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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Pay Attention to Children’s Foot Problems

Children’s foot problems often go undiagnosed because parents do not know what to pay attention to, or they believe their kids will outgrow the problems. Ankle and foot ailments can be common in children because they are so physically active, but it can be easy to overlook these things because kids are so resilient. Parents should watch for symptoms of common foot and ankle problems among children. These problems include ankles turning in more than usual, pain, the arch of the foot flattening, cramping, limping, or a change in the activity level of the child. Children who participate in sports are most apt to experience foot and ankle issues. If your child exhibits the symptoms described above, consult with a podiatrist so that the risk of problems turning into more serious or chronic conditions is mitigated. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Common Foot Conditions Among the Elderly

Foot problems may increase among the senior population. This is often a result of thinning fat pads in the heel, and the foot structure may change as the aging process occurs. The circulation may diminish, and this can affect the healing of cuts and scrapes that are on the feet. Many people wear shoes that do not fit correctly, and they may gradually develop specific foot conditions that can worsen during their senior years. These can include bunions, corns, and hammertoes, and medical attention from a podiatrist is often sought. Toenail fungus may be common among elderly people, which may happen when the blood flow is reduced to the feet, possibly resulting in dry and brittle nails. It is strongly advised that older people are regularly seen by a podiatrist, who can diagnose and provide the correct treatment for any foot condition.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Smelly Feet During Pregnancy

Any pregnant woman knows that the feet undergo a series of important changes. For example, the feet may seem to expand in size over the course of a pregnancy. Additionally, many soon-to-be mothers are not fully aware of the fact that the feet may actually become more odorous during a pregnancy. Foot odor during pregnancy might be caused by edema, hormonal alterations, and a higher body temperature. If the increased foot odor during pregnancy is becoming bothersome, there are several things that you might consider doing to combat the smell. For example, you might wear shoes that provide enough space for the feet to breathe in. The use of moisture-wicking socks also might be beneficial. If you are expecting a baby in the near future, contact a podiatrist today who can help you best prepare yourself for the changes that your body and feet will undergo during the process.


 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

There are several different types of running shoes, and it can be a daunting task to choose which kind is right for you. It is important to identify the running preferences in addition to the type of surfaces that will be run on, such as trails or pavement. Trail shoes are known to provide traction in the snow and mud, and can help to protect the feet against rocks and rugged terrain. Additionally, trail shoes are sturdier, which can successfully support the foot as it moves from side to side. Conversely, road shoes are ideal for running on treadmills and smooth pavements. People who compete in track meets often opt for track spikes or racing flats. These shoes are helpful in gripping the surface in various types of weather, and are considered to be the lightest running shoe. If you have questions about what type of running shoes are best for you, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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