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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot problems and the fear of falling are significant concerns for individuals managing diabetes. Diabetes can lead to various complications, including neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, or PAD, which affect sensation and blood flow to the feet. As a result, individuals with diabetes may experience decreased balance, altered gait, and diminished sensation, increasing their risk of falls. Furthermore, diabetic foot complications, such as foot ulcers and infections, can further impair mobility and increase the fear of falling. The fear of falls can lead to decreased physical activity and social isolation, impacting overall quality of life. To address these concerns effectively, it is suggested that individuals with diabetes include a podiatrist as part of their healthcare team. Podiatrists specialize in foot care and can assess and manage diabetic foot complications, provide preventive measures, and offer guidance to reduce the risk of falls.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, where every second counts and every step matters, the importance of wearing the right shoes cannot be overstated. Medical professionals spend long hours on their feet, navigating through demanding tasks and unpredictable situations. The right footwear provides the necessary support, stability, and comfort to endure the rigors of the medical workplace without compromising on performance or well-being. Wearing ill-fitting or unsuitable shoes can lead to a myriad of issues, from foot pain and discomfort to chronic conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, proper footwear plays a critical role in maintaining hygiene standards, reducing the risk of slips, trips, and falls, and preventing the transmission of contaminants. For these reasons, it is beneficial to Invest in high-quality, supportive shoes that are tailored to the specific demands of the medical environment. Working in the medical field may cause mild or chronic foot pain as a result of standing and walking for several hours. If you have developed a foot condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment solutions, in addition to guiding you in selecting proper footwear.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Strong ankles are vital for runners to maintain stability, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Incorporating specific exercises into your routine can help strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the ankles. Simple exercises like calf raises, where you lift your heels off the ground and lower them back down, target the calf muscles and improve ankle stability. Ankle circles are done by rotating your ankles in both directions, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. Additionally, balance exercises, such as single-leg stands or using a balance board, can enhance proprioception and strengthen the ankle-stabilizing muscles. Strengthening exercises, such as toe curls and marble pickups, focus on the muscles of the foot and can contribute to overall ankle strength and stability. By incorporating these exercises into your regular training regimen, you can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries while enjoying the benefits of running for improved health and fitness. If you have an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat this condition and offer you future running injury prevention tips.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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