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Falling can be common among older individuals. It is an unnatural occurrence, and can cause severe pain, discomfort, and possibly serious injury to the feet. Many patients who have fallen have developed a fear of completing daily activities, and may avoid walking, shopping, or socializing. There are several reasons why falling can occur. These can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, muscle weakness, and balance problems. Additionally, it is important to have routine physical examinations that can properly assess existing medications. Some effective prevention techniques can consist of using a bath mat in the shower area, installing handrails…
The foot condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis can be very painful. It occurs as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia is located on the sole of the foot, and can cause severe pain and discomfort when inflammation sets in. Many patients feel the pain in the heel and arch area of the foot, and there are specific stretches that can be performed which may ease a portion of the discomfort. An effective stretch can be performed when the heel is lowered…
A lesion on the bottom of the foot may be referred to as a plantar wart. This is defined as a wart that grows inward, and can happen as a result of the pressure the feet endure on a daily basis. It is caused by a viral infection, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. The fungus that often precedes this infection lives in warm environments, including public pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. A plantar wart appears as a small, hardened area of skin that has black dots in the center. Patients have felt mild relief when a…
Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.
Children, like adults, can incur sudden foot and ankle injuries while going about their daily activities. Sudden injuries, also known as acute injuries, can occur due to an abnormal movement of the foot or ankle or following a direct blow to the foot. In some cases, a sharp object may puncture the skin of the foot or ankle, creating a puncture wound. Acute injuries can be severely painful and lead to swelling and bruising. Common acute foot and ankle injuries in children include bruises, puncture wounds, injuries to the ligaments, tendons, joints, or muscles, and broken or dislocated bones. If…
Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury of the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. When this ligament becomes inflamed, it causes heel and arch pain and may impact your ability to perform daily activities and exercise. There are many potential treatments available for plantar fasciitis. Some effective treatments include taping the affected area and doing exercises to stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia. For more information about plantar fasciitis and to find out which treatment option is right for you, please consult with a podiatrist.…
The sesamoids are small, round bones found in several parts of the body, including the feet. The sesamoids of the feet are roughly pea-sized and are located under the big toe. The sesamoid bones in your feet give you extra leverage and power when pushing your foot off the ground. When repetitive impacts from running or other activities become too much for these bones to bear, they may become inflamed or fracture. A sudden onset of sharp pain in the toe area can be a sign of a sesamoid fracture, while nerve pain or a burning sensation in the toe…
If you are diabetic, then you’ve likely heard about diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). DFUs are wounds that form on the feet and heal poorly and very slowly. Because diabetes is associated with a loss of sensation and poor circulation in the feet, you may not feel these wounds when they first form. DFUs can develop anywhere on the feet or toes, but they most frequently appear on the soles of the feet, where they often go unnoticed until they produce symptoms such as fluid drainage. To avoid a surprising and painful discovery on the bottoms of your feet, it is…
Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!
The ankle is the joint where the tibia (shin bone), the fibia (back bone on the lower leg), and the tallus (which connects to the heel bone) all come together. A broken bone in this area can range from a hairline fracture to a shattering of the bone, and the symptoms may vary depending on the type of break. Common symptoms are pain, swelling, and the inability to put weight on the ankle. Because broken ankles are very serious and can be easily mistaken for an ankle sprain, patients who are experiencing severe ankle pain should visit a podiatrist. A…
Jobs that require standing on your feet most of the day can be problematic for your feet. Painful blisters, bunions, plantar warts, sore muscles, and worse conditions can develop if you do not take care of your feet. First and foremost, choose comfortable shoes that fit well, offer adequate arch and heel support, and afford plenty of room in front, and on top, of the toes. Foot orthotics or insoles can also help provide additional cushioning and even improve the way you stand to ease stress on the entire body. Secondly, don’t skip any scheduled breaks; these respites are important…
The ankle joint, where the shin bone and the bone at the top of the foot meet, is a common area for arthritis to develop. Arthritis symptoms that affect the ankle include pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion in the joint. Certain types of arthritis are more likely to affect the ankle joint than others. Post-traumatic arthritis, which occurs following an injury such as a dislocation or an ankle fracture, may be responsible for ankle arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect any joint in the body, may also cause ankle pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common type…
Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve, located near the inside of the ankle in a structure called the tarsal tunnel, is compressed. This can occur due to osteoarthritis, ankle trauma, or tenosynovitis. The posterior tibial nerve may also be compressed by an enlarged or abnormal structure in the tarsal tunnel, such as a cyst. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is associated with rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, which can cause swelling and, as a result of swelling, nerve compression. People with flat fat are also at an increased risk of getting tarsal tunnel syndrome due to gait patterns that put more…
People who enjoy the sport of golf are often unaware of the importance of wearing the correct golf shoes. Research has shown the average golfer to walk approximately 10,000 steps, and it is beneficial to wear golf shoes that fit correctly. Using a Brannock device will help you to determine a proper foot measurement. If the second toe is longer than the big toe, it is suggested to increase by a half size. Additionally, it is advised to measure the feet at the end of the day, when they are at their largest. The inside of the shoes and the…
Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!
Diabetic feet are prone to developing infections and foot ulcers. This is generally a result of the inability to feel cuts or bruises that may develop on the feet. This is caused by elevated insulin levels in the blood that can come from obesity and eating unhealthy foods. It is important to maintain proper foot care by trimming the toenails correctly, and keeping the feet clean and moisturized. Checking the feet daily may help to notice any discoloration that can accompany diabetes, in addition to abnormal swelling. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a…
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet that can cause a scaly, itchy rash to develop between your toes. This infection is contagious and is often contracted by walking barefoot in damp places, such as showers, public swimming pools, and locker rooms, or from sharing personal items with an infected individual. To prevent athlete’s foot, it is recommended that you keep your feet clean and dry, wear clean socks, avoid walking barefoot in public areas, and keep your toenails clean and trimmed. It is also important to refrain from sharing personal items like socks and…
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling in joints throughout the body, including those in the feet. Stretching the feet regularly can help in managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Toe lifts can be performed by standing with both feet on the ground near a counter or chair to steady yourself and then slowly lifting your toes off the ground, holding for several seconds, and lowering them back to the ground. Rolling a small ball side to side on the ground just under the front part of the heel can help ease foot pain.…
Foot related issues are a common occurrence among elderly people. This may be a result of a loss of cushioning in the feet as the aging process occurs. Research has indicated it is beneficial to wear shoes that are comfortable in order to  help prevent corns, bunions, and hammertoe from developing. Athlete’s feet is a foot condition many seniors endure, and this can happen from wearing shoes and socks that are frequently wet. Additionally, ingrown toenails are a bothersome condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort. It is beneficial to trim the toenails correctly, and this may help to prevent…
If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.
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