Monthly Archives: October 2012

Flat Feet Forever?

Lots has happen this month on the First Coast; The successful 2012 Southern Women’s Show, Zac Brown Band performing at Veterans Memorial, The Jacksonville Beach Sea and Sky Spectacular, Florida vs. Georgia and lets not forget Halloween 2012!  With all the different events that happened in Jacksonville this October, parents had enough to worry about, but there children’s flat feet does not have to be one of them.

Many parents express concern about the appearance of their children’s feet at a young age.  Children under three years old have many bones that are not fully formed.  This lack of support can give the appearance of a flat foot.  Children may also appear pigeon-toed or walk on the inside of their foot; both can be normal in the very young.

Flat feet, also called pes plannus, can be flexible or rigid.

  • Flexible flatfoot: The foot is flat when the child is weight-bearing, but appears normal when child is non-weight-bearing.
  • Rigid flatfoot: The foot will appear flat, regardless of the child’s position, whether weight-bearing or not.

 

Sometimes flat foot can cause pain in areas other than the feet.  The child may have pain in their ankle, knee, or even hip by changing the way they walk because of their flat feet. Due to the pain and weakness parents may see a decrease in the activity of their child. If you suspect this is happening your child should be evaluated by a podiatrist.  However, with young children, the flexible flatfoot is much more common and generally not something to be too concerned with if it is not bothering them.

If an older child that is closer to skeletal maturity still has a flat foot, then you may want to consider having them wear an orthotic in their shoes.Professionally fitted Orthotics that are placed in the shoe help control the foot’s motion and place it in its proper alignment.  The orthotics also help with common symptoms and deformitiesseen with flat foot including:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Bunions
  • Toe deformities

Getting the foot in correct alignment now can help avoid more serious conditions later on in life. Custom orthotics are the easiest way to prevent problems associated with flat foot and increase walking comfort.

Addressing flat feet today can prevent more serious complications, as the child gets older.  For more information on what’s normal, and what’s not or if you have questions about how First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic can custom fit you or your child’s feet for orthotics, visit our website or contact us today.

Retired Jacksonville Jaguar Fred Taylor Inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars

Despite the Jacksonville Jaguars losing to the Cincinnati Bengals at last Sunday’s game there was a silver lining for First Coast fans.  The official NFL referees are back and Fred Taylor was inducted into the Pride of Jaguars during halftime!  But the last thing any football fan, team, or coach needs at this point in the season is their star football players being injured.  Steve Smith, the veteran wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers missed practice earlier in the season due to an infection in his left foot.  Fortunately Smith was able to play in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

How the foot infection came about still remains a mystery, but there are numerous ways for a foot to become infected, from bacterial to fungal.  Anytime you have an open lesion or a possible opening to the skin such as a blister, or even a bug bite, the wound can become swarmed with bacteria and cause an infection.  Ingrown toenails can also commonly become infected.  Signs of infection include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Drainage
  • Warmth
  • Foul odor

This is especially important for diabetic patients due to the fact that diabetes is a systemic disease which predisposes these patients to infection.  It is crucial that the diabetic patient perform daily foot checks to make sure that they do not have a new wound.  Something of equal importance is to make sure the web-spaces between the toes is dry, since wet, web-spaces can also be a portal of entry to infection.

At First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic, we see many diabetic patients for routine foot checks every three months, as well as treat a multitude of painful ingrown toenails that can potentially lead to infection.  Not only do we prevent the infection, but we can also treat it by prescribing antibiotics to rid your body of those pesky bacteria.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from a possible infection request an appointment today to see what Dr. Vimal Reddy can do for you.