Items filtered by date: August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Benefits of Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics are specialized shoe inserts designed to provide support, alleviate discomfort, and address various foot-related issues. These devices are available in different types, each catering to distinct needs. Some orthotics offer arch support, helping individuals with flat feet or high arches maintain proper alignment and reduce strain. Others focus on cushioning, which can provide relief for conditions such as plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia. Additionally, functional orthotics aid in correcting irregular walking patterns and promoting better foot biomechanics. Whether you're an athlete aiming to enhance performance, an individual seeking relief from pain, or someone with a medical condition, foot orthotics can prove invaluable. If you would like more information about orthotics, It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine whether they are right for you and which type would work best for your needs.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Dealing With Neuropathic Foot Ulcers

Neuropathic foot ulcers, commonly occurring in individuals with conditions like diabetes or spinal cord injuries, pose significant challenges to foot health. Ulcers form at the site of wounds that won’t heal, causing redness, pain, and inflammation. Treating neuropathic foot ulcers involves several strategies to ensure successful healing and avoid complications. Wound care is essential, involving regular cleansing, dead tissue removal, and proper dressing application to help prevent infections. Specialized shoes or casts can minimize pressure and enhance the healing process. Medications, such as antibiotics and analgesics, can aid in pain control, ward off infection, and accelerate wound healing. Proper management of underlying medical conditions, like diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, also helps to prevent neuropathic ulcers. Lifestyle modifications, including quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and performing regular exercises, are other ways to reduce risk. A vigilant foot care routine, control of blood sugar levels, and safeguarding the feet against injuries are three important preventative factors. For help with foot ulcers, it is suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist who is trained to deal with this condition.

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors 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 office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2023 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Pros and Cons of Ballet Dancers' Feet

Ballet dancers are applauded for their graceful movements and poise, but behind the scenes lies the reality of the toll their ability takes on their feet. The pros of ballet dancer's feet are apparent in their strength, flexibility, and dexterity, allowing them to execute intricate routines with finesse. The intense training helps develop well defined arches and toned muscles. However, the cons cannot be ignored. Constant strain on the feet can lead to painful conditions such as bunions, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. The pressure to maintain a certain appearance may result in dancers pushing through injuries, possibly leading to chronic foot issues. Additionally, the repetitive movements can cause wear and tear on the joints, leading to long term problems. While the beauty of ballet is undeniable, it is essential to acknowledge the physical demands it places on dancers' feet and prioritize their foot health through proper care and attention. It is suggested that ballet dancers include a podiatrist on their medical team who can effectively treat any foot problems that may arise.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

When to See a Podiatrist for Wound Care

As the summer months begin, the risks of cutting or otherwise wounding your feet may increase. Wearing sandals or flip flops, as well as going barefoot more often can increase the chances of having to deal with foot wounds. If you are bleeding profusely from a wound, immediate medical attention is vital. There also may be times when a podiatrist is needed to attend to foot wounds, including punctures, lacerations, toenail injuries, and broken toes. When you step on a nail or other sharp object, the puncture wound may appear small and may not bleed very much. But because the depth of the wound can be a source of infection as well as damage to nerves and tendons, attention from this foot doctor is suggested. Abrasions or scrapes may bleed and ooze fluids, making it difficult to clear it from debris. To avoid infection setting in, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. Similarly, if you have a skin injury and have diabetes or vascular disease, seeing a podiatrist as soon as possible is strongly suggested. 

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors 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 Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Falling May Be Prevented

The percentage of people who are 65 years of age or older that fall every year is staggering. Research has shown approximately 20 percent of these falls can result in a serious injury, including broken ankles and toes. Many injuries can be avoided when effective fall prevention methods are implemented. These can include improving lighting in the household, and removing worn rugs from the living area. Many people choose to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, in addition to using a non-slip bath mat. It is beneficial to have routine physical and eye examinations performed, and this is helpful in monitoring existing eyeglasses and medications. The body can become stronger with regular stretches practiced, which can be successful in preventing falling. If you would like more information about effective fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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