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April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Barefoot Babies: Pros

Newborns' feet are mostly fatty tissue that progresses into bone as the aging process occurs. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the school years. Research has shown it is beneficial for young children to walk barefoot, as this may help to strengthen the overall foot. Additionally, walking barefoot may help to toughen the soles of the feet. Studies have shown parents may have to guide their children to walk on different surfaces, including dirt, gravel, sand, and carpet. If you would like more information about why your child can benefit from walking barefoot, please consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle 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 one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 21 April 2022 00:00

Why Falls Are a Problem for Older Adults

As we age, several factors combine to make the threat of a fall more prevalent. Balance problems, weaker muscles and poorer eyesight may all contribute to the likelihood of a fall. Most falls happen in the home, and can be caused by inadequate lighting, unsafe footwear, slippery floors, loose rugs and electrical cords, and uneven surfaces. Certain physical conditions, such as low blood pressure, incontinence, and diabetes also may increase the chances of a fall. Many of these issues can be controlled with a few simple lifestyle changes. However, if an elderly person falls more and more often, certain complications may ensue. Among them are hip and thigh fractures, head injuries, wrist fractures, and even a tendency to become more sedentary, which further weakens the muscles. If falling has become a problem for you, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you find ways to prevent injury and reduce any greater risk to your health.

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 Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Corns are like calluses in that they develop from friction on the skin. They are hard, thick patches of skin that usually occur on the feet. Though corns are not serious, they can become irritated and painful. Different types of corns can develop on the feet – hard (the most common), soft, and seed corns. Hard corns are hard, as the name implies, and usually occur on wider areas of thick skin. Soft corns are more likely to be rubbery in texture, are white or gray in color, and are more apt to develop between toes. Seed corns are usually found on the bottom of the foot. Each of these types of corns can hurt as they thicken. Treatment for corns is often as simple as eliminating the source of friction that caused them in the first place. Make sure shoes and socks fit well and are not too loose or tight, trim toenails regularly so they do not push toes up against shoes and moisturize feet to prevent dry skin. If a corn develops, corn pads help to protect from irritation at its site. If a corn is unusually painful, does not go away, or seems infected, or if you have another physical condition that can lead to a greater problem (such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease), a visit to a podiatrist is suggested for proper evaluation and treatment.

 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 08 April 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Arthritis Can Be Found in the Toes

The joints in the body are affected when arthritis is present. The toes are a common place for this condition to develop, and it is often accompanied by severe pain and discomfort. Some of the symptoms that patients experience can include loss of toe function, swelling, and inflammation. The most common form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, and it affects the cartilage between the joints of the toes. Mild relief may be found when shoes are worn that have adequate room for the toes to move in, and it may also help to use a contrast bath. This is defined as putting the foot in a tub of ice water for several seconds, followed by putting the same foot in a bucket of warm water for the same amount of time. For severe arthritis in the toes, medical attention may be needed for relief. If you have symptoms of arthritis in the toes, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment solutions.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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