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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

Obesity and Foot Problems

Obesity is often linked to foot problems. Those who are overweight have a greater risk of wear and tear problems, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and heel pain. A mere one pound can increase pressure on hips, knees, and ankles by eight pounds. Type II diabetes is also often associated with obesity and this health condition can have serious effects on the feet. One with diabetes can develop numbness and loss of sensation in their extremities and this can prevent them from feeling pain in their feet. Sores and wounds can develop without them knowing it if they do not check their feet regularly. Weight control is essential to alleviating foot pain. If you are overweight and have foot pain or if you have diabetes, carefully monitor your food intake, do regular exercise, and consider consulting with a podiatrist who can help guide you in taking care of your feet.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, 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.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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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Experts say that 90 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) will experience problems with their feet and ankles. Inflammation from this disease causes pain, swelling, redness and a limited range of movement in the joints. In addition, the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons are broken down by the immune system. This, in turn, may cause difficulty in standing and walking for long periods of time. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the ankle by making it more difficult to go up and down steps. In the hindfoot area, RA impedes the ability to walk on uneven surfaces, such as gravel. Pain generally starts on the outside of the foot, and eventually moves to the arch and the inside of the foot. It may even lead to flat feet as bones shift and become damaged. In the midfoot, the ligaments that support the feet become weaker and cause a collapse of the arch. Deformities in the toes, such as bunions and hammertoe, caused by rheumatoid arthritis may make it difficult not only to walk, but to wear shoes. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it is a good idea to develop an ongoing relationship with a podiatrist to monitor these and other changes to your feet and ankles.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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, 14 June 2022 00:00

Can Stretching Help Plantar Fasciitis?

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis affects the heel and the arch. It happens as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toe. This problem is often painful. This is a common foot condition among athletes or in people who stand for long periods of time throughout the day. Plantar fasciitis gradually develops, and can cause pain while walking upon arising in the morning. Additionally, it may occur from genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from running on uneven surfaces. Many patients are aware of stretches that can be practiced which may bring mild relief. These can include a heel drop which is done by standing on a step, and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Range of motion exercises can be done that may help to generally increase the strength of the overall foot. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

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 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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Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 00:00

Choosing the Right Running Shoes

Faced with a myriad of shoes one can find in running stores, it can be hard to determine which is the right pair for you. The most important criterion in buying new running shoes is that they be comfortable while running. There are many components of a running shoe that should be evaluated to make sure they fit the shape of your feet and provide adequate support and protection. Instead of choosing shoes based on looks, focus on fit, feel, and function. Make sure the shoes you buy are roomy enough in the toe box for the toes to move freely and not be shoved up against the front of the shoe. Shop for running shoes later in the day after the feet have done their normal swelling and make sure you bring the socks you will wear and any inserts you normally use so as to get the right size shoe and fit. Measure your feet to make sure you are not assuming you know the right size to purchase. If you are a runner, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to obtain expert advice on the best shoes for your particular feet and tips to deal with any current or potential foot problems.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, 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.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our 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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