Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

The feet are the foundation of the body and are capable of providing adequate balance and support. There are several bones, muscles and tendons that each foot has, and all work together to provide mobility. Patients who stand for long periods may develop edema, which is the medical term for swollen feet. Gravity can cause the blood to pool in the lower legs and feet, and shoes can become tighter. Swollen feet may also be prevalent among pregnant women and people who eat foods with excessive amounts of salt. Swollen feet may be reduced when frequent walking is done and salty foods are reduced. It is helpful to drink plenty of water daily, in addition to wearing compression socks or stockings. Being obese may lead to developing swollen feet, and it is beneficial to eat healthy foods. This may help to reduce or eliminate swollen feet. If your feet have become swollen, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can correctly diagnose and offer treatment options for this problem.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

The importance of teaching children during their early years about a good foot care routine may be crucial in preventing painful foot conditions as they get older. This can begin with washing and drying the feet daily, and it can help to apply a small amount of powder to their feet. Toddler’s feet may sweat more when they are younger, and this may help to keep them drier. It is beneficial that their feet and toes are kept warm, which may be helpful in maintaining body temperature. A baby’s foot can become stronger when they walk barefoot while indoors. This can be a result of the toes gripping the floor, which can benefit the entire foot. When the first shoes are purchased, it is helpful they are made of flexible materials in addition to having a sturdy sole. This can protect the feet while walking on various surfaces while outside. Some parents may notice an odor that comes from their child’s feet, and medical attention may be sought. It might be indicative that a fungal infection has developed, which can be a common occurrence from the 250,000 sweat glands that are found in the feet. If you would like to have more information about the health of your child’s feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who will provide you with useful knowledge.

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 ABC 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 our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Many people enjoy the summer months, despite the fact that this time of year can cause damage to the skin on the feet. This can be a result of excessive humidity, non-supportive shoes, and UV damage. There are effective methods to protect the skin during all seasons of the year, and this begins with practicing everyday foot care. Cracked heels may be prevented when the feet are washed and dried daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Additionally, many people may find it helps to soak their feet in Epsom salts, which can be useful in exfoliating dead skin. Protecting the feet with appropriate sunscreen can block damaging UV rays, possibly helping to eliminate sunburned feet. Additionally, it is beneficial to change socks frequently during the hot summer days, which can help to limit bacteria and bad foot odor. If you would like more information about effective foot care routines, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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. 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 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. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Sever’s disease, or calcaneal apophysis, is a common cause of heel pain in active children ages 8 to 15. It is often described as an overuse injury from running and jumping activities that cause repetitive stress and pressure on the calcaneal growth plate. When adolescents have a growth spurt, their bone may exceed the growth of this muscle-tendon unit. This can cause the inability to stretch and maintain flexibility, as well as irritation, inflammation, and pain to ensue. This condition is diagnosed by an examination of the heel and a positive squeeze test that replicates the pain. Radiographic imaging can exclude other possible causes of such pain. Some treatment options for Sever’s disease consist of resting, stretching exercises, and wearing orthotics. If your child has Sever’s disease and is not responding to rest, it is suggested that you set up an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

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.

Symptoms

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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