Friday, December 18, 2009

Give Me A Break

Bones usually break when something happens to crush, bend, twist, or stretch them. Toes are often broken when they accidentally kick something hard. Heels are often broken when a person falls from a height and lands on his or her feet. Other bones in the foot sometimes break when an ankle is sprained or twisted. Occasionally, small cracks can form from repeated stress on the bones of the foot over a long period of time (known as stress fractures). Broken bones in the foot cause pain and swelling. Bruising or redness of the foot with a broken bone is common. It is important to see a doctor anytime you think you may have broken a bone in your foot.

Broken bones anywhere in the body deserve professional attention. Too often, a broken bone that is not allowed to heal properly can be vulnerable to future breaks, strains, and sprains. As a specialist in foot and ankle conditions, a podiatrist is the most qualified person to help rehabilitate a broken foot bone and bring the patient back to normal function. Acute injuries or chronic conditions, we offer a full range of foot care services. Please call for an appointment.

HINT: Do not attempt to drive with a broken foot. Have someone bring you to the doctor or emergency ward.

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Expecting Foot Pain

Pregnancy con trigger foot pain. Natural weight gain and the alterations of a woman's center of gravity create added pressure on the knees and feet. The result may be pain at the arch, the heel, or the ball of the foot. For someone who is experiencing these pregnancy-related foot issues, there are numerous steps that can be taken to alleviate the discomfort. Elevating the feet as often as possible, wearing seamless socks that do not constrict circulation, and taking regular breaks to stretch the legs are recommended. Exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, and eating a diet low in sodium help prevent fluid retention. If the swelling is not similar in both feet, a podiatrist should be consulted immediately.

Just as you put your prenatal care in the hands of a specialist, so should you entrust your hard-working feet to a specialist- a highly trained, specially skilled podiatrist. It's time to pay attention to what your feet are trying to tell you when each step is more painful than the one before. Don't ignore foot problems, whether cause by pregnancy, injuries, diseases, or inherited conditions. Call us instead at our state-of-the-art footcare facility.

HINT: Wear footwear that fits properly during pregnancy. Since feet will probably change side during pregnancy, have them measured.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Snub the Stub

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A Child's Foot

Pediatric foot problems can appear very early. They require attention because the bones in a child's foot are soft and pliable and easily damaged by constricting shoes, socks and even bedding. Shoes that fit are especially important for a young child's rapidly growing feet. When choosing shoes for your child, make sure the shoe shape matches the foot shape and that the upper is firm in the heel area but flexible around the front of the shoe. The upper of the shoe should be made of leather or material that will allow air to circulate around the foot. Don't use hand-me-down shoes unless they are showing no wear on the sole or upper.

We believe one of the most important elements of healthcare we can provide you with is education. We bring you these columns in order to show you how the many benefits of podiatric medicine can help keep all members of your family walking, running, living in comfort. And since taking care of the feet can't begin too early, you'll be glad to know there is a footcare specialist here in Sun City West who can help you if there seems to be a problem with your child's feet. Call for an appointment.

HINT: Parents need to be on the alert for early developmental problems since children do not usually know enough to complain about them.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Slice of Life

Splinters are shards of glass, metal, wood, or other materials that get caught under the skin. Splinters should be removed so they don't cause an infection. Common causes of splinters in the foot include stepping on thorns, walking on rough wood decks or boardwalks, and accidentally stepping on broken glass. To remove a small splinter from the foot, soak the area for 10-15 minutes. Applying a bit of ice will numb the area. Using tweezers with ridges, grab the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Pull firmly at the same angle as it entered the foot. When finished, dab on rubbing alcohol to disinfect the area. Large or deep splinters should be removed by a podiatrist.

While its smart to know the basics or quick-action, short-term treatment for splinters and other foot injuries, it is crucial to a successful recovery to seek the services of a specialist trained in foot care as soon as possible following an injury. If you don't have a podiatrist at this time, you may want to include our telephone number in your list of numbers to keep handy by your phone. We offer complete foot care for the family. Office hours are by appointment, but emergencies are seen as promptly as possible.

HINT: Splinters are known medically as a soft tissue foreign body.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Foot Art

Foot tattoos are becoming increasingly popular among tattoo aficionados. A number of factors should be taken into consideration before embarking on a trip to the tattoo artist. Foot tattoos tend to be more painful than on other areas since work is done over the bone and not on a fleshy part of the body. There is also a greater risk of ink migration, which blurs the design over time. There is also the issue of proper healing and infection and infection avoidance. A fresh tattoo should not rub against clothing during the healing process, which can take up to three weeks. That means shoes and socks are not an option. In general, tattooing the foot is not the healthiest idea for expressing creativity.

Foot aches and pains come from many sources- infections, structural problems, too much physical exertion, improper shoes, muscular imbalances, disease, neglect, trauma, and heredity. Don't let foot problems ruin your good times - treat your feet with the respect they deserve. If your feet are cramping your lifestyle, professional care is in order. For comprehensive foot care for everyone in your family, we welcome your call.

HINT: It is not advisable for diabetics to have their feet tattooes as it can affect blood circulation.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Feeling Cramped?

Foot cramps are non-voluntary spasms that can last from a few minutes to a few days, and they can affect a muscle or a muscle group. Such spasms can leave the muscle sore even after the pain is gone. The inner arch of the foot and toes, especially the big toe, can be affected. There are common causes of foot cramps, including a sedentary lifestyle, injury caused by repetitive motion, poor blood circulation, and low calcium or potassium levels. To alleviate the pain, move the foot in a direction opposite to the cramp to relieve the undue stretch on the muscle fatigue.

We're concerned about all aspects of your health, especially in the health of your feet. When your feet are cramping and uncomfortable, or are otherwise trying to tell you something, don't hesitate to call on us. Our Goal is to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan so that you are out of pain and back on your feet in as short amount of time as possible. Call us for an appointment.

HINT: Applying ice packs to the affected regions helps in acute cases of foot cramps.

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A Pain In The Toe

Some people experience numbness in the big toe. It may be accompanied by swelling on the underside where the toe bends. They may feel a "zinging" sensation when walking. These uncomfortable symptoms may be an indication of a compressed nerve. This is compounded when a shoe hits the toe area or if long hours are spent standing. There could be the presence of an inflamed extra bone on the bottom of the toe, known as a sesamoid. There may be arthritis in the joint or a chipped flake of bone in the joint that is causing the pain. Should you experience such discomfort in your big toe area, consult with your podiatrist.

When your feet hurt, it's important to find out why. Following diagnosis, it's time to formulate a treatment plan that may consist of orthotics, medication, surgery, exercise, or even a change in footwear. If your toes are giving you trouble, it's smart to communicate with your doctor. Now is a good time to schedule an appointment for foot care for the family, where we practice conservative podiatry as the frontline defense against feet that cause you to suffer.

HINT: Wear wide supportive shoes if you experience big toe discomfort.

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