CherThe world famous Cher will undergo surgery to correct a fracture she sustained in the late 1990s. The 67 year old singer shared with her fans that she sustained a compound fracture 16 years ago when a piece of equipment fell off the wall during rehearsals and “crushed” her foot.

Currently, Cher says that when she dons high-heels, she has difficulty as a result of her injury. Cher was last spotted wearing stilettos on a recent appearance as guest judge on “Dancing With the Stars.”  "Last night, was last night to wear heels till after operation...so...I bit the bullet and wore them...Heaven and pain, but worth it...six weeks till I`m running around on stilettos(sic)!" she tweeted on Tuesday.

Foot surgery may be a necessary when all other options and treatments have been exhausted. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Darlo Vander Wilt of Family Foot Health Specialists. Dr. Vander Wilt can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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BiomechanicsSun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan has worked to gauge the ankle’s stiffness with the aid of a robotic development called the AnkleBot. The AnkleBot works by attaching a robot mounted to a knee brace to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject motions his or her ankle, the robot moves the foot along in directions within the ankle’s normal range of motion. This helps in understanding the ankle’s biomechanics.

Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help treat patients that suffer from motor disorders and in the future could even lead to the creation of safer footwear. For now the Anklebot is being used to help patients regain their mobility.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like as Dr. Darlo Vander Wilt of Family Foot Health Specialists. Dr. Vander Wilt can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care
-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.

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Geriatric PodiatryResearch conducted by Lois Kim of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that women in their 60’s and 70’s who managed a healthy lifestyle were less susceptible to conditions such as arthritis and heart disease.

 Kim studied over 2500 elderly women and found the group who regularly exercised was almost half as likely to develop arthritis in their later years, while those who smoked had a higher likelihood to get heart conditions. These factors, along with alcohol consumption and daily fruit intake, were found to affect the chances of developing a disability for about 17% of older women.

Maintaining proper foot health once you get older is very crucial to a healthy life. If you are experiencing any foot problems seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Darlo Vander Wiltof Family Foot Health Specialists. Dr. Vander Wilt can examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments available.

Geriatrics and Podiatry

When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or anything else that may seem irregular.

Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. So wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health can also lead to good circulation which is paramount to overall health.

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Professional football player Donovin Darius, once a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, says that most football players improve the strength of their feet through the same type of training.

According to Darius, toe curls done while sitting can improve the fitness of your ankles, while standing on your toes repeatedly is good exercise for your calves. Another exercise he suggests is the Machine Gun, which involves picking your feet up and down rapidly without moving for about 15-20 seconds. The last major routine he said football players usually do is any number of multiple drills on a quick foot ladder.

It’s important to exercise your feet and legs whether you’re an athlete or not. Visit a podiatrist like Dr. Darlo Vander Wilt of Family Foot Health Specialists for advice on how to keep your feet in good shape.

Exercise for Your Feet
Whether your feet are over-worked or under-worked, chances are they could benefit from some special attention. Even those who exercise regularly probably do not spend any time strengthening their feet. This can be just as rewarding as strengthening the rest of the body, since the health of your feet affects the health of the rest of the body as well, especially the ankles, legs, and spine.

For those who might not have any idea on how a foot-specific exercise might be conducted, there are several workouts that are fairly easy to perform in the comfort of ones’ home. One of the easiest is the toe rise, also known as the tip-toe. This exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 then resting the feet on the ground. This process should be repeated a minimum of three times a day in order to strengthen the feet.

Toe pick-ups strengthen the feet by working them in a very different way. In this exercise, small items are picked up using the toes in order to strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Once again three sets should be performed, with the item in question being held for 15 seconds then dropped.

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David QuessenberryNFL player David Quessenberry will be off the field for the season after sustaining a broken foot. The offensive guard had suffered the injury during practice. Quessenberry later tweeted on Twitter “sometimes these unfortunate things happen. I love this game and this team. I will be back in no time and strong as ever.”

In the meantime, the Texans may use defensive end Antonio Smith. Even on the bench, however, the newcomer continues to keep up his team spirit while hopefully returning next season.

A broken foot can place a burden on your participation in sports and your active lifestyle. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Darlo Vander Wilt of Family Foot Health Specialists. Dr. Vander Wilt can examine your broken foot, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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