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December 2023

Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Podiatrists Can Help With Falls Prevention

Podiatrists play a vital role in preventing falls among the elderly population in various ways. A couple of important ways they can help is by assessing footwear and prescribing custom foot orthotics. Wearing proper footwear can significantly improve balance and gait, offering better stability and reducing the risk of falls. Since many older adults wear improperly fitting shoes, a podiatrist can recommend appropriate footwear, including shoes with good traction suited to various conditions, and modifying existing shoes for a better fit. Custom foot orthotics are designed to support the feet and enhance feedback to the brain, which improves balance. They can accommodate different foot shapes and deformities, making each step more comfortable and stable, thus reducing the risk of falls. If you are elderly and want to ensure that you are doing all you can to prevent falling, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate your situation and provide the help you are seeking.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

The Introduction of Shoes for Babies

The question of when babies should start wearing shoes is a consideration that aligns with their developmental milestones. As a general guideline, infants typically are barefoot in their early months, allowing their delicate feet to explore and develop naturally. Shoes are introduced when babies begin to take their first steps, usually at the age of nine to 12 months. At this stage, shoes provide protection and support for those wobbly steps, aiding in balance and preventing potential injuries. Prioritizing shoes that are lightweight, flexible, and properly fitted is vital, ensuring the natural growth and formation of the feet. Soft-soled shoes with room for toes to move are recommended, promoting proper foot development. As children gradually transition to more stable steps, selecting shoes that accommodate their newfound mobility becomes an essential consideration for their comfort, safety, and continued healthy foot development. If you would like more information about what type of first shoes to buy for your child, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Definition and Grades of Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is a common injury, characterized by the stretching or tearing of ligaments connecting the bones in the ankle joint. The severity of ankle sprains is often classified into three grades, each delineating the extent of ligament damage. In Grade I sprains, ligaments stretch but experience minimal tearing, causing mild pain and swelling. Grade II sprains involve partial ligament tears, resulting in moderate pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. The most severe, Grade III sprains, signify complete ligament tears, leading to significant pain, swelling, and instability, often rendering the affected ankle incapable of bearing weight. Recognizing the distinct grades is essential for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Understanding the gradation of ankle sprains empowers individuals to address these injuries effectively and facilitate a smoother recovery process. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer the treatment that is right for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 09 December 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Chronic Ingrown Toenails

Chronic ingrown toenails can be a persistent and painful foot condition. They occur when the edge of the toenail, usually on the big toe, grows into the surrounding skin, leading to discomfort, swelling, redness, and sometimes infection. While an occasional ingrown toenail is common and often manageable at home, chronic ingrown toenails are a recurring problem. Several factors can contribute to chronic ingrown toenails, including improper nail trimming, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, genetics, and underlying foot deformities. Over time, chronic ingrown toenails can lead to pain and discomfort, making it difficult to walk and wear shoes comfortably. Treatment options for chronic ingrown toenails may include gently lifting the ingrown edge of the nail and placing cotton or dental floss under the nail to encourage it to grow away from the skin. In more severe cases, a podiatrist may need to trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail, and in some instances, surgery may be necessary to permanently correct the problem. If you have ingrown toenails and you are experiencing pain or if it is a repeated issue, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment and proper management of this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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