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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Protecting Your Feet While Working

Many people are involved in jobs where standing is mandatory for most of the day. There may be methods that can alleviate any foot pain, which may be present while working, including using shoe inserts, standing on stress mats instead of hard flooring, or wearing compression stockings. Additionally, it may be beneficial to change positions frequently during the day, which may include sitting for short periods at a time and performing gentle stretches. Wearing shoes that are comfortable and fit well may aid in diminishing aches and pains the feet may endure. Research has shown it may be best to try shoes on after the work day is completed, and this may allow for any swelling that may be present. Properly taking care of your feet while completing the work day may help to prevent painful foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. If you would like additional information about the importance of protecting your feet while working, please consult 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. Marla Wilson from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Wilson 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 one of our offices located in Springfield and Litchfield, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Foods That May Help Poor Circulation

The importance of maintaining good circulation throughout the body is critical in the removal of waste and toxins that may be present in the blood, in addition to the necessary distribution of oxygen to the cells. The disadvantages of having the condition known as poor circulation may include the formation of blocked arteries, memory loss, or tinnitus. There are several symptoms that may be associated with this condition, including numbing or tingling sensations, cold feet, a possible lack of energy, or headaches. Research has shown there may be specific foods that can be ingested, which may increase blood flow throughout the body. These may include spicy foods, oranges, fish and garlic. Additionally, it may be helpful to become involved in a gentle exercise program daily such as swimming, walking, or starting a yoga practice. If you are experiencing any symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and suggest correct treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Marla Wilson of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Wilson will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Monday, 07 January 2019 00:00

Are Foot Massages Effective?

Research has shown that a popular form of therapy for the feet are foot massages. It is suggested there may be several benefits why this form of therapy is practiced, including strengthening the bones and muscles, increasing rejuvenating energy in the body, in addition to possibly helping with neurological diseases. The most common form of foot massages is known as the Swedish foot massage, and many patients enjoy this type of therapy for the relaxation and increased energy it may bring. Patients who have experienced ankle pain or arthritis may choose to have a reflexology foot massage performed, and this will typically focus on that specific part of the body. If you would like additional information about the effective types of foot therapy, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Dr. Marla Wilson of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Wilson can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What To Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Springfield and Litchfield, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 00:00

Gout Is Known as “Foot Trap”

Gout is known to be one of the oldest diseases, and Greek physicians referred to this condition as “foot trap”. Severe pain and discomfort typically accompany this ailment, and this is a result of uric acid crystals lodging in the joints of the big toe. If you are experiencing a gout attack, you may notice additional symptoms that may include swelling, redness, and extreme tenderness when touched. There are several reasons why gout may occur, including the type of food that is ingested. If an excess of red meat, shellfish or alcohol is frequently consumed, these high-level purine foods may cause crystals to form, which attack the joints. If you have multiple gout attacks, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer a proper diagnosis, and correct treatment options can be discussed.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Marla Wilson from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Wilson will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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