Pronation of the feet

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Pronation of the feet

Should you be concerned if your child's ankles roll inward or if they pronate. Everyone pronates. Prontation is the motion of the foot with respect to the ground that allows up to absorb impact from the ground when we walk. Hopefully, everyone pronates. The question is, does your child over pronate? If they go beyond the ideal for walking, and that's when you should be concerned for children, as well as adults. When you look at the child from behind and look at their leg and heel. If you were to draw an imaginary line down the back of the leg and a line down the back of the heel; they should line up and be parallel in one long line. If you see an angle, where the leg comes down and the heel rolls out, that's where the child is collapsing their foot and pronating, unlocking their foot. That's where you should be concerned. It's a matter of the child complaining of pain, doesn't want to play sports or other activities, or doesn't look right when they run; that's when you should be concerned. Everyone pronates. It's just a matter of how beyond the ideal you go.

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Dr. Blumofe was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois. Later he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies in 1996, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He then attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, where he received a second Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 1998, and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2001. Dr. Blumofe's residency was completed at the St. John Detroit Riverview Medical Center in Michigan, which is affiliated with the Kirkside Osteopathic Medical School. The following year he continued his post-graduate training with a two-year surgical fellowship in Long Beach, Calif. His main responsibilities included patient care, diabetic foot and wound care and surgical procedures of the foot and ankle, as well as teaching podiatric residents.

Dr. Blumofe's specialties include diabetic wound care, podiatric medicine, neuropathy, limb salvage, cosmetic foot surgery and sports medicine. He attributes his passion for helping diabetics regain and maintain a more normal life to the experience he had in seeing his mother and his grandfather deal with the realities of the condition. Often, Dr. Blumofe is known to say to his patients that "diabetes is NOT a disease, it is a lifestyle change".

When Dr Blumofe is not working (all four hours of the day that remain), he spends time helping his wife, Sandy, raise their three children Abby, Joey, and Rachel. Dr Blumofe holds a 1st degree Black Belt (ShoDan) in the Jinenkan Martial Arts (though has since retired!)

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