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Items filtered by date: August 2022

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

The Dangers of Wearing Flip Flops

People enjoy wearing flip flops, especially during the summer. They can be stylish, are easy to put on and take off, they expose feet to the air, and keep feet free from athlete’s foot. But flip flops also have negative health effects. Flip flops are loose and do not have proper support. They can cause your feet to hurt if you wear them too much or too long. If you trip or fall, your feet are more likely to get injured when wearing flip flops. Exposure of the skin when wearing flip flops leaves one prone to skin injuries and sunburn or frostbite. The lack of support can affect other body parts, such as the back, hips or leg muscles. Wear flip flops casually and in moderation. See a podiatrist if you find that you are developing pain in your feet from footwear, such as flip flops, or for any other reason. This type of doctor can help diagnose problems with feet and ankles and provide necessary treatment.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Basic Tips on Preventing Running Injuries

There are basic things you can do as a runner to prevent running injuries and maintain peak performance levels. Choosing the proper footwear should be your first step. When you shop for running shoes, take a few things into consideration, such as the type of surface you’ll be running on, your style of running, and your overall fitness goals. Have your feet measured every time you buy a new pair of running shoes to ensure a proper fit, and make sure you break in the shoes before training in them. Do regular strengthening exercises to build up muscles in your feet, which can help avoid injuries from occurring as well. Keep your feet dry while running to avoid blisters and athlete’s foot by wearing moisture-wicking socks. Your toenails should be trimmed so that they do not press against the tip of your shoes, but be mindful about trimming them too short (in order to avoid an ingrown toenail). After a run, consider massaging and icing your feet to reduce any swelling and help your muscles recover. A podiatrist can offer many more tips on footwear and preventing running injuries, as well as fit you for custom orthotics to address alignment/gait issues, and treat any foot or ankle pain you may have.


 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Changes to the Work Area May Help the Feet

Many people have professions that require standing for the majority of the day. This can produce a variety of foot conditions, including swollen feet and varicose veins, in addition to overall body aches. The feet carry the weight of the body, and it is beneficial to elevate them as often as possible during the work day. When people work on their feet, there are less body positions to choose from. These restrictions limit the freedom to move around. Stretching frequently is suggested, which may be beneficial in improving flexibility. Limited range of motion in the body can reduce the blood supply to the muscles, often resulting in fatigue and muscle pain. There may be positive changes that can be made in the work space. These can consist of adjusting the height of the work table and benches, which may help to improve posture. Relief may be found when there is ample room to move freely, and the position of the body is changed, thus improving blood supply to the muscles. If you have questions about how the feet are affected by standing all day, please confer with a podiatrist who can help you to manage your work area. 

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 Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A stress fracture in the foot is common among people who enjoy running and participating in sporting activities. It is considered to be a hairline fracture, and gradually happens from repetitive stress that is put on the bones in the feet. People may refer to it as a fatigue fracture, and it is a weakening of the bone. There may be additional risk factors at play in why some people develop stress fractures and others do not. These can include not consuming enough calories, having an earlier stress fracture, or possibly from having low body weight. Many people can endure a stress fracture from training too rapidly and frequently, as this does not allow adequate time for the bones to get used to the added stress. Additionally, if running is done on hard surfaces, it may contribute significantly to getting a stress fracture. Relief generally begins with stopping the activity that caused the fracture, and resting the affected foot which may help to relieve swelling. If you have endured a stress fracture, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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School is starting back up soon which means extra-curricular activities. While it can be tough on your feet to drive them back and forth from one sport to the other, your kids’ feet are also under threat of injury! An estimated 35 million kids in the US play sports, and for good reason! It’s good for children to stay active. It improves their physical and mental health, teaches the benefits of teamwork, and establishes healthy habits early. However, despite all the good, sports can also lead to painful injuries. Doctors say about 40% of youth injuries are due to sports, and over 30% of school-age children will suffer a serious sports-related injury. 

These statistics are why parents should learn these three things: 

  1. Ways to prevent sports-related injuries 
  2. How to manage injuries that occur 
  3. When to take your kid to a podiatrist for a foot or ankle injury 

Best ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries in kids 

Your children’s growth plates are not completed until their later teen years. Their immature bones are more prone to stress and traumatic injuries, which means that overdoing it is very much a possibility in young feet and ankles. Overtraining can lead to serious issues. 

  • Before any athletic activity, warm-ups are key. This includes supervised and thorough stretching exercises. Afterwards, a cool-down is also necessary. Also, stay hydrated! 
  • Proper gear, including footwear specifically designed for your child’s chosen sport (or sports!), is a necessity to prevent injuries. At the start of a new season, it’s always good practice to head to the athletics store and have your child fitted for a new pair of shoes that provide support and stability. 
  • You can also help by examining playing fields before practices or games. Point out any divots, holes created by critters, or loose earth that could cause a sprain or strain on an unsuspecting kid running down the field. 
  • Finally, a preseason physical examination by a podiatrist is a valuable tool to rule out any underlying foot or ankle problems that could turn into lasting injuries. 

What if my child does get an injury? 

You should let your child know that if they are hurt, they should stop playing immediately. It may feel humiliating in the moment, but trying to “walk it off,” can turn a minor injury into a big deal. 

If there is serious pain or the foot or ankle is misshapen, get your child medical attention as soon as possible. In the meantime, the affected area should be treated with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilize the injured area, apply ice, compress the foot or ankle with athletic bandages, and elevate it. 

If untreated, sports injuries could not only prevent your athlete from returning to the field, but could also turn into a chronic or lifelong issue. 

Keep your children’s feet safe and healthy by staying in touch with a podiatrist who is experienced in treating kids. At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, our foot doctors understand the importance of ensuring children’s feet grow and develop in a healthy way. No matter if your child is participating in a fall sport for the first time or is a seasoned athlete, they can benefit from having the support of an experienced podiatrist to prevent and manage injuries. Contact any of our offices in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH to request an appointment today!

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Runners With Corns

Corns will often develop in response to pressure or friction put on the affected area. This friction can occur from ill-fitting shoes that are either too tight or too loose. Individuals who run can sometimes experience a great degree of discomfort or difficulty when running with corns. That is, running could possibly further irritate the corn. Therefore, runners can take several steps to prevent the onset of corns. One important way that runners can help prevent the development of corns is by selecting a good-fitting pair of running shoes that do not rub against the skin of the feet. Specifically, you might look for a running shoe that leaves half an inch of room in the toe box from the top of your longest toe. The toe box of the running shoe should also be wide enough so that the toes have enough room to sit comfortably in the shoe. If you are a runner who wants to prevent the development of corns on the feet, please consider reaching out to a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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