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Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Basic Steps for Everyday Foot Care

It’s common for many people to overlook their feet until they begin to experience pain and discomfort. Research has shown it’s beneficial for the body to engage in daily foot care. There are certain foot conditions that may develop as a result of not paying attention to any symptoms that may develop. These may lead to serious foot ailments including cracked skin, fungal infections or ingrown toenails. One of the first steps that may be implemented in maintaining healthy feet is to make sure the shoes that are worn fit properly. The optimum time to try shoes on is later in the day, when the feet are at their largest. Additional ways of keeping the feet strong is to learn and practice stretching exercises designed specifically for the ankles and feet. This may aid in the muscles, tendons and ligaments becoming stronger which may alleviate general foot discomfort.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Tina Oliver from Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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

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Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

How to Treat Fungus on Your Toes

If you aren’t confident with the appearance of your feet, you may be reluctant to show them off. A woman named Nora Presti claims she has an “ugly toenail” and decided to have it checked by two different doctors. Both doctors expressed concern that Presti had a melanoma in her nail. Although tests came back negative, she was able to discover that she has toenail fungus. If you think you may have toenail fungus or are experiencing any symptoms related to toenail fungus, a consultation with a podiatrist is advised.  

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Tina Oliver of Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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One of the benefits of working on your feet in the nursing profession, may include an improved circulatory system as a result of walking for the majority of the day. Nursing can be a physically demanding job, and the feet and ankles may benefit from practicing a daily exercise program that will strengthen the tendons, muscles and ligaments. Wearing the correct footwear is a key element in helping to achieve the support the feet need to feel strong. For this reason, it's recommended to purchase new shoes twice a year, and insoles may be added if additional cushioning is needed. Routinely stretching the feet and ankles during the day will help to maintain flexibility and this can be accomplished by pointing and flexing the ankles. If you would like additional information about how stretching your feet during your work day can benefit you, please speak with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Tina Oliver from Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Monday, 04 June 2018 00:00

Causes of Hammertoe

If you have a toe that is bending upwards and pointing down, you may have a condition that is referred to as hammertoe. It is typically a permanent deformity, and is often caused by a genetic trait, or by shoes that fit incorrectly. When this occurs, the muscles in the toes will become shorter as a result of the foot being forced to be in a cramped position. After a proper diagnosis is performed, it is suggested that treatment begins as soon as possible. This may consist of wearing shoes that are large enough to accommodate the deformity of the toes, and learning how to properly stretch the toes may aid in maintaining balance in the foot. For severe hammertoe conditions, surgery may be a necessary option that may be helpful in permanently straightening the toes. Please consult with a podiatrist if you are afflicted with hammertoe.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Tina Oliver from Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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