Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Maintaining healthy feet is an essential component to maintaining overall health and wellness–this is especially true for senior citizens. The elderly ought to take particular care of the health of their feet because if a senior does not have excellent feeling in their feet, infections and other afflictions can go unnoticed. This can lead to further complications down the road. Seniors also ought to take an interest in the health of their feet because as an individual ages, they may experience poorer circulation in their feet. For instance, blood may not travel as fast to the feet as it used to. An elderly person can be diligent about keeping their feet healthy simply by maintaining a daily foot care routine, including properly cleansing and moisturizing the feet. If you are a senior citizen, contact a podiatrist about foot care techniques today.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Thursday, 15 September 2022 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, occur when the long arch of the foot has not developed properly. Children are born with flat feet, but usually develop healthy arches by the age of five. Some people are genetically inclined to have flat feet. Others develop them as a result of a condition, such as diabetes, a stroke, or rheumatoid arthritis. Weight gain and standing for long periods of time can cause discomfort if you have flat feet, but most people do not experience pain from this condition. Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning in the heel can be a plus, if you have flat feet. A number of stretching and strengthening exercises can help to relieve any heel pain caused by flat feet. If being on your feet is a requirement of your job or lifestyle, wearing orthotics may be a good option. A podiatrist can assess the extent of the condition and prescribe custom shoe inserts to address it. For more information about flat feet and how they can be treated, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

The name given to a pain in the ball of the foot is metatarsalgia. The five long bones on the bottom of the feet are the metatarsals, and they connect the ankle to the toes. This type of foot pain can feel like a burning sensation or may range from a dull ache to shooting pain. The area that is affected is where the second, third, and fourth toes meet the ball of the foot and may feel worse when walking or running. Some medical reasons that metatarsalgia may develop include arthritis, hammertoe, bunions, or the painful condition known as gout. Additional causes are wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, being overweight, and participating in high-impact sporting activities. Mild relief may be found when elevating the affected foot as often as possible, and it may help to wear shoes that have shock-absorbing insoles. Additionally, many people choose to stretch their Achilles tendon, exercise the ankle, and wear shoes that have flat or low heels. If you have pain in your foot and would like a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, please confer with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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