Friday, 12 April 2024 00:00

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Ensuring a safe and secure environment is essential for seniors to maintain independence and well-being, especially concerning fall prevention within the home. Start by decluttering living spaces, and removing obstacles such as loose rugs, electrical cords, and furniture that may pose tripping hazards. Install handrails and grab bars in bathrooms and stairways to provide support and stability. Improve lighting throughout the home to enhance visibility and reduce the risk of missteps, particularly in dimly lit areas. Secure loose carpets and mats with non-slip backing to prevent slips and falls. Consider installing ramps or stairlifts for easier navigation between levels. Additionally, keep commonly used items within reach to minimize the need for excessive reaching or bending. Regularly assess the home environment for potential hazards and make necessary modifications to promote safety and peace of mind for seniors. The feet can be affected by falling, causing difficulty in completing daily tasks. If you have endured a foot injury from falling, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you tailored treatment options and effective prevention methods.

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 Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. 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 our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, not just for the body but also for the feet. As the body accommodates the growing fetus, various physiological changes occur, extending to the feet. One notable alteration is the flattening of the arches due to the hormone relaxin, which loosens ligaments to prepare for childbirth. This can lead to overpronation, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of conditions like plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the increased weight and fluid retention during pregnancy can result in swelling and edema in the feet and ankles, further altering their structure and contributing to discomfort. Changes in gait and posture to accommodate the shifting center of gravity can place additional strain on the feet. While these changes are temporary, the importance of maintaining proper foot care during pregnancy is vital to feel well. If you have developed foot conditions during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief tips.

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 Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. 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 our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet. This condition thrives in warm, moist environments, making it particularly prevalent among athletes, hence its name. The fungus responsible for athlete's foot, known as dermatophyte, thrives in communal areas such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and showers, where it can easily spread through direct contact with infected surfaces or through sharing of towels and footwear. Additionally, individuals who wear tight-fitting shoes or frequently sweat excessively are at a higher risk of developing athlete's foot due to the conducive environment it provides for fungal growth. The characteristic symptoms of athlete's foot can include itching, burning, and stinging sensations between the toes or on the soles of the feet. In some cases, the infection may lead to the development of red, scaly patches or blisters. Athlete’s foot can be a stubborn foot condition. If you have developed this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward the best methods for relief and treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC.  our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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