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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Everyday Habits for Elderly Foot Care

As we age, foot problems can become more common and our feet may need more attention. There are several things that can be done daily to help maintain your foot health. Inspect your feet after washing and thoroughly drying them. Look for any blisters, cuts, cracks, dry skin, or sores so that they can be treated early to prevent complications later, such as infection. Moisturize your feet to prevent dry, cracked skin. Keep your nails neat, and trim them straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. Protect your feet by wearing properly fitted shoes and socks. Finally, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating various foot conditions and can help you maintain the health of your feet for years to come. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 office located in Abilene, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Everyday Foot Care to Prevent Foot Problems

There are numerous bones, joints, muscles, and tendons that make up each foot. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and it is important to maintain everyday foot care. Practicing good hygiene habits may be beneficial in preventing potential foot conditions. The ailment that is known as athlete’s foot may be avoided when appropriate shoes are worn in public pools, shower rooms, and surrounding areas. It is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, as this may deter bunions, hammertoe, and corns. Many patients find it helpful to get frequent foot massages, and this can be good in promoting circulation. Please speak with a podiatrist if you would like additional tips on everyday foot care.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

An Overview of Morton's Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a condition that occurs when a nerve located near the base of the toes becomes compressed. This condition causes pain in the ball of the foot that has a burning quality and numbness that radiates to nearby toes. The pain from Morton's neuroma often increases while walking or when the ball of the foot is squeezed. Sometimes, the pain is severe enough to interfere with walking, leading to a limp. If you have symptoms of Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can examine the affected foot, order diagnostic imaging tests, and provide treatment options. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

What Does Sever's Disease Look Like?

Sever’s disease is an overuse injury common in younger children and adolescents who participate in running or jumping activities. This condition is caused by repetitive injury to the growth plate in the heel. If your child has Sever’s disease, they will often exhibit heel pain that begins gradually and worsens with exercise, affects both feet, and improves with rest. They may also exhibit tenderness in their heel when it is touched, pain when the ankle is raised upward, and mild swelling in the heel. In cases that have lasted for a longer period of time, your child may also have an enlarged heel bone. If your child complains of heel pain, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Sever’s disease and other foot and ankle conditions.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Foot Conditions That May Occur in Children

Pain in children's feet may be indicative of growing pains, or underlying medical conditions, and it is important to take notice if your child complains of general aches in their feet. Many young children are active and enjoy participating in running and jumping activities. This may cause sprains, fractures, or injuries to occur. Children who frequent public swimming pools and surrounding areas may get athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection. Additionally, the medical condition that is known as Sever’s disease can affect the growth plate in the heel in young children, and may cause severe pain and discomfort. Occasionally, children may get bunions, and this can be caused by genetic factors or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is suggested that your child is diagnosed by a podiatrist, who can properly manage existing foot pain.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 our office located in Abilene, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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