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July 2024

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

When Should Babies Start Wearing Shoes?

Babies do not need shoes until they begin walking outdoors. Until then, crawling or walking barefoot and wearing socks can help the feet to grow and strengthen naturally. Putting shoes on too early can impede proper foot development while restricting movement and growth. When the time is right to choose baby shoes, opt for soft, flexible soles that mimic natural foot motion, allowing toes to grip and flex. Ensure a wide toe box for ample space and breathable materials for comfort. Proper fit is essential, as shoes should be neither too tight nor too loose to prevent blisters and ensure stability. Regularly check for signs of wear and outgrowth to maintain the best support. If you notice any abnormalities concerning your child’s feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat any foot condition and guide you on proper shoe selection.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Managing Edema During Pregnancy

Pregnancy often comes with side effects like swollen feet, or edema. This common issue is the result of your body retaining more fluid and the growing uterus putting pressure on your veins. To manage swollen feet and ankles, start by reducing sodium intake and increasing potassium with foods like bananas, potatoes, and spinach. Drinking plenty of water may seem counterintuitive, but staying hydrated helps your body release excess fluids. Elevating your feet, especially at the end of the day, can also help to reduce swelling. Gentle exercises, like walking and swimming, help boost circulation, while wearing loose, comfortable clothing avoids restricting blood flow. Consider wearing waist-high compression stockings if you spend a lot of time on your feet. A relaxing foot and leg massage can work wonders for reducing fluid buildup. Additionally, staying cool and avoiding prolonged standing can significantly reduce swelling. If edema persists or becomes severe, it's suggested that you seek medical help from a podiatrist who can evaluate the problem, and suggest further treatment as needed.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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Heel pain, often caused by plantar fasciitis, is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. This condition typically results from overuse, wearing poor footwear, or excessive standing and walking, leading to micro-tears in the fascia that cause pain and stiffness, especially in the morning. Treatment for plantar fasciitis usually involves rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and wearing supportive footwear. However, incorporating regular stretching into the treatment regimen can significantly alleviate chronic cases. Stretching exercises target the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles, helping to increase flexibility, reduce tension, and promote healing. Techniques such as calf stretches, towel stretches, and plantar fascia-specific stretches can be particularly effective in managing symptoms and preventing recurrence. If you have persistent or severe heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, who can provide specialized care and further treatment options.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet 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.

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 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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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

All About Bunion Surgery

Surgery is often the only effective treatment for severe cases of bunions, where conservative measures like wearing well-fitting shoes and splints prove insufficient. Bunions can cause significant pain and foot deformity, making walking difficult. The primary goals of bunion surgery are to alleviate pain, enhance foot stability, and restore normal walking function. The surgical process involves repositioning the bones, tendons, and ligaments of the big toe, and stabilizing the foot using metal plates, screws, or wires. Post-surgery, the foot must remain stable with bandages or splints, and a special shoe is often worn to relieve pressure. Initial recovery requires limited walking and elevation to reduce swelling, with gradual weight-bearing as healing progresses. Complete recovery from bunion surgery generally takes four to six weeks, although swelling may continue for up to a year. The decision to undergo surgery depends on the severity of symptoms, degree of bone misalignment, the presence of related conditions like osteoarthritis, and overall health. If you are experiencing pain from a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if surgery is right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, 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.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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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