 

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Hendersonville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Toe fractures can occur due to various reasons, such as stubbing, dropping heavy objects, or even sports injuries. The impact can cause the toe bone to break, leading to pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking. Individuals may experience tenderness, bruising, and sometimes even a visible deformity depending on the severity of the fracture. To evaluate toe fractures, podiatrists may perform physical examinations and order X-rays to determine the type and severity of the break. Treatment options range from simple rest and elevation to immobilization using splints, buddy taping, or wearing a special shoe. In severe cases or for fractures that involve displaced bones, surgery may be necessary to realign and stabilize the bones. If you have a broken toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment to facilitate optimal healing and prevent complications. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Daniel Mendoza, DPM from Nashville Podiatry. 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 our office located in Hendersonville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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