Orthotics for sore feet

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Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes to provide support that is customized and superior to that of untreated shoes. Your podiatrist uses orthotics to correct issues with the feet, ankles, knees, and hips that cause pain. Orthotics balance the forces on these structures to help you walk, run, and stand with healthy posture. One of the most common uses for orthotics is to relieve heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Orthotics may also be prescribed to address pain in the Achilles tendons, shins, and knees. The type and shape of the orthotics you receive will depend upon the condition they are meant to treat. Custom orthotics are made using measurements and scans of your feet and legs in order to ensure the right fit and function. Your podiatrist will instruct you on the use and care of your orthotics to achieve the best results.

Village Podiatry Centers provides orthotics in addition to many other treatments for foot and ankle injuries or pain. Click through our website to learn more about foot care for children, seniors, diabetics, and more. You can reach us by calling us to find the location nearest you.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Pedicures

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Pedicures clean the feet and give you a chance to show off beautiful nails. However, there are some key points to keep in mind to ensure your pedicure is a healthy experience for your nails and feet. If you experience foot or nail trouble following a pedicure, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

Do Use Clean Utensils

Foot fungus and bacteria can be easily transferred via contaminated pedicure utensils. Ensure that your salon sterilizes utensils between each use or bring your own tools and ask that your pedicurist use them. When performing your own pedicures at home or between professional treatments, sterilize your tools at home with a disinfectant tray and solution.

Don’t Cut Nails in a Curve

Although you can cut your fingernails in a curved fashion, this is a bad idea for your toes. Toenails grow slower than fingernails, and cutting them in a curved shape increases your risk for developing ingrown toenails. Cut toenails straight across or request that your pedicurist do this for you.

Do Regularly Remove Nail Polish

Old, worn, or peeling nail polish not only looks unpleasant, it can be bad for your toenails as well. Use a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove polish on a regular basis to promote healthier nails. If you are experiencing nail problems, avoid using polish to cover up the issue—visit your podiatrist for treatment instead.

Don’t Cut the Cuticles

Your nail cuticles protect your feet against bacterial infection. Never cut the cuticles, as this undermines their protection and can lead to painful nail and foot infections. Also limit the frequency with which you push the cuticles back against the base of the nail. Frequent compression can cause cuticles to thicken and develop problems.

With the right information, your pedicure will not only look great, but promote better foot health as well.

How Arthritis Affects the Foot and Ankle

Arthritis is a common affliction that affects people as they approach middle age and beyond. Most people tend to think of arthritis as a condition that affects the hands, but it is very common to experience arthritis in the feet and ankles. Village Podiatry treats patients with arthritis of the foot, among the variety of conditions addressed at our podiatry centers.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis commonly exhibits a general stiffness of the joints in the feet and ankles. This can affect any of the joints from the toes and metatarsals to the heel and ankle structures. This stiffness may also be associated with pain or sensitivity. Persons with arthritis sometimes experience swelling of the affected joints that adds to the pain and stiffness. Usually, arthritis symptoms in any of the joints of the feet will affect mobility.

Types of Arthritis

Your feet may be affected by a few different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative arthritis that results from the general wear and tear of joints that comes with age. Rheumatoid arthritis is a general arthritis which affects any number of joints throughout the body. Post-Traumatic Arthritis is a condition that results from an injury sustained in the area of the joint, sometimes years after the fact.

Treatment of Arthritis

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Depending on the severity of pain and the location of pain, your arthritis may be treated with medication, shoe support, cane support, or physical therapy from your podiatry center. If your condition is severe enough, your foot doctor may recommend surgical treatment. Consulting your podiatrist is the best way to determine the treatment method that is best for you.

Visit VillagePodiatry today if you are experiencing arthritis pain that requires diagnosis and treatment. Our podiatrists will work with you to treat your pain appropriately.

How Diabetes Affects the Feet

 

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Although feet may appear small and delicate, they play a vital role in your body’s overall health. Combined, they contain more than a quarter of the bones in your body that support you on a daily basis. For people with diabetes, their risk for developing foot disease is doubled. In fact, 30 percent of those with diabetes eventually have some sort of foot problem. A minor cut, bruise or scratch can have a devastating impact on your body’s foundational structures.


