Treat your Feet Right by Choosing the Proper Footwear

rheumatoid arthritis2Improperly-fitting shoes can lead to the development of foot conditions such as corns, calluses, and blisters, all caused by pressure to the feet and toes. It’s important that your shoes are spacious enough to support your specific foot size. Knowing what foot structure you have is important in determining how wide and large your shoes may need to be. If you’re feeling pain after wearing a pair of shoes, chances are that your shoes are lacking the proper arch support. Try investing in shoe inserts that offer arch support.

Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems,consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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Varicose Veins Signal Larger, Pervasive Problems

diabetic foot care4People who suffer from varicose veins should take heed of their condition and not ignore the problem, as varicose veins may be a sign of vein damage. Most commonly found in the lower limbs, varicose veins may be accompanied by sensations of severe itching and burning in the feet. Swelling of the ankles and feet may also occur for people with varicose veins. Other symptoms include stretching of the leg’s superficial veins, aching or cramping in the leg, and skin changes.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as diabetes and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

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Advice for Taking Care of Your Feet

childrenOur feet are especially important in ensuring that our bodies are able to function properly in everyday activities. As our feet contain “26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments,” we should have our feet checked often and address any conditions that may arise immediately. Properly-fitting shoes are important in ensuring that your feet are comfortable. Knowing your foot type, whether you have a low arch or a high arch, should determine if you need shoes that have cushioning and support. Over-the-counter inserts and orthotics are also helpful in treating foot conditions such as flat feet.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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Isaiah Thomas of Boston Celtic Sustains Ankle Sprain Injury

ankle sprain2Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtic point guard, sustained an ankle sprain in April’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Thomas, however, was determined to play in the upcoming Game 6. “I’m great,” he said. “Ready for Game 6. I’m playing no matter what.” After Thomas suffered the ankle sprain injury during the fourth quarter, he headed straight to the locker room and had to sit out the rest of the game. Thomas had a slight limp while in the locker room, but was hopeful in getting treatment and the injury not being serious.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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Costs of Treating Diabetic Feet Are Expensive

diabetic foot care4Diabetes is expensive, especially for those who do not properly manage their diabetic feet. “The estimated cost of diabetes in the United States is currently $245 billion, and includes medical costs, disability, work loss and premature death,” according to D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics and the Center for Wound Care at Sonora Regional Medical Center. If you’re a diabetic patient, make sure to inspect your feet everyday, clean them every day, trim your toenails regularly, wear properly-fitting shoes, avoid walking barefoot, and exercise often to increase blood flow circulation to your feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet,consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including 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

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because 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.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office, located in Havertown, PA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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