Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Foot exams are important for older adults, as aging often brings about various foot problems that can significantly impact mobility and increase the risk of falls. Over time, feet undergo changes such as loss of fat padding, reduced blood circulation, and structural alterations, making them more susceptible to conditions like arthritis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, common age-related issues like diabetes can lead to neuropathy and other complications that exacerbate foot problems. Regular foot care becomes more critical with age, as maintaining foot health directly contributes to overall well-being and independence. If self-care becomes challenging, it is essential to seek assistance from caregivers or healthcare professionals to ensure proper hygiene and monitoring. Routine foot exams involve checking for signs of skin breakdown, infections, deformities, and circulation issues. A podiatrist may also assess gait and balance to prevent falls. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot care, as they specialize in diagnosing and treating foot-related issues.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C.. 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 our office located in Westland, MI. . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 08 July 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

The popularity of running for fitness and exercise has led to a rise in stress fractures of the foot. These injuries are often seen in first-time runners who enter races with inadequate or improper training. The repetitive impact of running can cause hairline fractures in the foot bones, especially when mileage is increased too quickly or training becomes more intense without sufficient rest. Runners at all levels risk stress fractures if they wear unsuitable shoes, have flat feet or bunions, or osteoporosis. Symptoms of a stress fracture include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. Pain often subsides after activity. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for proper healing to prevent the fracture from progressing to a complete break. Runners can reduce their risk of stress fractures by wearing supportive athletic shoes and gradually increasing their activity levels. If you are experiencing foot pain after running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arches of the feet do not develop properly or collapse over time. This condition can be caused by genetic factors, injury, arthritis, or the natural aging process. Obesity and pregnancy may also contribute to the development of flat feet due to increased pressure on the arches. Common symptoms include foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area, swelling along the inside of the ankle, and difficulty standing on tiptoe. Flat feet can lead to problems with walking or running and may cause discomfort in the legs and lower back. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist can help to manage symptoms and prevent further complications. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of this type of doctor who can help you manage this condition and guide you toward relief solutions.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C.. Our doctors 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 Westland, MI. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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