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November 2022

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Foot Care Exercises for Seniors

It is critically important that seniors take the necessary steps to keep their feet healthy and strong. Often, seniors do not engage in the activity necessary to keep the muscles in their feet strong. As a result, they might be making themselves more vulnerable to suffering foot injuries or enduring a fall from weak feet. To strengthen the feet, senior citizens might consider performing certain foot exercises to improve strength and stability. For example, a senior might massage the feet with a tennis ball and perform ankle circles. As part of a daily foot exercise routine, a senior might also consider performing different toe, foot and ankle stretches. If you are a senior citizen looking to improve strength in the feet, contact a podiatrist today.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Middle Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 00:00

The Best Shoes to Wear When You Have Bunions

A bunion is a bony deformity at the base of the big toe. This toe may start to point inwards towards other toes and the foot bones face out. Bunions often cause pain and swelling over the big toe joint. Reasons people get bunions are unknown, but they may be due to genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes that are too tight, a foot injury, or arthritis. Wearing high heels can also increase the chances of one developing a bunion. Anyone can develop a bunion at any time in their life but the incidence of getting one rises by more than one-third after age 65. Also, women are more likely to suffer from this condition than men. When one has a bunion, the shape of their foot can change, and trying to find shoes that can be both comfortable and stylish can be frustrating. Wearing proper footwear for bunions is imperative to prevent worsening of the condition. Some tips for finding the right shoes include looking for shoes with a wide toe so the toes can splay rather than being pushed forward, opting for leather, suede, or elasticated materials which have more give, and making sure the widest part of the shoe corresponds to the widest part of the foot. If you suffer from a bunion, contact a podiatrist who can offer treatment options as well as more advice on selecting the best shoes.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Middle Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Pediatric Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common reason for heel pain. This condition results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tendon connecting the heel to the toes. People of all ages can suffer from plantar fasciitis. It is developed over time and several factors can play into the cause of it. When children have this ailment, it is often associated with overuse. Repeated stress from being active in sports, being on their feet a lot, and not properly stretching before and after workouts might lead to plantar fasciitis. Anatomical deformities, like high arches or an inverted position of bones in the heel, can predispose active kids to develop this condition. It is generally associated with a painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate, known as calcaneal apophysitis. Ill-fitting, poorly cushioned footwear that does not provide adequate arch support can be another reason a child might develop plantar fasciitis. Typical symptoms are heel pain, particularly upon arising, that improves with walking, and tenderness near the arch of the foot. Since untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to complications, such as heel spurs or a rupture of the plantar fascia, it is suggested that if your child complains of heel or foot pain, you consult with a podiatrist who can make a proper diagnosis and offer a treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM  from Middle Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

How Running Can Affect Your Toenails

Throbbing pain in one or more toenails can make running an uncomfortable exercise. If your toenail turns black, blue, or gray after a long run, it can be a sign of bleeding underneath the nail. This condition is known as a subungual hematoma, more commonly as runner’s toe. If the toenail raises from the nail bed, it is likely to fall off, but eventually, a new nail will grow to replace it. The main reason for black toenails is the continued rubbing of the toe against the inside of the shoe. This is frequently the result of running downhill or wearing running shoes that don’t fit properly. Taking a break from running, and avoiding downhill terrain are suggested as ways to treat runner’s toe. If swelling and pain persist, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist for an examination. One possible treatment is to drain the fluid beneath the nail by drilling a hole in it, a procedure called trephination. Your podiatrist can suggest the proper treatment to get you back to running.


 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Middle Tennessee Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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