Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

As you age, elderly foot care becomes increasingly important for maintaining mobility and overall well-being. Elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to foot problems due to factors such as decreased circulation, thinning skin, and loss of natural cushioning. To promote foot health, it is essential for seniors to prioritize regular foot inspections, checking for any signs of redness, swelling, cuts, or sores. Keeping feet clean and moisturized can help prevent dryness and cracking, which can lead to infections. Wearing properly fitting shoes with adequate support and cushioning is vital for preventing foot pain and deformities. Additionally, it is beneficial for seniors to engage in gentle foot exercises, such as toe curls and ankle rotations, to improve circulation and flexibility. If foot pain or other conditions have developed, it is strongly suggested that you contact podiatrist who can offer relief methods and provide additional tips on elderly foot care.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kelly Whaley, DPM from Ohio. 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 Willoughby, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Blisters on the feet commonly develop due to friction and pressure. This can occur when wearing new or ill-fitting shoes, or from intense activities like running or hiking. Blisters are small pockets of fluid that form under the skin to cushion and protect deeper tissues from damage. While blisters often heal on their own, improper care can lead to infection and further complications. A podiatrist can help manage blisters on the feet, both by treating existing blisters and helping with prevention techniques. They can safely drain large or painful blisters in a sterile environment, apply appropriate dressings, and prescribe topical treatments to prevent infection. Additionally, podiatrists can provide valuable advice on selecting the right footwear and using special padding or insoles to reduce friction points. Podiatrists may also recommend specific socks or taping techniques to protect sensitive areas of the feet, which can prevent future blisters and ensure healthy foot care practices. If you have painful or recurrent blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Kelly Whaley, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Poor foot circulation, often referred to as peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can stem from various factors, affecting the flow of blood to the lower extremities. One common cause is atherosclerosis, where arteries become narrowed and hardened due to the buildup of plaque, restricting blood flow. Other contributing factors include diabetes, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, and sedentary lifestyle habits. Symptoms of poor foot circulation include cold feet, numbness or tingling, cramping, or slow-healing wounds. To alleviate symptoms and improve circulation, lifestyle modifications play a critical role. Engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and managing underlying conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are essential. Additionally, practicing proper foot care, including daily washing, moisturizing, and wearing comfortable, supportive footwear, can promote blood flow and reduce discomfort. For severe cases, medical interventions, such as medications or surgical procedures, may be necessary. If you are suffering from poor foot circulation, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Kelly Whaley, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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