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Many older adults experience some degree of swelling in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. This can cause a senior to become less certain on their feet, thereby increasing the risk of falling, and this may lead to a more sedentary lifestyle. Swelling, or edema, in seniors is frequently the result of retention of fluid in the lower extremities. It can be caused by underlying conditions, such as congestive heart failure or other heart-related problems, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and vascular problems. A number of simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce edema. Among them are wearing compression socks or stockings, avoiding shoes that are too tight, and keeping the legs elevated as often as possible. Moving the feet, toes, and ankles is important, as sitting or standing in one place for too long can increase swelling. Performing simple ankle rotations or flexes can be beneficial. Eating foods rich in magnesium, such as legumes, fresh vegetables and leafy greens, and whole grains, may also help. If swelling in the feet becomes a chronic problem, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis. 

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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


 

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Toe Twitching

Learning more about the biomechanics of the feet can be incredibly helpful for the patient trying to look after the health of their feet. For example, it might be beneficial to familiarize oneself with the phenomenon known as toe twitching. Essentially, toe twitching is similar to tremors or spasms. They may occur for a variety of reasons. Toe twitches may happen to an individual when they experience interruptions in the circulatory system, joints, or muscles. Fortunately, many patients are pleased to learn that most symptoms associated with toe twitching are not long-lasting. Rather, they may be notably fleeting. However, medical attention may be sought when twitching lasts longer than usual or is accompanied by more serious symptoms. To learn more about how the feet work, it is suggested that you reach out to a podiatrist who can help teach you how to best care for the health of your feet. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Finding Your Shoes for Jazzercise

If you enjoy jazzercise, wearing comfortable and supportive shoes is important. It would be nice if they were attractive shoes, but that should take a back seat to be good for your feet and the activity you are participating in. Attention should be paid to arch support, so feet pronate or strike the floor and correctly distribute weight. If you are at a crossroads regarding the size of the jazzercise shoe, always go a half size up, as the foot will inch forward during high-impact exercise. Shoes should be flexible between the heel and the ball of the foot to accommodate the turns, twists, and jumps done in jazzercise. Also, look for lightweight, breathable shoes that provide support but do not restrict mobility for this activity. If you want assurance in selecting the proper shoes for jazzercise and your feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help guide you.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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

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Wednesday, 05 April 2023 00:00

Be Free of Toenail Fungus for Spring

Don't hide your feet when the weather gets warm. Get treated for fungal nails, and wear sandals and open-toed shoes with confidence. Step into spring with confidence!

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

Flat Foot Diagnosis

People who are lacking an arch in their feet are known to have flat feet. All babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops in the teenage years, but this may not happen in some adults, possibly due to genetic factors or if they have endured a foot injury. Additionally, there may be existing Achilles tendon conditions or muscle problems that may lead to having flat feet. This ailment is easily diagnosed by undergoing a physical examination in addition to having an X-ray performed. It is beneficial for patients with flat feet to wear supportive shoes and refrain from wearing shoes that lack arch support, such as flip-flops. Adults who have flat feet may need additional support, and this may include wearing custom-made orthotics. If you are experiencing aches and pains from having flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with relief techniques.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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