Have a Question About Foot Pain or Treatment? Find the Answer Here

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • What are foot and ankle biomechanics?

    In short, biomechanics refers to how your body moves, including all the structures (such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments) that contribute to locomotion and how they interact with each other. Foot and ankle structures such as flat feet, high arches, or tight calves can affect your biomechanics significantly, and because your feet are the body’s foundation point, faulty biomechanics in the feet can pull your entire body out of alignment, all the way up the spine.

    Unfortunately, modern society makes walking with good biomechanics difficult, leading to poor posture and chronic pain. We spend almost all our time walking on hard, flat surfaces with no forgiveness, while gravity is constantly pulling us down and wearing out the naturally spring of our arches. The good news is that, just like glasses for eye or braces for teeth, custom orthotics from our on-site lab can help support your arch, align your joints, and retrain your muscles to establish healthy biomechanics and posture and relieve pain. If you’re struggling with chronic foot pain due to fault biomechanics, let Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City, NV help. Set up your appointment by dialing 775-783-8037 today. 

  • How is a gait analysis helpful?

    A gait analysis can be especially helpful for runners and athletes, and can even help those who struggle with soreness and pain from walking.

    We evaluate everything about the way you stride—where your feet land, whether you use the inside or outside of your foot, the angle of your knee at impact, etc.—in order to detect biomechanical trouble spots so that they can be fixed.

    If you suffer from frequent running-related issues—sore knees, shin splints, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, etc.—there’s a good chance a gait analysis can identify an underlying cause and help you find a solution, whether that be exercises, physical therapy, orthotics, or teaching yourself a new stride.

    To learn more about what analyzing your gait can do for you, call Victoria L. Melhuish at (775) 783-8037. You can schedule an appointment at our office in Carson City or in Gardnerville, NV by phone or through this website.