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It is necessary to protect the entire foot while working. Here are two classifications that most work-related foot injuries fall into. Lacerations, sprains, and punctures can fall into one category and account for approximately 10 percent of injuries that affect the feet. The second group can include slipping, falling, and tripping, which can happen as a result of a lack of foot safety. Many of these types of injuries can be avoided when the correct shoes are worn for the job being done. Wearing proper footwear can consist of having adequate room for the toes to move freely in, and having a low, wide heel may also help to reduce tripping hazards. Maintaining proper foot care such as trimming the toenails, and washing the feet daily can significantly contribute to foot safety at work. If you would like more information about how to protect your feet while at work, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. 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 Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Dealing With Flat Feet

Flat feet, also termed pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses and the bottom of the foot lies flat on the ground. Three common types of flat feet are flexible, rigid, and adult-onset. Flexible flat feet are the most common, where the arch is visible while sitting, but disappears when weight is taken off of the foot. It affects both feet and gradually worsens with age. With rigid flat feet, the foot arch is missing in all conditions. The feet may become painful and it may be difficult to flex the foot or even move it from side to side. This may affect one or both feet. Adult-acquired, or fallen arches, occurs when the arch suddenly collapses. This problem commonly affects only one foot, and is frequently the result of an injury to the tendon that supports the arch. Certain conditions can bring on the occurrence of flat feet, including Achilles tendon injuries, broken bones, obesity, and pregnancy. To manage flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment options.     

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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Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Foot Pain After Age 60

As an individual gets older, they may notice foot pain has increased. Sixty-plus years of walking can take a toll on the feet. To deal with foot pain, it is important to pay attention to the signals your feet may be giving you. The feet naturally flatten and widen with aging. The natural cushion of the ball of the foot also erodes over time. Muscle cramps can become more common. Some things to consider are whether your shoes are the right size and how supportive and comfortable they are. Some older people are less attuned to how their shoes fit and feel. It is important for seniors to have their feet measured periodically, especially when they purchase new shoes. Shoes that fit well will provide more comfort, help prevent falls, and allow continued mobility and independence as the individual becomes older. Wearing shoes with heels may create hammertoes, arch pain, or bunions. Things that may help your aging feet include wearing orthotic inserts and practicing good foot care. If you are over 60 and are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 06 June 2023 00:00

Foot Problems Linked to Diabetes

Diabetes, which is a blood sugar and insulin imbalance, is a serious and possibly life-threatening disease. One of the side effects that may come from having diabetes is foot problems. These may be the result of numbness, called sensory diabetic neuropathy, and the inability of wounds to properly heal, termed peripheral vascular disease. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that limits the patient’s ability to feel the presence of a cut or wound on the foot. If a sore goes untreated, it can develop into an ulcer. Peripheral neuropathy is the constricting of the blood vessels to the feet and toes, caused by high levels of blood sugar. This poor blood flow severely affects the healing process, increasing the danger of an ulcer becoming gangrenous. Common sources of foot problems in diabetics include athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, corns, blisters, and dry skin. In addition to checking the feet daily for sores and wounds, it is suggested that a diabetic make regular appointments with a podiatrist for examination and treatment of their feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

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