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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Children and Flat Feet

Research has indicated it typically takes a child's foot approximately eighteen years to fully develop. Many children are active and enjoy running, jumping, and dancing, and this may help the bones and muscles to gradually become stronger. It is beneficial for children to wear shoes and socks that fit properly, which may include making sure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Walking barefoot indoors may help the arches and toes to become stronger, and this may positively affect the overall health of the foot. The growth rate of a baby’s foot is fastest during the first three years, and proper measuring should occur every six to eight weeks. Many children are born with flat feet, and the arches will eventually develop. If you notice the arch is not forming as it should, or if your child complains of foot pain, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly assist you in determining the cause of any foot discomfort your child may have.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of intoeing or outtoeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water, and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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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The feet bear the weight of the body, and aches and pains in the feet may be reduced when an optimum weight is maintained. If weight gradually increases, there may be foot conditions that can develop,which may include inflammation of the tendons, plantar fasciitis, or certain types of arthritis. Additionally, the style of walking may be compromised as the body compensates for the extra weight, and this may lead to problems that may affect the arch. People who are overweight may benefit by checking their blood sugar daily, and this may help them to become aware of possible diabetic conditions which can affect the feet.  If you are having foot pain and have difficulty in managing your weight, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Marla Wilson from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Wilson can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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, 04 February 2019 00:00

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

If you notice the color of your toenail becoming white or yellow, you may have what is referred to as toenail fungus. It is the result of an infection that is caused by a fungus, and the first noticeable symptoms may be discoloration of the toenail. The nail may appear darker as the infection spreads, in addition to the texture becoming compromised. This may become apparent if the nail should begin to crumble which may cause the toenail to separate from the nail bed. This type of fungus lives and thrives in moist and warm environments, which may include shoes that are not made with breathable materials. Additionally, showers and surrounding areas, locker rooms, or public pools may be a breeding ground for this type of fungus to live, and it is advised to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas. It may be beneficial to wash and dry the feet frequently, change socks and shoes daily, and properly trim the toenails. If  you are afflicted with toenail fungus, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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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