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July 2020

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 27 July 2020 00:00

Reasons to Visit a Podiatrist

Podiatrists can assess the foot’s health and provide a variety of treatment options for foot-related issues. One of the keys to proper foot health is making sure to visit a podiatrist early and take preventative steps. If you are feeling pain in your feet or ankles, the pain may be caused by a broken or fractured bone, a sprain, or tendonitis. Patients with diabetes should have yearly foot examinations since they may not be able to feel certain foot conditions due to reduced blood flow. Patients suffering from heel pain should also visit a podiatrist in case they have a heel spur or plantar fasciitis. Podiatrists are also able to treat corns, calluses, and bunions. All of these conditions can be painful to deal with on a daily basis. If you are experiencing any problems with your feet or ankles, please be sure to consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment options.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of arthritis in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own joints. This causes inflammation in and around the joints, making the tissue lining in the joints thicken. While any joints in the body can be affected by RA, some of the most commonly affected ones are those located in the feet. Signs of RA in the feet include joint stiffness, soreness, pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, and a decreased range of motion. The severity of the symptoms may vary from day to day. RA is a chronic condition that requires medical management. If you have RA in your feet, a podiatrist can assist you in managing your pain levels, increasing your mobility, and improving your overall quality of life.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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Research has indicated that it is natural for children who are learning to walk to have their feet apart and turned out. Additional foot conditions can include bowed legs, and walking with the toes turned in. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will generally develop by age six. It is beneficial for the child to walk barefoot while indoors because this can help the overall foot to become strong as the toes grasp the floor. When the first shoes are purchased, it is wise to choose shoes that have laces or buckles, which can help the shoe to remain on the foot. If you would like additional information about possible childhood foot conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you 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 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • 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 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, 06 July 2020 00:00

Numbing Sensation in the Feet and Toes

Experiencing a numbing sensation in the feet and toes can be an indicator of Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD. This condition typically develops due to a build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries. The numbing sensation that is often associated with this condition can be incredibly dangerous, as it can prevent patients from feeling or recognizing injuries to the feet. Scrapes and wounds that are left undetected may lead to an infection. Along with experiencing a numbness in the lower extremity regions, patients with PAD have also noted experiencing symptoms such as coldness and discoloration of the legs and feet. In order to safely treat PAD, please seek the professional care of a podiatrist.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heel
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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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Wednesday, 01 July 2020 00:00

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