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When babies' feet have ample room to move about in, the muscles in the feet become stronger by kicking and wiggling the toes. Research has shown that it’s not necessary for babies to wear shoes unless the weather is cold when they are taken outside. Babies feet grow rapidly, and it is beneficial to monitor the size of the shoes and socks that are worn for optimum comfort. Washing and drying the feet is a good hygiene practice to implement daily with extra attention taken to thoroughly dry between the toes which  may prevent excess moisture from developing. Most children begin to walk about 12 months of age and it may be beneficial to notice if the child’s feet or toes turn out. Wearing shoes that fit properly will aid in comfortable walking, and choosing shoes that are made of lightweight materials will allow the feet to breath. If you would like additional information about how to choose proper shoes for your child, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

The Definition of a Bunion

A bony protrusion that forms on the side of the foot is referred to as a bunion. It is a misalignment of the bone underneath the big toe, and can be worsened by wearing shoes that are too tight. This ailment can cause severe pain and unwanted corns and calluses may form as a result of the protrusion. There are several ways to obtain temporary relief, including wearing a cushioned pad over the affected area and choosing to wear shoes with adequate room to accommodate the bunion. Additionally, it will benefit the general health of the foot to lose weight if obesity is a factor. For severe bunions, surgery may be the only option for permanent removal and may take several months for a complete recovery. It’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist for additional information about bunions.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

What Causes Gout?

Common symptoms of gout may include severe pain, tenderness, and redness in the big toe and surrounding areas. It is considered to be a type of arthritis, and typically affects middle-aged men. It originates from a buildup of uric acid in the body, and may derive from certain foods including liver and seafood. The onset of gout occurs when the body has difficulty processing uric acid, and research has shown that it lodges in specific joints. The most common area for this to occur is in the big toe, and it often produces extreme pain and discomfort. There may be several reasons for gout to develop,  including ingesting excess alcohol, being overweight, or from having a strong family history. It may be necessary for a proper diagnosis to be performed, which may include extracting a sample of the fluid that builds up between the joints. Acquiring knowledge about the prevention of gout may be beneficial in avoiding attacks in the future, and this may include choosing foods with lower uric acid levels.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body. If standing for most of the day is required for your type of employment, it’s vital to learn how to care for your feet. Research has shown that it’s wise to alternate between sitting and standing, as this may allow the feet to maintain proper circulation. It’s important to choose shoes made of a sturdy material, which may allow adequate support for the ankles and feet. Our posture is often determined by the condition and strength of our feet, and implementing proper stretches can be of great benefit. There are several exercises that can improve the strength of the feet, including rolling a tennis ball under the foot, which may stretch the sole of the foot, and rotating the ankles, which improves overall strength. Additionally, using a towel to gently pull the foot toward you is beneficial in stretching the entire foot. Please speak to a podiatrist for additional information about how proper foot exercise can benefit your work day.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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