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By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out if plantar fasciitis could be to blame for your foot pain.heel pain

Heel pain can be a real nuisance. It can make going about your day tough and it can certainly put a damper on your exercise regimen. But don’t fear! Our Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem, are here to tell you why heel pain happens and what can be done to eliminate it.

Do you experience heel pain that radiates under the heel and sometimes affects the arches of your foot? Is your heel pain often worse in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time? If so, then you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and it’s usually the result of overuse. This means that this inflammatory condition often comes about gradually over time rather than suddenly. Plantar fasciitis affects the thick ligament known as the plantar fascia that runs from the toes along the soles of the feet to the heels. The plantar fascia also provides support for the arches, which is why you may also experience achy or painful arches if you have this condition.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s impossible to properly diagnose yourself without first visiting your Hampton and Williamsburg foot doctors for an evaluation. This is because plantar fasciitis isn’t the only reason heel pain occurs. In fact, heel pain can also be the result of:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spur
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Strains and sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many factors that can play into whether your feet are prone to developing this inflammatory foot condition at some point during your lifetime. Certain factors include:

  • Participating in certain high-impact exercises like running that can put a lot of pressure and force on the plantar fascia
  • Suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of a workout
  • Wearing shoes that don’t provide enough stability and support for the heels and arches
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Regularly standing for long periods of time throughout the day
  • Aging (it’s natural to lose some ligament elasticity as we get older)

Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists offer locations in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to serve you better. No matter whether you are dealing with heel pain or you have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
April 17, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Children's FeetLike adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems, such as flat foot, are congenital, while problems like heel pain are usually the result of an injury.  

Due to your child’s rapidly growing bones and tendons, many symptoms associated with foot and ankle problems can go unnoticed. For this reason, it is important parents pay attention to even subtle symptoms. Thorough, regular exams of your child's feet by a podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition and help minimize problems later in life.

Common Foot Problems

Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed. This includes pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees. In most cases, these congenital foot and leg problems do not require any medical intervention. 

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are common in children, especially during warm months when kids are more likely to walk barefoot.  Forming on the bottom of the feet, these warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin, most often in public areas such as pools or locker rooms.  The condition can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small pebble or stone — but is also highly preventable and treatable.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. Mild ankle sprains heal with treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care, including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of the nail begin to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. This can lead to painful irritation and infection. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poorly fitting footwear, toe injuries or poor nail trimming. Caught early, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated at home, but if the pain persists or the condition worsens, treatment by a podiatrist is necessary to eliminate the infection.

Choose Proper Footwear

Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support over time. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear and tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.  

If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently or consistently complaining of foot pain, then have them examined by your podiatrist or physician. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care  

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy!

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Here are some simple steps you can take to stay out of our office for painful foot conditions:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent ingrown toenails. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult your podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet, as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation. Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care. Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult a Podiatrist

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained specialist.





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