Items filtered by date: February 2022

Monday, 28 February 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

What Can Be Done About Intoeing in My Child?

Most babies are born with feet that point either straight ahead or slightly outward, but a few have feet that turn inward, called intoeing or “pigeon-toed.” The cause may simply be hereditary or from a lack of space in the womb that curved the feet. The most common cause is called internal tibial torsion, when the leg bone is twisted inward. Another cause, excess femoral anteversion, occurs when the thigh bone twists inward. Neither condition is painful. A third cause, metatarsus adductus, is also when the toe points inward. Several braces are available to help straighten your child’s feet, but in many cases children’s feet will simply straighten out as they get older. However, if your child has difficulty standing, walking, or running, it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist conduct a thorough examination and possibly take X-rays, to determine the cause and available treatment options.

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 Complete Foot & Ankle Care. 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 our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Smelly Feet? Blame Bacteria!

Nothing is more embarrassing than having to take off your shoes in public if you have bromodosis, which is the medical term for smelly feet. What causes bromodosis? Bacteria releasing a foul odor as it metabolizes sweat that has accumulated on your skin. Proper hygiene and foot care can usually help you keep bromodosis at bay. Be sure to wash and dry your feet at least once daily. Try antifungal or antibacterial soap. Dry thoroughly between toes and remove any hardened dead skin which are places where bacteria can thrive. Keep your toenails clean and trimmed. Be sure to put on a fresh pair of socks at least once a day, and possibly more if you exercise or live in a hot climate. Moisture-wicking socks that draw moisture away from your skin are best. Shoes should not fit tightly. They should also be switched out every day so they can dry out to prevent bacteria from growing in them. You can also try antifungal foot spray, medicated foot powder, or even foot soaks. Contact your podiatrist if these measures do not get rid of your bromodosis, or if you believe you may have excessively sweaty feet, medically referred to as hyperhydrosis.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

Helping Your Aging Loved One Avoid Falling

Falling for an older adult can be very dangerous both physically and emotionally. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the primary cause of injury for adults aged 65 and older. What’s more, feelings of depression and apprehension after a fall can prevent them from staying active as well. Here are some basic steps you can take to help the aging adult in your life avoid falling and tripping. Remove any clutter from walkways and stairs and make sure there is ample lighting in these areas. All staircases should have rails on both sides. Remove or secure any loose rugs or mats. In the bathroom, install grab bars in the shower and near the commode. Have their eyes examined to make sure their prescription is current. Check to make sure they aren’t taking any medications that make them drowsy or dizzy. If you see them struggling to get up out of chairs or if they are holding onto walls or furniture to walk around, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. The podiatrist can assess and treat any existing foot conditions and analyze and correct their gait and balance issues with custom orthotics and shoe modifications. They can also suggest specific exercises and stretches to maintain optimal foot and ankle health.

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 Complete Foot & Ankle Care. 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 our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

Potential Causes of Heel Pain

During physical activity such as walking or running, the heel is designed to absorb the impact of your body weight. Because of this, heel pain can have a drastic or even debilitating effect on your everyday life. The leading cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes, becomes partially torn or inflamed. Another common source of heel pain called heel spurs, takes place when calcium builds up under the heel and protrudes out. Heel bursitis may cause heel pain, and this develops when there is inflammation in the fluid-filled fibrous sac under the heel bone. Pain can also arise when the fat pad at the bottom of the heel, which protects the heel bone, wears down over time. There are many other possible sources of heel pain. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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