Items filtered by date: November 2022

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Flat Feet and Back Pain

As many individuals might already know, a common foot affliction called flat feet is present when a person’s entire foot lays flush against the floor. In other words, the arch of the foot is not discernable and the entire sole, or bottom, of the foot, touches the ground. Flat feet have an interesting connection to back pain that health-conscious people ought to know about. Specifically, having flat feet can increase an individual’s risk of experiencing back pain of some kind. Lower back pain in particular might be especially more likely. One potential explanation for this phenomenon is that flat feet are not able to effectively absorb force and shock. Flat feet also can put stress on other parts of the body, due to the biomechanical misalignment of the feet. Back pain can become more likely. If you have questions about flat feet and back pain, contact a podiatrist today.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact the foot specialists from Physicians Footcare . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is 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. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches 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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in various cities throughout South Carolina and two offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Cracked Heel Remedies

Cracked heels can develop when the skin on the back part of the heels becomes so rough and dry that the skin cracks. While some cases of cracked heels will not be accompanied by any pain, others might. If you have cracked heels, it is best to go see a podiatrist. This type of foot specialist will help you identify and treat the problem. Before you go to your appointment, however, there are some steps you might consider taking in the meantime to mitigate your cracked heels. There are a variety of natural ingredients that may help reduce the effects of cracked heels. Shea butter, for instance, can be beneficial for the feet because of its moisturizing properties. Additionally, olive oil can be an extremely moisturizing agent when applied to the feet. Of course, it is always best to consult a medical professional first. See a podiatrist today to properly heal your cracked heels. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists from Physicians Footcare . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in various cities throughout South Carolina and two offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 18 November 2022 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Some people use the terms corns and calluses interchangeably, but they are different. A corn is a small, well-defined area of thickened skin that has a hard center core and is surrounded by inflamed skin. It can develop on various parts of the foot, from the sole to the pinky toe, tops of the toes, and between toes. Corns typically develop to protect the skin from excess pressure or friction, often from ill-fitting shoes. Usually, a corn is painful when pressed. A callus is generally not painful when pressed and covers a wider area developing where the feet bear a lot of weight, like the soles. It consists of thick, hard skin throughout the affected area and may not have a defined shape. If you have corns or calluses, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatrist who can provide treatment options for both conditions.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact the foot specialists of Physicians Footcare . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in various cities throughout South Carolina and two offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Ways Seniors Can Prevent Falling

About one-third of adults who are 65 years or older fall at least once in a year, research has shown. It is also believed that falling is the 6th highest cause of death among seniors, and many falls cause serious injuries. Most falls occur either in or around the home while doing tasks or chores. Common causes for falls among the elderly are tripping, loss of balance, blurred vision, and underlying health conditions. For that reason, it is a good idea to take some precautions that can help to prevent falls. Experts recommend wearing shoes that fit properly and have non-skid soles, rather than walking barefoot or in loose slippers. Checking medications for side effects, such as dizziness or loss of balance, is also a wise move. Reducing the number of places that could cause you to trip, such as scatter rugs and dark hallways, is another good idea. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and placing non-slip mats in bathrooms are suggested. Using a walking aid, or at least having one nearby in case of sudden dizziness, may help ward off falls. Staying active and keeping weight at normal levels are a good idea. For more information about how to keep from falling, please consult a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with the foot specialists from Physicians Footcare . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

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.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in various cities throughout South Carolina and two offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 04 November 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis and Swimming

One of the most common forms of heel pain that a podiatrist will encounter in patients is known as plantar fasciitis, a condition where the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Many physical activities and sports may exacerbate this condition, particularly if it is high impact. However, in some respects, swimming may seem to be a helpful alternative for those with plantar fasciitis. Swimming is particularly low impact, enabling the athlete to burn calories while often not placing high pressure on the feet. It is important to note, however, that if someone has plantar fasciitis, it is possible that they still may experience pain when engaging in this activity. Someone with a particularly bad case of plantar fasciitis may feel pain if they try to push off of the wall with their feet when swimming. Schedule an appointment today with a podiatrist to learn more about plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the foot specialists from Physicians Footcare . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in various cities throughout South Carolina and two offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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