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Anytime a senior suffers from a fall or a tumble of some sort, the senior might be susceptible to enduring a serious injury. Oftentimes, falls can result from the wearing of improper footwear. Therefore, if a senior wants to take steps to prevent falls from occurring in the future, they might consider selecting better shoes. For example, if a pair of shoes have a heel that is low and broad, this is typically better than shoes with high, narrow heels. The reason is that low, wide heels can offer a senior more stability, ultimately reducing the risk of falling. Additionally, seniors might consider wearing shoes that have tools to keep the shoe on the foot, such as buckles, laces, or velcro. When a shoe does not have any of these features, there can be a poor fixation, making a fall more likely. If you are a senior, don’t take chances with your health or the health of your feet. See a podiatrist today for more information.


 

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 East Ocean Podiatry . 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 office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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People who stand on their feet for work all day often suffer from aches and pains at the end of the day, and long-term health consequences can result. Nursing, food service, construction, and retail are examples of professions where this is often required. Some health conditions that can come on from prolonged standing are excess pressure on the joints, arthritis, swelling of the feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and corns. It can also lead to cardiovascular disease as excess standing alters the flow of blood to the lower extremities and puts a strain on the circulatory system. If you work in an occupation where you stand for long periods of time, make sure you wear well fitting, supportive shoes. Consider compression socks as well. Take regular breaks and pay attention to posture. Also, it is suggested that you also see a podiatrist who can provide valuable pointers on how to be more comfortable on the job if you stand all 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 East Ocean Podiatry . 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 office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 13 November 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

How Do the Toe Joints Work?

Many bones throughout the body are situated near joints, which allow the bones to move and the body to function. The toes are no different. Each toe in the feet has different joints that make movement possible and serve important functions. Every toe but the big toe has three joints, which are known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, the proximal interphalangeal joint, and the distal phalangeal joint. The big toe has only two joints. These joints in the toes are protected by several different things. Each joint is covered by cartilage and a membrane that produces a kind of fluid for lubrication. These joints are critical parts of the feet because they importantly enable the feet to bear a significant amount of weight and propel the body forward. If you are interested in learning more about the joints of the toes, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . 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

Finding the Right Shoe for Trail Running

Runners who run on tracks or other smooth surfaces may have the perfect shoes for that environment. However, if a runner switches to trail running, the old footwear may not fill the requirements. Running experts suggest that trail runners wear shoes that include extra protection against sharp objects and provide soles with extra grip. Lug patterns on the bottom of the sole may differ for runs on muddy or rugged terrain. A wide forefoot in the shoe is important for running long distances or for runners who have wide feet. The weight of the shoe is another factor that must be considered, depending on how far you plan to run. Having a padded collar and tongue can also cushion the feet and provide support. For more information on protecting your feet during a trail run, it might be a good idea to consult with a podiatrist. 

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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