Posts for: April, 2014
Pope Francis is widely known for having a particular affection for the population of elderly folk he greets. He often states that the world usually prefers to, “…hide physical frailty.”
Well, this time next week, the Pope will be backing up his words with deeds as he washes the feet of the elderly and disabled residents of Centro Santa Maria dell Provvidenza Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi home.
The ritual is part and parcel of Maundy Thursday, an act that references the event in which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to demonstrate his humility.
The good news is that you don’t have to be the Pope to take care of your feet. If you or someone you know needs expert foot care, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, DPM of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assess your injury or foot and ankle concerns.
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.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
· Injuries left unnoticed
· Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
· Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
For more information about the Elderly and their Feet, read the following article.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our office located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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The Iowa State University women’s volleyball team won all three matches of their spring debut in their home court last week, in spite of the questionable status of one of their best players. Up until last week, sophomore Ciara Capezio was recovering from surgery she had needed to fix a case of Morton’s Neuroma, and her coaches wasn’t sure she would be ready to play at the start of the season.
But Capezio returned to her position without much trouble and aided the Cyclones in their domination of Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska-Omaha, and Northern Iowa.
Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition that makes it difficult to have a normal life. If you or someone you know suffers from this condition, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew Cohen, DPM of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose and advise treatment for any condition with which you may be struggling.
Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.
Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.
How Does It Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)
Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following:
- Apply padding to the arch
- Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling
- Reduce strenuous activities
- Provide wider shoes
Surgery will be a last option if the podiatrist decides nothing else seems to working. A surgeon will follow the right steps to ensure which suits you better.
For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently launched a new online resource called ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy’ that’s designed to provide the public with a wide range of information about keeping children’s feet healthy.
The ‘First Steps’ educational source touts the importance of having kids see medical professionals at a young age to ensure their feet will be healthy as they grow up. "It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports," said APMA President Frank Spinosa.
By introducing kids to good foot care habits you can make sure their feet will stay healthy as they age. For help with keeping children’s feet healthy, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can teach you about different ways to keep kids’ lower extremities clean and free of injury.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.
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’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
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 of 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
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Lindsay Lohan, the subject of a new documentary series currently being broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network, is apparently suffering from athlete’s foot. The National Inquirer claims that the actress has a fungal infection that is exacerbating a foot odor problem she’s had for most of her life.
“Lilo’s horrified by her athlete’s foot,” states a “friend” of the actress. “She has no idea where she caught it because she’s always so careful in communal bathrooms and spas. But she’s suffered smelly feet ever since she was a teenager, and it’s been a hugely embarrassing cross to bear.”
Athlete’s foot is an irritating condition that can be prevented with proper foot care. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will explain to you how fungal infections develop and recommend ways to protect your feet from this kind of condition.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.
What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.
For more information about Athlete’s Foot, please follow the link below.
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43-year-old Emma Bech has four children and is a teaching assistant who recently recovered from a devastating stroke. Bech wondered how she would continue her work standing on her feet after she was left paralyzed down her right side; when she suffered a severe stroke three years ago.
Bech couldn’t walk, speak, feed or even dress herself. Doctors couldn’t find an answer for her condition, until little by little Bech was able to regain her mobility thanks to in part of an electronic device worn around leg.
According to Daily Mail, three hundred thousand stroke survivors have a form of a disability, which is in Emma’s case, drop foot. Drop foot makes walking difficult and injury risks greater to the foot. ‘I could feel sensation in my foot, but couldn’t control it properly,’ says Emma.
When working or standing on your feet for a long time, it is important to select the proper shoes for your health. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, consulting a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center is highly recommended. Dr. Cohen can treat your injury and provide you with the care you need to keep your feet healthy at work.
Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions by:
Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot.
Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.
Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere.
Learn more on how to eliminate foot pain by following the link below.
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