Items filtered by date: October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Foot Exercises Can Improve Ballet Toe Point

For ballet dancers, a beautifully pointed toe is not just an aesthetic requirement but also a symbol of strength and grace. Achieving a perfect pointe can be challenging, but with dedicated foot exercises, a dancer can enhance her toe point and elevate her dance performance. Begin with a simple flex and point exercise. This is done by sitting or standing with the legs extended. Slowly flex the feet, pulling the toes toward the shins, followed by pointing your toes as far as possible. Repeating this motion can help to improve flexibility and control. A resistance band flex consists of placing a resistance band around your foot and gently flex against the band's resistance. This exercise strengthens the muscles that control toe movement. An effective foot exercise is known as the marble stretch. By placing marbles on the floor and picking them up with your toes you can help to strengthen the intrinsic muscles of your feet. Additionally, writing the alphabet in the air using your big toe can be beneficial in improving toe dexterity and control. Consistent practice of these foot exercises will gradually improve your toe point and enhance performance. It is important to stretch and warm up before attempting these exercises to prevent injury. If you would like more information about how to improve your toe strength, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2023 00:00

Exploring the Bones and Muscles Within Our Feet

The human foot is a remarkable structure, consisting of a complex interplay of bones and muscles that enable us to walk, run, and maintain our balance. Understanding the intricate anatomy of our feet is essential to appreciate their vital role in our daily lives. At the core of the foot's structure are 26 bones, accounting for approximately one-quarter of the bones in the body. These bones are categorized into three groups that are known as the tarsal bones in the rearfoot, the metatarsal bones in the midfoot, and the phalanges in the toes. They work in harmony, forming arches and joints that provide flexibility and support. Complementing this skeletal framework are over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These intricate networks of tissues are responsible for the precise movements of our feet, enabling us to shift our weight, maintain balance, and perform various tasks with finesse. From the powerful calf muscles that control plantarflexion to the intrinsic muscles of the feet that fine-tune our movements, this symphony of bones and muscles ensures that our feet are not just sturdy and resilient but also incredibly versatile. It is enlightening to pause for a moment as a step is taken, which may help to appreciate the intricate biomechanics at play within your feet, allowing you to navigate the world with grace and ease. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting facts about foot structure.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Sesamoid Problems

The sesamoid bones are two small, round bones located beneath the big toe joint, embedded within a tendon. While these bones are essential for foot function, they are susceptible to various issues. One common cause of sesamoid problems is excessive pressure or repetitive stress, often seen in athletes, particularly those engaging in activities like running, dancing, or ballet. High-heeled shoes can also put extra pressure on these bones, leading to discomfort. Injuries, such as a direct blow to the sesamoids or a forceful hyperextension of the big toe, can result in fractures or inflammation. Additionally, foot structure abnormalities like a high arch or a pronated foot can increase the risk of sesamoiditis. Conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout can contribute to sesamoid issues by affecting the surrounding joints. Wearing proper footwear, orthotic support, and rest are often essential components of treatment, while severe cases may require surgical intervention. If you have pain under the big toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Common Causes of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a prevalent fungal infection that primarily affects the feet. It is essential to understand the causes behind this bothersome condition for effective prevention and treatment. One leading cause is the fungus trichophyton, which thrives in warm, damp environments. Walking barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers, can expose you to this fungus. Sharing towels, shoes, or socks with an infected person can also facilitate its spread. Sweaty feet create an ideal environment for fungal growth, making individuals with hyperhidrosis more susceptible. Wearing tight, non-breathable shoes can exacerbate the issue, trapping moisture and promoting fungal development. Certain underlying medical conditions, including weakened immunity or diabetes, can also increase the risk of athlete's foot. Preventing athlete's foot involves maintaining good foot hygiene, keeping feet dry, and choosing breathable footwear. If you suspect you have athlete's foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment options that can effectively manage this condition. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Plantar Fibromatosis

The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous tissue in the foot that helps maintain the arch. Plantar fibromas typically affect the medial and central bands of the plantar fascia. This condition, also known as Ledderhose disease, is rare and is characterized by the formation of nodules on the plantar fascia of the foot. It is more common in middle-aged men and can be associated with other fibrous tissue disorders. These nodules can cause pain and even disability. Diagnosis is primarily clinical, but imaging tests such as an MRI and ultrasound can be helpful. Treatment options include conservative measures and surgical intervention. Symptoms include slow growing nodules on the arch of the foot, which can become painful and affect walking. Physical examination is essential for diagnosis, and imaging can confirm the condition. Conservative treatments include steroid injections, oral medications, radiation therapy, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy. These aim to reduce pain and nodule size. Surgical options may be considered for pain relief, but recurrence is possible. If you are suffering from any sort of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and individualized treatment.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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