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July 2019

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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The toes play an important role in maintaining balance in the body. It is natural for the toes to turn upward, and this may be a result of wearing shoes that are too tight. If these types of shoes are frequently worn, the muscles in the toes can become tight, and may not return to their normal length. When the toes have adequate room to move freely, specific foot conditions may be prevented that can include athlete’s foot, hammertoe, and corns. Research has shown that it is beneficial to frequently stretch the toes, and this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. An effective toe stretch happens when the toes are bent downward which stretches the top of the foot. Additionally, it feels good to pull the toes apart, and this may temporarily create space in between the toes. If you would like to learn about the benefits of stretching your toes, please consult with a podiatrist

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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People who enjoy the sport of running may experience chronic foot pain. This can be a result of a gradual stress fracture, or a sudden injury. Research has indicated it may help to perform proper stretching techniques for several minutes before beginning to run, as this can help to prevent running injuries. Range of motion in the legs can be improved by implementing foam rolling on the calves, which can help to increase blood flow to the soft tissue. Additionally, it is beneficial to choose the right running shoes that will provide adequate support, which can protect the body from excessive impact. Many runners understand the importance of slowly building mileage and speed, and this is typically helpful in preventing injuries. If you would like additional information about how to prevent running injuries, please speak with a podiatrist who can provide useful tips.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Who Is at Risk for Foot Wounds?

Foot wounds are described as deep tissue being exposed on the feet when the outer skin is damaged. Wounds are also referred to as ulcers. Some groups of people are more susceptible to having wounds on the feet than others. These people typically have diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease. If you have one or more of these ailments, be sure to check your feet regularly. People also experience wounds from wearing ill-fitting shoes, staying in bed for long periods of time, or incurring an injury. Indications of the presence of an ulcer include drainage, odors, and inflammation. It is imperative to treat a wound early in order to prevent an infection from potentially forming. If an infection materializes, antibiotics or surgery may be necessary. If you believe you have a wound in the foot or ankle area, be sure to see a podiatrist to obtain the proper treatments.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

How Do Cracked Heels Develop?

Many patients experience dry skin on the heels, and this is often the result of a lack of moisture in the skin on the feet. There are several reasons why this condition may develop. These consist of standing for extended periods of time throughout the day, wearing shoes that have an open back, or from being overweight. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions that may contribute to the onset of cracked heels, which can include psoriasis, diabetes, or hypothyroidism. Mild relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried daily, followed by using a good moisturizer. If the cracks on the skin become severe, and appear to be deep, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can recommend proper treatment options.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Pregnant women notice there are many changes that occur to their bodies, and these often include differences in the feet. Foot pain is a common complaint, and it may result from having flat feet. This happens to the feet as the mother-to-be gains weight from the growing fetus. Additionally, swollen feet is a common ailment among pregnant women, and this condition can produce severe discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the feet are elevated, and salt intake is reduced. Ingrown toenails may form during pregnancy, as a result of possible changes in the shape and size of the nail. It is important to moisturize the feet daily, as this often helps in preventing cracked heels from developing. If you would like additional information about how pregnancy affects the feet, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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