OC Feet News
We are very excited to announce the opening of our new Tustin Office! Our new Tustin Office address is 2492 Walnut Ave., Suite 220. We will continue to see patients in our Fullerton office as well! It took a lot of hard work by our entire team to make this happen. We look forward to seeing you there! Please come by and say hello!!!
Testimonial from patient John Force 16-time NHRA World Champion. Dr Bennett, of Orange County Foot & Ankle Group corrected his left foot, after he experienced years of pain.
Below is a photo of John Force and Dr. Bennett just after surgery.
The American Heart Association kicks off a month long celebration designed to help people get more active with National Walking Day, the first Wednesday in April.
Walking is the first step in getting active. In fact brisk walking lowers your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running.
So take the first step, and check out the AMA’s website for everything you need to know about walking from just starting out, to preventing injury to tips on finding the right shoes.
Tip! Walking with friends is a great way to stay motivated.
If you feel any foot/ankle pain, make an appointment with us today to get walking sooner!
Is foot pain ruining your golf swing? The barrier to a perfect golf swing could lie in your big toe. Or your heel. Or on the ball of your foot. Jonathan Bennett, DPM, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), says these are the three areas of your feet most likely to cause pain that can ruin your golf swing.
Behind these pain-prone spots can lie stiff joints, stretched-out tissues and even nerve damage. But pain relief is possible and frequently does not require surgery.
According to Dr. Bennett, the three most common painful foot conditions that can ruin your golf swing are heel pain, arthritis and pinched nerves.
Arthritis can cause pain in the joint of your big toe that makes it difficult to follow-through on your golf swing.
Heel pain typically results from an inflammation of the band of tissue that extends from your heel to the ball of your foot. People with this condition compare the pain to someone jabbing a knife in their heel. Heel pain can make it uncomfortable for golfers to maintain a solid stance during crucial portions of their golf swing.
Neuromas, according to FootHealthFacts.org, are nerves that become thickened, enlarged and painful because they’ve been compressed or irritated. A neuroma in the ball of your foot can cause significant pain as your body transfers its weight from one foot to the other in a golf swing.
Several other painful conditions can also cause instability during your swing. Some athletes and former athletes develop chronic ankle instability from previous ankle sprains that failed to heal properly. Motion-limiting arthritis and Achilles tendonitis can also affect your balance. Ill-fitting golf shoes may cause corns and calluses that make standing uncomfortable.
For the majority of golfers and other patients Dr. Bennett recommends simple treatments such as custom orthotic devices (shoe inserts), stretching exercises, changes to your shoes, medications, braces or steroid injections and physical therapy. However, if these conservative measures fail to provide adequate relief, surgery may be required.
“Foot pain is not normal. With the treatment options available to your foot and ankle surgeon, a pain-free golf swing is clearly in view,” says Bennett. “When your feet aren’t in top condition, your golf swing won’t be either.”
Don’t let foot injuries keep you from your fitness resolutions in the New Year, by keeping your feet in tip-top shape. Follow these tips for foot safety while at the gym.
Start new workouts gradually
Increase your stamina and the length of your workouts gradually to avoid overuse injuries such as stress fractures or tendon strains and sprains. Stretching your muscles before and after workouts also helps prevent these types of injuries. “If you do feel you’ve sprained your ankle, be sure to seek treatment right away,” Dr. Bennett, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons explains. “Untreated or repeated ankle sprains may lead to chronic ankle instability, a condition that causes persistent pain and a ‘giving way’ of the ankle.”
Wear the right shoe and sock
Wear well-fitting athletic shoes designed for the exercise or sport. According to Dr. Bennett, shoes that don’t support the arch of the foot and provide cushion for the heel can cause heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Shoes that are too small can also cause a neuroma or a thickening of the nerve tissue, in the foot and may require injections, medication or physical therapy. Wearing cotton or non-slip socks are also key to help avoid painful blisters, which can become infected and cause more serious issues.
Use good technique
Improper exercise techniques can result in injury to the tendons or ligaments in your feet and ankles. “Incorrect posture or misuse of exercise equipment can cause decreased stabilization in the foot and ankle, leading to joint sprains and muscle strains,” Dr. Bennett says.
Many gyms offer a free training session to show the basics of good exercise form, and are happy to show proper usage of any of their machines.
Protect yourself from bacteria
Sweaty shoes, public showers, exercise equipment and the pool deck at the gym are breeding grounds for fungus, viruses and bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which has become increasingly more common. Never go barefoot while in public areas; water shoes can provide a great barrier between your feet and the wet surfaces. “It’s also best to cover cuts and cracks in the skin or ingrown toenails since these minor tears in the skin’s surface can act as entry points for bacteria. If you have a cut or scrape that becomes red or swollen and is not healing in a timely manner, don’t hesitate to see a foot and ankle surgeon for an examination,” Dr. Bennett says.
Above all, it’s important to listen to your body. If you experience an injury or pain, call Dr. Bennett’s office at (714) 888-6860 or set an appointment online for an evaluation. To learn more about foot and ankle health topics, visit our Patient Education or the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ website, FootHealthFacts.org.
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