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Don’t Fall Flat: Everyday Care For Feet With Fallen Arches

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Fall Flat: Everyday Care For Feet With Fallen Arches

Flat feet may sounds like a minor, easily ignored condition to many of us, but those of us unfortunate enough to suffer from fallen arches know just how debilitating this innocuous sounding condition can become. Without the support of a properly formed arch, a flat foot can become swollen and painful as overworked tendons become damaged, a problem exacerbated by sports, exercise or even a gentle stroll.  However, there are many treatments available that not only relieve the discomfort of flat feet, but help correct the shape and mechanisms of the fallen arch or arches, with the end goal of reshaping the foot back into a healthy curve. Your podiatrist will discuss the various treatments available with you in detail – what you will be offered depends largely on the nature and severity of your flat feet: Minor cases If your flat feet are causing pain and discomfort, but are not considered seriously damaged enough to warrant corrective surgery or other invasive treatments, your podiatrist will generally offer the following treatment options: R&R – In many minor cases, resting the affect foot or feet is the easiest and most effective treatment. Intermittent swelling and/or pain (for instance, after a long walk) will ease off fairly quickly if the tendons are allowed to relax – you can supplement treatment with ice packs to reduce swelling more quickly and partially numb pain. Analgesics – Painkillers are temporarily prescribed in many cases, and usually take the form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation alongside alleviating pain. Physiotherapy – If pain caused by fallen arches is a minor but chronic problem, limited physiotherapy can help. Exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the over-exerted tendons in the arch of the foot can help to reduce symptoms, and can be performed at home or under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist. Deep tissue massage to accompany the therapy can help relieve strain on tired lower leg muscles. Orthotic insoles – Special orthotic insoles can be worn inside your shoes, to slowly reshape your feet as you walk. These devices are a good long-term treatment, but can be painful or uncomfortable to use at first. You should also make sure to use insoles that have been customised to fit your feet – generic insoles some in standardised sizes and shapes and can do more harm than good in some cases. Severe cases In the event of a totally collapsed arch, where the whole of the sole of the foot is touching the ground, more serious corrective procedures may be necessary: Corticosteroids – in cases of severe pain and inflammation (for instance when an arch tendon has become partially torn) a direct injection of corticosteroids into the affected foot can provide quick and effective relief. However, corticosteroid use should be kept to a minimum, as long term use can lead to some nasty side effects. Other orthotic devices – If simple insoles aren’t cutting it, larger braces or casts that support the ankle and calf as well as the foot may be more effective. These larger orthotic devices can be more cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear, but the extra support can assist your lower leg muscles in adjusting to your changing foot shape, speeding the corrective process. Surgery – Surgery to correct a fallen arch is generally considered a...

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Signs That It May Be Time to See a Podiatrist

Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That It May Be Time to See a Podiatrist

Sore and aching feet don’t always need the attention of a doctor; soreness after being on your feet all day or wearing shoes that pinch can be expected, and certain minor injuries of the feet may simply heal on their own. However, there are times when you want to see a podiatrist to have your feet examined and have him or her intervene. Certain conditions may not heal by themselves and may be very serious, so they may require medical attention as soon as you notice them. Note the following. 1. Severe pain or swelling after an injury If you stub your toe or twist your ankle slightly while walking, you may only need to wait for the pain to subside. However, if you’ve severely twisted your ankle or have otherwise suffered a major injury, and especially if you notice severe pain and swelling, you want to visit a podiatrist. You may have broken a bone or sprained a joint in your foot, or may have damaged the muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the foot. Not having these treated as you should can mean increased pain over time and a wound that may not heal on its own.  2. Abnormal lumps or bumps on the feet Lumps and bumps on the feet can be ankle or other bone spurs, or simply warts. They can also be signs of skin cancer or other serious conditions. You should never ignore lumps and bumps anywhere on your body, but unfortunately many people assume that bumps on the feet are simply calluses or other conditions that they can overlook. No matter their size or appearance, if you suddenly notice lumps and bumps of any sort, see a podiatrist at least for a proper examination and diagnosis. 3. Blisters, bleeding, or cracking of the skin Your feet may be somewhat dry and the skin may crack slightly around the heels, simply because the skin in that area is so thick. You may also note some dryness after keeping your feet in thick socks all day, or if you just tend to have dry skin. Even so, very severe problems with the skin on your feet shouldn’t be ignored, and especially if you have blisters that won’t heal and any type of bleeding. You may have a foot fungus or an infection in an open wound that should be treated so it won’t spread and simply get worse over time. Very dry and cracked skin may also need prescription medication so it doesn’t start to bleed and increase your risk of...

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