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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

The Importance of Caring for Elderly Feet

Elderly feet require special attention and care due to the natural aging process and the accumulation of years of wear and tear. As individuals age, the skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity, making it more susceptible to injury and infection. Conditions like arthritis and diabetes, common among the elderly, further compound foot health issues, increasing the risk of complications such as neuropathy, deformities, and slow wound healing. Reduced mobility and circulation also contribute to foot ailments, including swelling, stiffness, and decreased sensation. Neglecting foot health can lead to discomfort, pain, and mobility limitations, significantly impacting quality of life. Regular foot inspections, proper hygiene, and wearing supportive footwear are essential preventative measures. Seeking prompt medical attention for any signs of infection, injury, or discomfort is essential to prevent complications and maintain overall well-being. If you are a senior, or caring for an elderly individual, it is suggested that routine visits are made to a podiatrist where various foot conditions can be treated.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Types and Symptoms of Foot Arthritis

Foot arthritis encompasses various types, each with distinct characteristics and symptoms. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, occurs due to wear and tear on the joints over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected areas. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, results in inflammation of the joints, including those in the foot. This can lead to intense pain, swelling, and deformities. Furthermore, post-traumatic arthritis develops following injuries to the foot, such as fractures or severe sprains, leading to progressive joint degeneration and chronic pain. Regardless of the type, foot arthritis often manifests as discomfort during weight-bearing activities, such as walking or standing, accompanied by reduced mobility and stiffness. Additionally, individuals may experience tenderness, warmth, and joint instability in the affected foot. If you have arthritis that is affecting your feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 02:00

A Closer Look at Plantar Fibromas

Plantar fibroma is a condition that affects the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot, particularly the arch area. This condition often manifests as a small, firm nodule or lump that develops gradually over time. While the exact cause remains unclear, factors such as trauma or genetics may play a role in its development. Plantar fibromas can vary in size and may cause discomfort or pain, especially when walking or standing for prolonged periods. In some cases, they can interfere with footwear, making it uncomfortable to wear certain shoes. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination by a podiatrist, and sometimes imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI’s are needed. It is essential for individuals with plantar fibromas to work closely with their podiatrists to determine the most appropriate management plan for their specific situation. If you have a plantar fibroma, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor who can effectively treat this condition.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

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

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