Because each foot consists of several bones, ligaments, and tendons provide stability to the body, there are conditions that gradually develop and affect the feet. These can include nail infections, gout, a neuroma, bunions, corns, hammertoes, and heel pain. Because of this, many older patients are concerned about foot disorders and the pain that may be associated with them. It may be difficult for older people to maintain balance which may lead to falling. Additionally, it can be challenging to climb stairs and exercise which can lead to weakness and muscle pain. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer correct treatment solutions.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.
Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities.
Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.
Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.
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Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a foot fracture. Both injuries have very similar symptoms, including pain, swelling, and bruising. A fracture will often be so painful that you may not be able to walk. Sprains can also make walking difficult, depending on the severity of the injury. At the time that you injure your foot, you may hear a noise. A popping sound can indicate a sprain, while a cracking sound can indicate a fracture. Treatments for the two conditions are different, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis. If you have injured your foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.
Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:
Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.
Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.
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An ankle sprain can be the result of stretched or torn ligaments from suddenly twisting the ankle. As the ankle rolls outward, the foot turns inward, and this can cause the inside of the ankle to become damaged. The symptoms that many patients experience can include immediate bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. After a proper diagnosis is made, which generally involves having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. This typically begins by wrapping the affected ankle in an elastic bandage, as this is helpful in providing the necessary support to the ankle during the healing process. Additionally, it is beneficial to elevate the sprained ankle, which can alleviate some of the swelling. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this injury.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.
What Are the Symptoms?
Preventing a Sprain
Treatment of a Sprain
In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.
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A tingling sensation, or “pins and needles,” is a common occurrence among patients who have neuropathy. A common reason why neuropathy exists is elevated blood sugar levels, which can result in diabetes. Some of the symptoms that are associated with diabetic neuropathy can include extreme fatigue, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Additionally, pregnant women may experience this ailment, as this can be a result of the growing baby exerting pressure on the nerves in the legs. Vitamin deficiencies may lead to the development of neuropathy, particularly with a lack of vitamin B-12. Neuropathy can be a serious condition, and if you are experiencing these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.
Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.
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Many people who are eager to take up the sport of running often start with walking. This generally means that two different pairs of shoes are worn. Walking shoes typically have a lower heel, and shoes that are worn for running have a thicker sole. This adds to the cushioning of the shoe, and the sides can also be thicker. A good pair of running shoes will help to protect the joints, ligaments, and muscles while running is done. This is not necessary while walking, which has a result of less impact on the body. If you would like additional information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide the information you are seeking.
For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.
Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes
There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.
You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.
Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.
Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.
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A common foot condition that develops in the front of the foot is known as a bunion. It appears as a large bump on the side of the big toe, and it can be uncomfortable while wearing shoes. Additionally, large bunions can push the second toe into the toe next to it, and this can be a result of changing foot structure. Bunions can develop due to genetics, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. An effective yoga pose that can keep the foot strong is known as downward dog. This is done by keeping the hands and feet flat on the floor while extending the lower torso into the air. Additionally, the toes can be strengthened by performing a seated forward bend. If you would like more information about what stretches and yoga poses can benefit bunions, please consult with a podiatrist.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How Are Bunions Treated?
A hairline fracture is another name for a stress fracture. When it occurs in the foot, it can be accompanied by subtle pain and discomfort, and your walking may be affected as well. It is considered to be a common injury in active children, and may worsen when pressure is exerted on the affected area. Stress fractures can happen as a result of repetitive stress that is endured by the feet from participating in running and jumping activities. Children who have fragile bones or vitamin deficiencies may be prone to developing stress fractures. Common symptoms may include bones in the feet that are painful to touch, and swelling. If your child has pain in their feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat stress fractures.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.
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Athlete’s foot is a contagious infection of the skin on the feet. This infection is caused by a fungus entering the top layer of skin through a small crack or wound. Symptoms of athlete’s foot can include reddened, cracked, flakey, or itchy skin on the foot and between the toes. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing athlete’s foot. These include having a genetic predisposition to infections, allergies, eczema, a weakened immune system, and poor circulation in the lower limbs. Having very sweaty feet and participating in sports like running and swimming can also make you more likely to catch athlete’s foot since the fungus lives and thrives in warm, moist environments. If you think you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment.
Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.
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An injury to the growth plate in the heel may indicate a condition that is known as Sever’s disease. It generally affects children and young teenagers who participate in sporting activities. The heel can become inflamed, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the activity that caused the injury is temporarily stopped, and walking patterns may be changed. It may help to wear custom made orthotics if Sever’s disease is severe, and some patients find it necessary to take pain medication. If your child complains of heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat Sever's disease.
Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.
Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.
Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.
Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.
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A burning sensation in the heel can be a troubling symptom. Burning pain in the heel or bottom of the foot that has a tingling or prickling quality, causes numbness, feels hot, and is worse at night may be indicative of nerve damage or a disorder affecting the nerves that supply the foot. There are many conditions that can cause this type of damage, including diabetic neuropathy, physical trauma or injuries, tarsal tunnel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and certain infections. If you have burning heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. A podiatrist can help diagnose the cause of your pain and find the right treatment for you.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
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Serious foot problems can be more likely among people who have diabetes, and they can result in serious complications if left untreated. If you have diabetes, certain foot symptoms can be a cause for concern and should be examined by a professional. Tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet, a burning pain, a dull ache, a loss of sensation, foot swelling, and cramps in your calves when resting or walking are all signs of potentially serious problems. Symptoms that affect the skin of the lower limbs, such as having shiny, smooth skin on the feet, hair loss, a lack of sweat, or wounds and sores on the feet that don’t heal are also a cause for concern. Additionally, if you see changes in the color, shape, or temperature of your feet, notice a cut or blister that you can see but can’t feel, or smell a foul odor coming from a wound, then you should seek immediate medical attention. A podiatrist can help you take care of your feet.
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.