Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

As the aging population continues to grow, the need for specialized podiatric services in geriatrics is becoming increasingly critical. Older adults often face numerous foot and ankle issues due to years of wear and tear, decreased mobility, and chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory problems. These issues can significantly impact their quality of life, leading to pain, decreased mobility, and a higher risk of falls and related injuries. Podiatric care is essential for the elderly to maintain their independence and mobility. Regular foot examinations can help prevent and manage conditions, such as bunions, corns, calluses, fungal infections, and foot ulcers. Proper foot care also aids in the early detection and treatment of serious complications such as peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, which are common in older adults with diabetes. Preventative measures, routine care, and wearing appropriate footwear are vital components of geriatric podiatry services. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot health management, and to address any specific concerns you may have about your feet or ankles. 

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot Institute. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Sever's disease affects children and adolescents, particularly those engaged in physical activities like sports. It is not a disease but rather a disorder caused by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone, known as the calcaneal apophysis. This inflammation results from repetitive stress or tension on the heel bone, often during periods of rapid growth and development. Sever's disease typically affects children between the ages of eight and 14, when the growth plate is still open and vulnerable to injury. Activities that involve running, jumping, or high-impact movements can lead to heel pain, swelling, and tenderness, especially during or after physical activity. Sever's disease is not usually serious and typically resolves with rest and conservative treatments like stretching and heel cushions. However, it can temporarily limit a child's participation in sports and other activities, emphasizing the importance of proper management and injury prevention strategies. If your active child is complaining of heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

A Jones fracture occurs in the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot and has distinct symptoms that necessitate prompt medical attention. Typically caused by a severe direct impact, this avulsion fracture involves the tearing away of a bone fragment by tendons or muscles. Acute pain is often the primary indicator of a Jones fracture, and individuals experiencing persistent pain at the base of the foot should seek immediate medical attention. Other symptoms associated with a Jones fracture include swelling, bruising, and impaired movement of the little toe. Contrary to common belief, movement may still be possible despite the fracture, but will be accompanied by significant pain. Impaired balance also can signal a potential Jones fracture, highlighting the importance of recognizing all symptoms. Swelling, typically localized around the fifth metatarsal bone and pinky toe is another indication of the likelihood of a Jones fracture. Typically, Jones fractures require approximately six to eight weeks to heal properly, and the foot may be immobilized in a cast during this period to promote optimal healing. If you suspect you may have sustained a Jones fracture, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation, including X-rays, and appropriate treatment.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Diabetes can pose significant risks to foot health due to potential nerve and blood vessel damage. Reduced sensation in the feet increases the likelihood of injuries, which may lead to serious complications like foot ulcers, often requiring hospitalization. It is important  for anyone with diabetes to prioritize foot care to prevent such issues. Daily foot inspections are vital, checking for dry skin, blisters, sores, bruises, and any abnormalities. Regular washing with mild soap, careful drying, and moisturizing are also essential steps. Proper toenail trimming techniques help to prevent ingrown nails and other complications, with assistance from a podiatrist recommended for thick or discolored nails that may be infected. Corns and calluses should also be managed by a podiatrist, ensuring safe removal. Wearing well-fitting shoes and clean, dry socks are recommended at all times to prevent injuries. Any foot issues should be promptly reported to a podiatrist, rather than attempting self-treatment. It is suggested that diabetic patients seek assistance from a podiatrist for regular evaluations and necessary foot care.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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