foot stretch 3Research has shown the general health of the body may be improved when the feet are regularly stretched. Additionally, the risk of injury may be decreased, and circulation may improve. There are different types of exercises that can be implemented, and these may consist of resistance and flexibility stretches. The latter is designed to keep the feet limber, which may help to prevent injuries. Muscles can be strengthened by performing resistance exercises, and these may help to provide overall support to the foot. Many of these stretches can be performed during the work day while sitting in a chair. An effective foot stretch is practiced by lifting the foot off the floor while sitting down, followed by rotating the foot in a circle. After 15-20 rotations are completed, you can switch to the other foot. To strengthen your heel, it is recommended to sit down while placing your foot in a resistance band, which may be attached to a piece of furniture. The stretch can be felt while flexing the ankle. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Why Stretching is Important for Your Feet

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Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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elderly walkerResearch has shown that falling is common among people who are sixty-five years and older. Severe falls can result in broken bones or head injuries, and a fear of falling may deter the individual from staying active. Many older people have diminished coordination and flexibility, and this may make it easier to fall. Additionally, dizziness may be caused by certain medications, and objects may be harder to see as a result of fading eyesight. It may be beneficial to make some changes to the living environment. These may include securing railings on the steps and increasing the amount of lighting throughout the house. Many patients find it safer to have grab bars installed in the bathroom and shower area, or it may be helpful to use a shower chair. Using a walker or cane may also be beneficial in preventing falls. If you would like additional information about falls prevention, then it is recommended you speak to a podiatrist to learn about more helpful methods.

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Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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childrens feet newResearch has indicated it typically takes a child's foot approximately eighteen years to fully develop. Many children are active and enjoy running, jumping, and dancing, and this may help the bones and muscles to gradually become stronger. It is beneficial for children to wear shoes and socks that fit properly, which may include making sure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Walking barefoot indoors may help the arches and toes to become stronger, and this may positively affect the overall health of the foot. The growth rate of a baby’s foot is fastest during the first three years, and proper measuring should occur every six to eight weeks. Many children are born with flat feet, and the arches will eventually develop. If you notice the arch is not forming as it should, or if your child complains of foot pain, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly assist you in determining the cause of any foot discomfort your child may have.

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Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of intoeing or outtoeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water, and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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shoes 2Research has indicated the majority of your day may run smoother if the correct shoes are worn. The feet are typically at their largest during the afternoon, and it may be beneficial to purchase shoes at that time. It may help to wear the socks that will be worn with the shoes, which can be instrumental in choosing shoes that fit well. The size of the feet may change over time, and it is suggested that both feet be measured every time shoes are purchased. Once a pair of shoes is decided on, it is important to notice if there is adequate room in the toe area while standing. Additionally, it is suggested to briefly walk in them, and this may help to determine how comfortable they are. If you would like more information about how to buy shoes, please speak with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

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Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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wound 2There are many diabetic patients who experience foot ulcers, which are considered to be wounds that do not heal. This may be a result of the inability to feel sensations in the feet, and if left unnoticed, may lead to amputation of a lower extremity. It is beneficial to visually inspect the feet daily, and this may aid in noticing if there are any cuts or bruises present. It’s important to maintain proper care of the feet, which may include wearing shoes and socks that fit correctly, and this may avoid uncomfortable blisters from developing. Research has shown that crossing the legs frequently may cause pressure on the blood vessels, which may lead to nerve damage, so it is advised to refrain from doing so. It is recommended to moisturize the feet on a daily basis, and this may avoid the painful condition that is known as cracked heels from developing. If you have any wounds on your feet, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat any conditions that may be present.

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What is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a nondiabetic. 

What is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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shutterstock 103829969The medical condition known as toenail fungus is considered to be contagious and can easily spread from one toenail to the other. It is accessible in public pools, showers, locker rooms, and surrounding areas, and preventive measures may include wearing appropriate shoes and avoid going barefoot while in these areas. An additional reason why this condition may develop may come from having wet toenails the majority of the time. There are several symptoms that are associated with this ailment, which may include yellow or brittle nails that can lift off the nail bed. There are possible treatment options, which may include applying a topical medication on the nails or ingesting antifungal pills for an extended period of time. For severely affected toenails, surgery may be a viable option for removal of the nail, and this may be successful in eliminating any infection that may be present. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist if you have toenail fungus who can recommend the best treatment method for you.

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Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals &  Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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ankle wrap childAnkle pain may originate from several sources, which may include sprains, fractures, or arthritis. The pain may be acute or develop gradually, and this may depend on what the cause is. Burning, aching or throbbing may accompany different types of ankle pain, and a proper diagnosis needs to be performed, which may aid in determining the reason for the pain and discomfort. This may include having an X-ray and a physical examination completed, and additional imaging procedures may be necessary if the ankle pain is severe. Ankle sprains are common injuries and may occur from unexpectedly stepping off a curb or engaging in an activity in which the ankle rolls inward. The tendons in the ankle attach to the bone, and if these should become inflamed, a condition known as ankle tendonitis may occur. If you have any form of ankle pain, it is suggested to counsel with a podiatrist who can guide you to begin the correct treatment.

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Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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ankle surgeryThere are several different types of foot conditions that may require surgery if relief is not found using traditional methods of treatment. One type may include bunion surgery in which removal of the protruding bone may aid in diminishing pain that is often associated with it. If you have severe arthritis, you may want to consider fusion surgery, which joins the bones together and this may prevent painful rubbing. A foot condition that is known as hammertoe can cause pain and difficulty in walking, and surgery may be required that can straighten the toes. Plantar fasciitis will typically affect the heel of the foot, and many patients experience severe pain and discomfort if they are afflicted with this foot condition. Surgery is typically successful in removing the portion of the tissue that is causing the pain. If you have these or any other foot conditions, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can help you determine if foot surgery is right for you.

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When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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broken toeThe pain that emanates from a stubbed toe may be an indication that it may be broken. There are several additional symptoms that are often associated with this uncomfortable condition, including swelling, throbbing, bruising, and possible dislodging of the joints in the toe. Patients who frequently walk barefoot may increase the risk of incurring a broken toe, and this may be a result of lack of protection if something heavy should be dropped on it. It’s important that a proper diagnosis is performed, and this is typically accomplished by having an X-ray performed. Once the injury is confirmed, treatment can begin, and this may generally consist of splinting the toe to the one next to it. This will often provide the stability that is necessary for proper healing. If you feel you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can begin correct treatment after evaluating the extent of the fracture.

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What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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circulation feetResearch has shown there may be several indicators of poor circulation. These may include discoloration of the toes, a loss of feeling or numbing sensation, dry skin, or frequent headaches. This condition may typically happen as a result of damage the blood vessels have incurred, and there are several ways for this to occur. Genetics may play a significant role, in addition to having excess fat, lack of following an effective exercise routine, and developing diabetes, which is the result of elevated glucose levels. Poor circulation may be indicative of Raynaud’s disease, which typically causes the fingers and toes to lose feeling and become cold. If you are experiencing any symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis this condition and begin the correct treatment.

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Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

  • muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness
  • numbness or cramping in the legs
  • skin discoloration
  • slower nail & hair growth
  • erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

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