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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Should My Child Wear Shoes at an Early Age?

Research has shown the average child takes approximately 20,000 steps per day, triggering the thought process for parents to choose the right shoes for their child. This can help to support and protect the child’s feet as they grow older. Many parents feel it is best if their child walks barefoot while indoors, which may  help to strengthen the feet. The toes can become stronger from gripping the floor, and this can positively affect balance. Some parents believe that foot and toe deformities can come from wearing shoes at an early age, and they may encourage their children to walk barefoot while indoors and outdoors. When the first shoes are purchased for protection against the outside elements, it is beneficial that the shoes are flexible, lightweight, and have a strong and stable structure. Children’s feet grow at an accelerated speed, and it is suggested that their feet are often measured, which can determine the correct shoe size. If you have questions about what type of shoes to buy for your child, please contact a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Can Athlete’s Foot Be Prevented?

Athlete’s foot is a common foot condition that can affect people from all walks of life. Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and it develops due to a fungal infection. The fungus that is associated with athlete’s foot lives and breathes in warm and moist environments consisting of public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. The fungus enters the body and infects the top layer of skin on the feet. It can cause itchiness and redness, and in severe cases, small blisters may form. Preventive measures can include washing and drying the feet daily and wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, or towels, and using a disinfecting spray for the inside of the shoes may help to eliminate the fungus. Patients with this condition are urged to consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe effective medication to treat athlete’s foot.

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 one of our podiatrists from Farah Podiatry Associates.  Our doctors 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 Trenton, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Stretching and Beneficial Foot Exercises

The feet are critical parts of the human body that require a lot of important attention and care to keep them functioning well. One important way in which individuals can keep their feet healthy and strong is to practice regular exercises and foot stretches. Different exercises can be performed for different purposes. For example, one might perform toe stretches to target and strengthen the toes. This can be performed by facing a wall and keeping the balls of the feet on the floor while letting the toes run up the wall. During this stretch, one might even be able to slightly bend the knees, deepening the stretch. This practice will effectively strengthen the toes. Of course, there are a variety of different exercises that can improve other parts of the feet. For example, an individual can perform calf stretches to improve flexibility and mobility. If you think that you might benefit from practicing foot exercises, contact a podiatrist today for specific foot stretches.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

High Heels and Pregnancy

Wearing high heels can be significantly damaging to the feet for many different well-established reasons. For example, wearing high heeled shoes can put an excess amount of pressure on the toes. If a woman wears high heels while she is pregnant, there is a whole other host of problems that can occur. When a woman becomes pregnant, she experiences a variety of changes to the feet that can alter the balance of her weight. Additionally, if a woman wears high heels while she is pregnant, it can further exacerbate any swelling in the feet that might already be occurring because of the pregnancy. Wearing shoes with heels that are high can also reduce a pregnant woman’s stability, which might lead to falls that would be potentially very dangerous for both the woman and her growing baby. For more information about high heels during pregnancy, contact a podiatrist today.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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