Nervous System


The nervous system is how your body transmits signals. It works by creating sensations about the environment through your five senses. For people with diabetes, the level of glucose in their blood is exceptionally high. This makes it more difficult for the nervous system to function properly and affects the feeling and sensations in the feet. Many times, diabetic patients are unable to notice changes in temperature in their feet or feel pain. This numbness is important because it makes it more difficult to detect when their feet are cut, bruised or scraped. If these minor conditions are untreated, they can lead to more serious infections and surgery.


Blood Circulation


In those with diabetes, blood vessels often constrict and narrow. This can lead to blockage in the arteries, and difficulty in blood flow throughout the body. When the leg arteries are affected, your body experiences a significant decrease in blood flow to the legs and feet. This means that sores or cuts on the feet won’t be able to receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients in order to heal properly. If these minor cuts are unable to heal, the infection can spread and cause the foot tissue to die. In these cases, surgical amputation becomes the only option for treating the area.


If you would like to find out more about diabetic foot health, Village Podiatry Centers can help. Our knowledgeable and experienced podiatric physicians will work with you to ensure that your feet stay in the best possible condition.

When Should I Call a Podiatrist?

Sometimes, your first inclination is to ignore foot or ankle pain, hoping it will go away on its own. However, how do you know when it’s time to call a podiatrist? Check out the following information for tips on when your pain is serious enough to warrant a call to the doctor.

  • If you notice changes on your feet, such as cracked or peeling skin, blisters or other noticeable changes to your skin or nails, it’s time to call the podiatrist for an evaluation. Additionally, persistent pain of any kind that does not abate after two weeks means you should be checked out by your foot doctor.
  • Bacterial infections of cuts or cracks on the foot are serious, especially in people who also suffer from diabetes. These infections require treatment by a podiatrist and can cause a number of symptoms including red streaks on the skin of your foot, discharge of pus from cuts or cracks, pain, swelling, sensitivity to cold or heat, a fever of 100 degrees or higher that has no other obvious cause, or a noticeable spread of infection to surrounding skin or other areas of the foot, including toenails.
  • Heel pain in particular should be evaluated by a podiatrist, especially if it occurs along with a fever, warmth or swelling of the foot and sensations of numbness or tingling in the heel. If you experience heel pain that cannot be reduced by over-the-counter medications, ice or elevation, schedule an appointment with your foot doctor as soon as possible.

What are bunions?

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hallux_valgus1Bunions bring woe to sandal-lovers who feel compelled to hide these bony protrusions at all times. Podiatrists see plenty of bunions when they are treating their patients, with symptoms ranging from aesthetic dissatisfaction to pain and swelling. What exactly are bunions, and what can you do about them? Here are some questions foot doctors commonly get about bunions:

What Are Bunions?

Bunions occur when the big toe joint becomes inflamed and starts jutting outward. Usually, this happens when the joints from the other toes bump into the big toe joint and push it outward. The resulting lump, which appears on the outer side of the big toe, is called a bunion. Occasionally, smaller bunions called bunionettes appear alongside the little toe.

What Causes Bunions?

Uneven weight bearing among your foot joints and tendons is the main cause of bunions. Poor-fitting shoes and high heels most often cause this uneven distribution, though injuries, arthritis, and congenital defects can also be to blame. If you spend much of your day on your feet, you have a higher chance of developing bunions. Lastly, pointed-tip shoes can crowd your toes and trigger bunion formation.

How Are Bunions Treated?

Podiatrists have several treatments they can try to alleviate bunions. Most people find relief with non-surgical treatments. Sometimes, simply replacing your shoes with ones that fit properly is the only treatment necessary. Your foot doctor may also tape your feet to hold them in a healthy position and reduce the pressure on your bunions. Custom-made orthotics can also provide great relief from bunion pain. If non-invasive treatments are ineffective, your foot doctor may perform surgery to remove your bunion. To avoid reoccurrences, you will need to carefully select your shoes after your procedure.