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April 2024

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Causes of Foot Pain in Seniors

Foot pain among older adults is a common issue, often caused by wearing improper footwear and physical changes in the feet as a result of aging. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as those that are too small, narrow, or high-heeled, can lead to discomfort and an increased risk of falls. Over time, the natural cushioning under the heel and ball of the foot decreases and arches become flatter, all of which can contribute to foot pain. Furthermore, as the joints in the feet stiffen and skin becomes drier, vulnerability to foot infections increases. Many underlying health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, neuropathy, poor circulation, and obesity can add to foot problems in older adults. A podiatrist can help to determine the cause or causes of foot pain in seniors, and is followed by a suggested program of treatment. Options may include wearing proper footwear, prescribing foot exercises, and creating custom orthotic devices to reduce the foot pain. If you are experiencing foot problems associated with aging, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Risk Factors for Foot Stress Fractures

Foot stress fractures are a common injury for athletes and especially runners who engage in repetitive physical activity. Stress fractures are microscopic cracks in the bones, commonly affecting the lower leg, ankle, and foot. They result from persistent pounding of the feet, particularly in high-impact sports like basketball and soccer. Among the risk factors are anatomical abnormalities, osteoporosis, and inadequate nutrition. Pain during activity, swelling, and tenderness are typical signs of stress fractures, yet they are difficult to detect. Diagnosis by a podiatrist typically involves a physical examination and digital imaging tests. At first, rest, immobilization, and pain management techniques may be prescribed. However, orthotic devices or supportive footwear may also be recommended to reduce strain. Ignoring a hairline fracture can lead to more severe complications. If you are suffering from foot pain that may be caused by your physical activities, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if you have developed stress fractures. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Charcot Foot

Charcot foot is a progressive condition that affects the bones and joints in the feet and ankles. It poses significant risks for people with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. One primary cause of Charcot foot is diabetes that exceeds ten years. Further, autonomic neuropathy leads to abnormal bone formation, while sensory neuropathy causes a lack of sensation in the feet that makes them susceptible to trauma. Symptoms of Charcot foot include warmth, redness, and painless swelling in the affected foot. The bottom of the foot may become rounded, also known as rocker bottom, caused by the collapsed bones. Left untreated, Charcot foot can lead to severe complications, including foot ulcers and limb loss. Treatment includes total contact casting, which limits weight bearing for up to three months, as well as necessary wound care. If you have symptoms of Charcot foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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