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June 2020

Monday, 29 June 2020 00:00

Can Falling Be Prevented?

Research has shown that serious foot injuries can happen as a result of falling. These may include sprained ankles and fractured feet, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to prevent falling injuries. Furniture may have to be rearranged to ensure there are safe pathways to walk through in the house. When the lighting of the house is updated in the hallways and kitchen, it may be easier to notice if there are tripping hazards, such as worn rugs. It can also be beneficial to have routine eye checks and physical exams, as this can be helpful in renewing prescriptions and eyeglasses that have become outdated. Many patients have grab bars installed in the shower and bath area, which may help to provide the necessary balance that is needed in order to prevent falling. If you would like more information about how falling can impact the feet, in addition to successful prevention measures, please consult with 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 one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A stress fracture occurs when there are breaks in the bone, typically due to overuse and repeated force. There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of a stress fracture, including bone insufficiency, poor technique, and improper equipment. Bone density may be lowered due to conditions such as osteoporosis, making the bones in your foot more susceptible to breakage. To help prevent injury, it is important that you use footwear with proper support and cushioning, and that you train in correspondence with your skill level. For more information on how to prevent stress fractures, and what to do if you have developed one, please consult with a podiatrist for professional care and advice.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. 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:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

Shoes And Genetics May Cause Bunions

A common reason patients may develop bunions can be from the shoes that are frequently worn. Many shoes have inadequate room for the toes to move freely in, which may cause the bone on the side of the big toe to protrude. Additionally, research has indicated that genetics may play a significant role in the development of a bunion. The bunion may cause the shape of the foot to change, and larger shoes may have to be purchased. An existing bunion can cause the inability to bend or strengthen the big toe, and it may become red and swollen. If you are afflicted with a bunion, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

The Causes and Risks of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, although not usually serious, can cause discomfort and may be unsightly to look at as well. Cracked heels can be caused by standing for long periods of time, especially barefoot, from using harsh soaps, and wearing ill-fitting shoes. Most cracked heels can be treated with heel balms, exfoliation, or liquid bandages. However, cracked heels can also indicate more serious medical conditions such as a vitamin deficiency, fungal infection, obesity, psoriasis, or hypothyroidism. In these instances, or instances of severe cracks, care from a podiatrist may be necessary. A podiatrist can provide proper care and medication that may be needed.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Caring for Your Child’s Feet

Children’s foot care can often be overlooked by parents.  However, keeping your child’s feet healthy can have beneficial long term effects. To help your child in keeping their feet healthy and strong, it’s suggested that you support them when they kick or wiggle their feet, as these motions help to build strength and muscle. It’s also important to refrain from putting restrictive footwear, such as tightly fitted booties, on your child’s feet. Any socks or foot coverings that are worn by the child should be loosely fitted and made of a breathable material. To keep the feet clean, wash and dry your child’s feet thoroughly everyday, making sure to get in between their toes as well. As your child grows, you may want to pay close attention to if their toes turn out a lot, if one foot turns in more than the other, or if by 18 months they’re still not walking at all, in which case you should seek the advice of a professional. For more information about keeping your child’s feet healthy, it’s suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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