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January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Three Considerations for Elderly Foot Care

The elderly are especially vulnerable to foot problems, as they may have difficulty caring for their own feet. If you are a caregiver to an elderly person, you should be aware of proper foot care practices. Examining the feet regularly for wounds, cuts, scrapes, sores, swelling, or discoloration, as well as asking your loved one if they are experiencing any foot pain, is vital for prevention and early detection of potentially serious foot problems. It is also important to help your loved one maintain good hygiene in regards to their feet. This can be accomplished by washing the feet and then thoroughly drying them on a daily basis. Elderly people may be prone to ingrown toenails. To prevent this, it is suggested that you trim the toenails regularly, cutting straight across and keeping the length to approximately the tips of the toes. To learn more about how you can help a loved one care for their feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. 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 offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves that send information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body become damaged. Peripheral neuropathy has a variety of different causes. It may develop due to genetics, an injury to the nerves, or because of another disorder. One common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, which often leads to nerve damage in the lower limbs. Other conditions associated with peripheral neuropathy can include kidney disease, hormone imbalances, infections such as Lyme disease and HIV, and exposure to certain medicines and toxins. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include muscle weakness, cramps, numbness, and tingling. If you are experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your lower limbs, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Buy Running Shoes Based on Your Needs

When buying new running shoes, it is important to consider the distance you plan to run. For shorter distances, you may want to opt for lightweight shoes. For longer distances, your foot may require a shoe with more support and extra cushioning in the sole. The type of surface that you run on should also be considered. As your stride along the grip may change depending on the terrain. For this reason it is said not to wear the same running shoes on the road as you would for trail running. When you are ready to purchase running shoes, it is a good idea to go shopping in the late afternoon. Your feet naturally swell throughout the day. By shopping later in the day when your feet are at their largest, you can ensure that the shoes will not be too small or tight when you run. For more tips and tricks about finding the right running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

Location of the Plantar Fascia

Pain and discomfort often accompanies the foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis. It can occur as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is located on the bottom of the foot. The Plantar fascia is a portion of tissue that connects the heel to the toes and is crucial in completing basic foot movements. Plantar fasciitis can develop from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time throughout the day, overuse, or from a sudden weight gain. Common symptoms can include heel pain after arising in the morning and difficulty walking. It is beneficial to properly stretch the feet before and after exercising, as this may be helpful in preventing plantar fasciitis. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist to learn about treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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