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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Paying Attention to Your Feet As You Age

Unfortunately, everyone is aware that as the human body ages, health issues inevitably begin to arise. The elderly are prone to a multitude of ailments that make their life painful or uncomfortable. Oftentimes, feet are indicators of other health issues that may be starting in the body. It is not uncommon for podiatrists to be the first doctors to recognize signs of larger underlying problems after evaluating one’s feet. Systemic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory disease can be spotted early on when looking for the right symptoms in the feet. Symptoms of these conditions to look for include dry skin, brittle nails, burning and tingling sensations, numbness, coldness, and discoloration. Not all foot issues are indicators of serious diseases, but they are all still important to check up on, because they can lead to knee, hip, and lower back pain that can lessen the mobility of an older individual. If you have noticed issues regarding your feet, then it is highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to ensure your overall health.

If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor 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 our office located in San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Flat Feet and Babies

One of the main differences between children and adult feet is the flexibility of the foot. This may be a result of the lack of bones in a child’s foot, which may cause the feet to be soft and supple. Toddlers will generally begin to walk at approximately twelve months of age, and research has shown it is beneficial to encourage the child to walk barefoot indoors, which may aid in developing the strength of the toes. This will enable the child to grasp the floor, which enhances overall balance and the walking process. Potential skin conditions may be avoided when fresh cotton socks are worn daily, in addition to airing the shoes out overnight. The importance of measuring the child’s feet is crucial in determining the correct shoe size, and this should ideally be implemented every three months prior to three years of age. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically develop by the age of seven years old. If you notice any abnormalities about your children’s feet or how they walk, it is strongly advised to speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

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Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Ankle Sprains May Take Time to Heal

Research has shown that several athletes endure injuries to the ankles, and many of these are ankle sprains. It may also be common among the general population, and many people will experience this type of injury at some point in their lives. It generally occurs when the ankle rolls inward, and severe pain and discomfort may often accompany ankle sprains. It may happen as a result of suddenly stepping off a curb or falling from an extended height. This type of injury requires patience and time to heal properly, and walking on it must be executed gently. Once the ankle sprain has occurred, it’s important to rest the foot, which allows pressure to be taken off the ankle. Applying ice to the affected area may be helpful in alleviating a portion of the swelling that may be present, in addition to wrapping the foot in a bandage, which may be useful in applying pressure. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so the correct treatment can begin.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 00:00

Causes of Poor Circulation

Research has shown there may be several indicators of poor circulation. These may include discoloration of the toes, a loss of feeling or numbing sensation, dry skin, or frequent headaches. This condition may typically happen as a result of damage the blood vessels have incurred, and there are several ways for this to occur. Genetics may play a significant role, in addition to having excess fat, lack of following an effective exercise routine, and developing diabetes, which is the result of elevated glucose levels. Poor circulation may be indicative of raynaud’s disease, which typically causes the fingers and toes to lose feeling and become cold. If you are experiencing any symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis this condition and begin the correct treatment.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 04 January 2019 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

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.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 00:00

Why Is Stretching the Feet Important?

Research has shown the importance of properly stretching the feet daily, and this is especially true of athletes who participate in running and jumping activities. When the feet are stretched through a proper warm up routine, injuries may be prevented.  These injuries may include any tears or sprains that may occur as a result of performing running or jumping activities without initially stretching. Stretching may aid in loosening the Achilles tendon, which may prevent injuries such as Achilles tendinitis. Additionally, blood supply will increase when the muscles are properly stretched, and this may generally aid in the enjoyment of your chosen sport. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, consult with a podiatrist who can teach proper stretching techniques.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. 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 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 one, 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 and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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