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By Foot Health Centers, LLC
February 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Children take to sports like fish to water. Almost as soon as they child injuriesbegin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against siblings, friends, or nobody in particular! Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football. Today, however, that has changed significantly. Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse. The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.  

Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available. Your podiatrist is available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

What to Watch Out For

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact.  Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports. Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate.

Ensure that your child has the correct shoes for the sport they play. Perhaps even more importantly, make sure those shoes fit! Their feet grow quickly, and shoes that fit last season aren't likely to still fit when next year comes around. 

Contact your podiatrist for more information on proper footwear and foot care for your child. Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.

By Foot Health Centers, LLC
January 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint. If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons, including:

Shin Splints.This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed. You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces, due to repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.

Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet and do not have proper support in your shoes, you can experience leg pain due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg. 

Sprained Ankle. A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain. For mild sprains, podiatrists recommend RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit a podiatrist immediately.  

Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetes can damage nerves with high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can cause pain in both legs, along with numbness and lack of sensation. By visiting your podiatrist, you can take charge of your diabetes and protect yourself from the kind of damage which can, in some cases, lead to dangerous ulcerated wounds, or even amputation.

By visiting your podiatrist, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain. Visit us today for diagnosis and treatment options that will let you live pain free.

By Foot Health Centers, LLC
December 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Swollen Ankles  

Swollen Ankles

Whether you are pregnant, have increased blood in your body or decreased circulation, or maybe you are a workaholic who is always standing or sitting for long periods of time, there is relief for your swollen ankles. If you are experiencing swollen ankles, your podiatrist offers solutions for finding relief.

Why Are My Ankles Swollen?

Swollen ankles do not just happen to pregnant women, but can affect each and every one of us at any stage of life.  Your ankles swell for an array of reasons, including too much sodium in the diet, sodium retention, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, allergic reasons, trauma and standing too long. 

What Can I Do to Alleviate My Swollen Ankles?

Drink water. When you drink plenty of water you are flushing your system. While this may seem like the opposite thing to do when you are retaining fluid, it helps to flush fluid away with more water. This is effective and will help you to see a reduction in the swelling of your ankles.

Elevate your legs above your heart. Sitting in a recliner with it fully reclined will do wonders for your swollen ankles. However, if you do not have a recliner available, then lying flat on your bed or couch with your feet elevated above your heart on pillows will work well, too.

Walk around. Walking around may help with your blood flow and to reduce the swelling in your legs and ankles, but everything should be performed in moderation. Do not sit or stand in one place for too long. Remember to move your toes and flex your heels every few minutes to improve your circulation.  

Visit your podiatrist. Prolonged ankle or leg swelling can be a sign of an underlying health problem. An appointment with your podiatrist is a wise decision, and will help put your mind at rest. 

By Foot Health Centers, LLC
December 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Intoeing in Children

Normally, most people will walk with their toes and feet pointing straight ahead.  However, sometimes children’s feet turn when they walk, which can be called intoeing or pigeon-toed. Your child may walk with their feet pointing in, but most cases can be corrected on their own as the child grows up, which is why there are not any adults with intoeing. 

Your podiatrist is available to properly diagnose your child’s feet and provide proper treatment plans when needed.  There are three common causes of intoeing:

  • Tibial torsion – the shinbone is the most common twisted bone. This twist can be caused by the way the baby lay in the womb while the bones are still soft. 
  • Femoral anteversion – the thighbone can also be twisted inwards, but is usually corrected in time, slowly.
  • Metatarsus adductus – the feet are curved inwards, and typically get better without treatment, but for some children who have very curved feet, some bracing may help in the first couple of years of life.

According to your podiatrist, children who have intoeing tend to trip a little more at first, but will be fine later on. Children with intoeing will also be just as good at sports and are no more likely to get arthritis or back problems than anyone else. 

Intoeing should not get worse and your child should be able to participate in all types of physical activities.  If you think your child’s intoeing is getting worse, visit your podiatrist. It is important to remember:

  • Most children do not require treatment and self-correct over time.
  • Special shoes and braces are not usually needed and are only recommended in rare cases.
  • Orthotics has no role in the correction of intoeing.

Visit your podiatrist for more information on intoeing and the best measures to take to protect your child from further complications.

By Foot Health Centers, LLC
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that typically forms in the deep veins of the legs, but can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. That is because the blood clot, which usually forms in a calf or thigh deep veins can partially or completely block blood flow back to the heart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins.

The clot can also break free and travel through your blood to major organs, such as your lungs, which can be fatal. By visiting your podiatrist you can better understand DVT and how to properly prevent it from occurring.

Lowering Your Risk of DVT

To lower your risk and help prevent deep vein thrombosis, follow these important steps:

  • Maintain an active lifestyle and exercise daily.
  • Manage your weight by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
  • If you smoke, it is important to quit.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly, and check steps to lower it if necessary.
  • Report any family or personal history of blood-clotting problems to your podiatrist.
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy
  • If you are on an airplane for more than 4 hours, either walk or do leg stretches in your seat and also stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption.

Visit your podiatrist for further information on deep vein thrombosis, and for more tips on how to prevent it from developing.





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