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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

How Diabetic Neuropathy Can Affect the Feet

Neuropathy is a common problem for many diabetics. Its major cause is damage to the peripheral nerves that send signals to the feet. Because these signals can become weak or not received, the feet can become numb and problems may ensue. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include paresthesia, which is a tingling or buzzing sensation in the feet. It can become worse at night while sleeping. Pins and needles in the feet and toes, called dysesthesia, cause intense pain and a burning sensation. The severity depends on the amount of nerve damage that has occurred. Another common symptom is a loss of the perception of temperatures. This causes the feet to be less sensitive to heat and more sensitive to cold. Meanwhile, hyperesthesia is an exaggerated sensitivity to the skin. Socks and tights can feel too tight, causing the skin to feel irritated even though nothing is physically wrong. One way to relieve some of these symptoms is by choosing footwear that is comfortable and fits properly. For information on how to best deal with diabetic neuropathy, please consult a podiatrist.  


 

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 one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2022 00:00

Risks of Falling Among Seniors

As one ages, the repercussions of falling increase. Studies show that people over 65 years old fall at least once a year. Further, one out of five falls results in serious injury. It is commonly held that safety proofing in the home is essential in preventing falls. Other experts agree that keeping a positive attitude and not being afraid of falling is just as important. One of the main recommendations is to have a plan in place in case you do fall. Some people use medical alert devices or carry a phone with them at all times. Practice getting up from the floor in order to be more prepared if you should take a tumble. Changing the way you handle problems is another way to prevent falls. For instance, ask for help rather than get on a ladder to reach a top shelf. Removing hazards, such as loose wiring and scatter rugs from your home is also recommended. Have walking aids available for times when you feel less sure on your feet. Balance and strength exercises are a good way to keep your legs and feet under you. See a podiatrist for more information on ways to prevent falling.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Swollen feet can be uncomfortable. The medical term is known as oedema, and it can happen for a variety of reasons. Pregnancy is a reason the feet can swell, and may become worse as the pregnancy progresses. This is a result of the excess fluid the body needs to support the growing fetus, and will gradually dissipate when the baby is born. Swollen feet may develop in patients who eat salty foods, and may be balanced in people who drink plenty of fresh water daily. Additionally, this condition may be caused by taking specific medications that can include blood pressure pills or antidepressants. Oedema can occur as an allergic reaction from an insect bite, or it may happen from an ankle sprain or fracture. These may be existing medical conditions that can lead to having swollen feet, consisting of a kidney disorder, or a heart condition. There are some patients who have found mild relief when they frequently elevate their feet, in addition to practicing gentle exercises and stretches. If you have swollen feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief methods.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

All About Flexible Flat Feet

Flexible flat feet often begin to develop in childhood and adolescence and continue through adulthood. As the condition progresses, the tendons and ligaments of the foot may stretch, tear, or become inflamed. You probably have flexible flat feet when your foot is flat to the ground while standing, but the arch reappears when the weight is taken off it. Symptoms of flexible flat feet include pain in the heel, arch, ankle, and side of the foot. Another sign is overpronation, where the ankle rolls inward. These symptoms can cause further pain and fatigue in the legs, knees, hips, and back. Losing weight is one way to reduce the effects of having flexible flat feet. Wearing shoes with adequate arch support can also be helpful. One of the main ways to treat flexible flat feet is by wearing orthotic devices in your shoes. A podiatrist can prescribe and produce custom orthotics after a complete examination of your specific condition. In severe cases, an advanced bracing device may be recommended. In a few cases, surgery may be considered, based on age, level of activity, and diagnostic tests. If you have questions about flexible flat feet, it is wise to consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Children, Walking and Running Shoes

Research has indicated that it is beneficial for children who participate in high-impact activities to wear sneakers that are supportive and refrain from wearing walking shoes. Running shoes can accommodate three times the body weight of the child, while walking shoes are capable of handling one and a half times their body weight. There is more cushioning and support surrounding the heel in running shoes, and there is generally less protection surrounding the ball of the foot. They are made of mesh materials, which may be helpful in keeping the feet cool while running or exercising. In comparison, walking shoes are designed to be more flexible, in addition to having better arch support. The weight of the body is distributed more evenly while walking, and it is beneficial to wear the appropriate shoes. If you would like additional information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please consult a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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

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