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Eleven-year-old Garrett Bonneville, center, with LaGrange Shriners Ralph Thompson, left, and James Shelnutt in LaGrange after his surgery at a Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, S.C.Flat feet can sometimes be so painful that walking becomes nearly impossible. Such was the case with 11-year-old Garret Bonneville, whose feet were so bad that orthotics in his shoes, braces, and bone surgery did nothing to improve them.

Finally, Garrett’s great-grandmother called the LaGrange Shrine club. The Shrine club is a group that works with non-profit hospitals to get care for children from disadvantaged families. Thanks to the Shrine club, Garrett has already had the corrective surgery he needed on his right foot, and is scheduled to have the procedure done on his left foot soon.

Pronounced cases of flat feet can be hard to live with. If you have flat feet and are in constant discomfort, seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can assess your condition and work with you to determine the best steps to take.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch.

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SesamoiditisAccording to his doctors, AFL prospect Matthew Scharenberg has been diagnosed with sesamoiditis in both of his feet.

Unfortunately this means that Scharenberg, who was to enter the AFL in 2014, has an uncertain future.

Regarding his condition Scharenberg said, "It's sesamoiditis - the sesamoid bone in each foot is just a little inflamed and I've been told to rest," he said. "They (the feet) are not too bad. I'm just giving them a rest at the moment (and) just taking it each week at a time right now." Scharenberg still remains optimistic in spite of his diagnosis. "I'm confident (it won't be a problem) … absolutely. Injuries are a part of football.”

Sesamoiditis is an injury that occurs commonly in sports players and can be very painful. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it could be sesamoiditis, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can determine the cause of your pain and treat your condition quickly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

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, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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