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.

As seen in the Sun City, Surprise, and Sun City West Independent Newspapers.

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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.

As Seen in the Sun City, Surprise, and Sun City West Independent Newspapers.