Posts for tag: Podiatry

By Foot & Ankle Institute
August 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Ten tips on how to look after your feet, with special advice for those over 60

Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain. The good news is that looking after your feet can prevent most of these problems. Investing a bit of time and thought into caring for your feet now can prevent them causing you pain later.

Wash your feet often

Don’t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin’s surface, it can become irritated and infected. Wash your feet every evening with soap and water.

Dry your feet well

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes which is where germs such as Athlete's foot can easily breed. Then, apply a moisturising foot cream (not body lotion).

Remove hard skin

Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file regularly. 

Cut toenails carefully

Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.

Shoe shop in the afternoon

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.

Footwear tips for work

If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office and only wear your smart shoes once you're in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height, between low, medium and high. Read how to choose the right footwear for work.

Limit time wearing high heels

Be shoe savvy. Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing).

Change your socks often to avoid foot odor

Change your socks daily. Read advice from the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists on buying socks.

Watch out for foot bugs in communal changing areas

Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athelte's foot and verrucas when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms. 

Take care with flip-flops

But don't wear flip-flops all the time. They don't provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.

Foot pain advice for over-60s

If you're over 60, foot care becomes even more important. Age takes its toll: your skin thins, your joints begin to stiffen and your feet become more vulnerable to the cold.

Not only that, but as podiatrist Emma Supple says: "Physically, it gets more difficult for us to get to our feet, and failing eyesight doesn’t help."

Emma says: "Go to see a professional for a foot MOT every six monthsand never put up with foot pain as if it is normal. Your feet shouldn’t hurt." Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today if you've been experiencing foot pain. 

*courtesy http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx

My heel pain will not go away and I have tried it all …Now What?

Generally speaking there needs to be 6 months of non-operative measures that have failed before surgery is suggested. There are multiple surgical procedures to combat heel pain. There is open release of the plantar fascia that one will look for nerve entrapment. There are also minimally invasive procedures that try to stimulate healing. Our physicians perform a range of these procedures, including but not limited to use of TOPAZ which is radiocoblation therapy. There is also a newer procedure that will help regain your active lifestyle via the FAST technique.

What is the FAST Technique and Is It Right For Me?

The FAST technique is a fasciotomy and surgical tenotomy that can address your foot and ankle pain in an innovative and minimally invasive way. Eventually scar tissue in the tendon or fascia will limit your ability to move and perform the activities you may like or need to do. The damage may be due to trauma or repetitive motion- damage to the tendon from overuse in work, exercise or activity. It can cause the tendon tissue to break down and form scarring and pain. The FAST technique is advanced technology that was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. FAST is a minimal invasive treatment designed to remove tendon scar tissue, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle. It is performed with the guidance of ultrasound to identify the scar tissue and with the aid of a small instrument that delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to break up and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding health tendon tissue. With such a wide array of options in techniques, it is best to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians and discuss the best option for you.



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