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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

When an individual grows older, it can become significantly difficult to take care of the feet, given the usual difficulty of bending down to reach them. However, it becomes even more important the older an individual gets to take good care of the feet. One interesting way in which senior citizens might be able to better care for their feet is with the help of a tool named a long-reach foot brush. This device has a long handle, and at the tip are a series of bristles that form the brush. This device can be used by seniors to reach their feet without the necessity of bending over. Often, long-reach foot brushes might be used during a shower for seniors to clean their feet during bathing. Some of these tools even have pumice stones attached to the back of the brush for ample foot care. If you are a senior citizen or are caring for one, consider incorporating these brushes into the daily foot care routine. If you have more questions, contact a podiatrist today. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening 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
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 24 January 2023 00:00

A broken toe can cause pain, discomfort, and temporarily change the way daily activities are accomplished. A broken toe is difficult to walk on, and rest is needed to accelerate recovery. Some patients may find it helpful to use crutches, which can keep the weight off of the toe. A broken toe can happen from stubbing it on a piece of furniture, enduring an injury, or dropping a heavy object on it. Fractured toes may occur more often than breaking other bones in the body. This is because the bones in the toes are small, and are located at the end of the body. Common symptoms of this type of injury can consist of immediate bruising, swelling, and the affected area may be red. If a toe is severely broken, a bone may protrude through the skin and can appear to be deformed. Many people have positive results in using the buddy taping method for treatment. This can be successful in less severe fractures and is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. If you have broken your toe, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can guide you toward the correct treatment method.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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, 17 January 2023 00:00

Hammertoe is a foot condition that causes the toes to jut upward at the joint. Typically, the toe will point upwards at the middle joint. Hammertoe is distinct but similar to a related foot condition that is known as claw toe. Hammertoe and claw toe are similar because they both affect the toes of the feet. Claw toe causes an individual’s toes to curl underneath their feet. However, they differ in that hammertoe causes part of the toe to point upwards, while claw toe causes the toes to point or curl downwards. There are two types of claw toe: flexible and rigid claw toe. Flexible claw toe is the earlier phase of the condition when the toes still remain flexible. However, rigid claw toe is typically the later phase of this condition where the toes are no longer flexible. If you are concerned about hammertoe or claw toe, contact a podiatrist today.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please 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, 11 January 2023 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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