Posts for: February, 2014
A recent study released by Oxford University Press states that ninety percent of elderly diabetes patients are simply unable to self-treat for foot complications.
OnlyMyHealth author Arka Roy Chowdhury shares some tips to maintain good health for struggling diabetics; blood sugar levels must be maintained, appropriate footwear that covers the foot must be worn, toenails must maintained, and hygiene a top priority. All of these are things with which a caregiver or family member can provide reminders.
Taking good care of the feet is essential for the elderly. If you or someone you know needs expert foot care, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov will assess your injury or foot and ankle concerns.
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.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
Bacteria- feet which are exposed to floors that have moist environments like pools and spas are prone to bacteria. These areas can contribute to foot funguses and other diseases.
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Country music star LeAnn Rimes’ stay in Hawaii apparently took a bad turn, as the singer was seen walking around with a bandaged right foot and ankle. They type of injury she has hasn’t been identified yet.
Rimes was in the ocean without bandages the previous day, so it’s possible that she had an accident while swimming. Her trip to Hawaii doubled as a vacation and as an opportunity to film scenes for her upcoming reality TV show. Rimes didn’t seem very troubled by the injury and was seen walking without any difficulty.
There are steps you can take every day to maintain good foot and ankle health. To find out if your methods of every day foot care are adequate, consider calling podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assess your current level of care and make suggestions about how you can improve your routine.
Every Day Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.
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Brandon Ashley, a sophomore forward and Arizona’s third leading scorer, sustained a foot injury landing awkwardly on a jump during the first half of a game in California. The following night, the Arizona team became alarmed when they were informed that their forward would be out for the remainder of the season.
Arizona coach Sean Miller subsequent statement was filled with confidence that the team—and Brandon—would come back from this stronger than before.
Of course we know that a sports related foot or ankle injury is a risk and every athlete engages in when they play.If you suffered a foot or ankle injury while partaking in sports like Brandon, seek out podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot or ankle injury.
Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains
Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
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Research conducted by a University of Queensland PhD student proved that the plantar fascia is not exactly alone when it comes to giving arch support to the feet. Actually, a number of muscles are activated to assist the foot’s arch, as two experiments conducted in the study came to show.
The first experiment entailed weighing down subjects’ knees with weights and observing how the muscles in their feet reacted. The second experiment involved electrically stimulating these tissues. The researchers learned that the arch rose with the weight, which suggested the muscles activated in order to provide support. The scientists involved hope this research will have impact the practice of foot rehabilitation, with an emphasis on muscle strengthening.
It is wise to keep the feet active and healthy. For advice on how to exercise the feet, feel free to get in contact with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can measure your feet while providing advice on keeping the feet healthy.
Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.
Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.
Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.
Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.
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