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By Family Foot & Ankle Care
May 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Flat FeetThe arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.

One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.

Factors that increase your risk of flat feet include:

  • Excess weight
  • Age
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Pregnancy

When to See Your Podiatrist

Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. Painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple everyday tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.

Common symptoms associated with flat feet Include:

  • Swelling along the inside of the ankle
  • Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
  • A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
  • Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot

Steps Away from Flat Foot Pain Relief

If you are experiencing pain caused by flat feet, visit our practice for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.

Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:

  • Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
  • Shoe modifications
  • Rest and ice
  • Stretching exercises
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit our practice. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care
May 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetic Foot CarePeople with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care
May 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic  

Diabetes sufferers are at a greater risk for complications and problems with their feet, due to a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. The condition results in damage to the nerves that process signals from the brain and spinal cord to the hands and feet so that they can interpret sensations like heat and pain. When the nerves in the feet of a diabetic patient become weakened as a result of Diabeticneuropathy, they often experience symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain, and become more prone to serious infections and nerve damage.

Diabetic Foot Care in Sparta, NJ

Dr. Philip Caswell, a Sparta, NJ-based foot doctor at Family Foot & Ankle Care, advises his diabetic patients to think about a visit to the podiatrist like a visit to the dentist or a general physician - as a regular and necessary part of their healthcare plan. The reason is simple. Everyday foot care routines like cutting toenails or treating a blister or callous can lead to potentially serious complications for diabetics. Additionally, standard treatments like corticosteroid injections can lead to elevated blood sugar levels.

In addition to taking precautions like keeping the feet clean and dry at all times, cutting toenails straight across and avoiding rounded edges to prevent ingrown toenails, and wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes to avoid blisters, Dr. Caswell advises patients to consult with a podiatrist on a regular basis to ensure that their foot care needs are being met.

Contact a Podiatrist in Sparta, NJ

In addition to their general health needs, diabetic patients must take extra precautions when it comes to foot care in order to remain healthy and avoid potentially serious complications. Regular visits to a podiatrist for maintenance, and at the first sign of a foot infection or injury should be a priority. To learn more about keeping your feet healthy with diabetes, and to schedule an appointment, contact Family Foot & Ankle Care by calling (973) 300-9151 to schedule an appointment today.