Items filtered by date: July 2022

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Compression Socks and a Cold Foot Soak

There are many people who have jobs that require standing and working on their feet. Foot pain is a common ailment among people who are in this category and it can be reduced or diminished when the proper footwear is worn. It is beneficial to wear a shoe with a small heel and weakness and soreness can be reduced when work shoes have proper arch support. It is important that shoes fit correctly as this may prevent poor circulation and blisters from developing. Some people choose to wear compression socks, which can be helpful in reducing blood flow to the feet, and redirecting it toward the heart. When the workday is finished, the feet will feel better when they are soaked in cold water followed by massaging them. This is beneficial in reducing inflammation and swelling that can happen during the work day. If you would like additional information about how your feet can feel better at the end of the day, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer you effective foot care tips.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Sunday, 24 July 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Countless Americans choose to get their daily dose of exercise and movement from walking and running. If you are one such person, it is imperative that you make yourself well acquainted with the critical differences between walking and running shoes. Despite the surface-level similarities between walking and running as activities, shoes for each activity are built differently to suit the differences between the activities. For example, running shoes have thicker and sturdier heel cushions than walking shoes. This is because the act of running requires putting more pressure and weight on the heel area of the foot. Running shoes also have wider heel cushions to provide the extra needed stability for runners. Additionally, running and walking shoes are different from each other because the former relies more heavily on having a sturdy mid-sole to essentially absorb the high impact running puts on the joints. Shock absorption is more important in running shoes because while running, individuals can put up to 200 pounds of weight impact onto their feet. You can use this information about the differences between walking and running shoes when shopping for both to know what features you should be on the lookout for. A podiatrist can help further clarify the differences and importance between these shoes. 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. 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.

Differences

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Shepherdsville and Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Big Toe Pain

Big toe pain can be caused by a variety of different things – some requiring medical interventions and some not. Causes of toe pain include an injury, such as a fracture or turf toe, or an underlying medical condition like arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, or gout). Other reasons are an ingrown toenail, sesamoiditis, a bunion, a nail infection, or Morton’s neuroma. If one is suffering from pain in their big toe, resting the foot, elevating it, icing the toe, and wearing firmer soled shoes may help. However, to properly determine the underlying cause of your big toe pain, or when your pain is unexplained or sudden, see a podiatrist who can diagnose the problem and offer treatment options. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Uncomfortable Athlete’s Foot

Fungus causes athlete’s foot which is contagious and can be an uncomfortable and unsightly foot condition. Many people get athlete’s foot from warm and moist environments including public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. The fungus can enter the feet through small cracks in the skin and can produce red and itchy areas on the feet. It may be more prevalent among people who sweat profusely or those who wear shoes and socks consistently causing the feet to lack air. A common location of athlete’s foot is between the toes and on the bottom of the feet. Additional symptoms include dry, scaly skin and blisters may develop in severe cases. The toenails are often affected causing toenail fungus. The chances of full recovery can improve when this foot condition is immediately treated. If you have symptoms of athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

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 Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers.  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

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

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.

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

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