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Sunday, 05 February 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Long-Reach Foot Brush

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 Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Southaven, MS . 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

Facts About Ankle Replacement

Ankle replacement surgery is a last resort to eliminating severe pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by arthritis. This procedure is usually considered only after less-invasive measures, such as arthroscopic debridement and ankle fusion, have been dismissed. There are many risks involved with ankle replacement surgery, including infection, nerve damage, and blood clots. Additionally, there is a chance of misalignment of the bones involved, as well as risks related to age and other underlying medical conditions. The procedure replaces parts of the affected bones with plastic or metal pieces. It is usually recommended only for someone who can barely move their ankle. Recovery from this surgery may include wearing a cast or protective boot and taking prescription pain medication. The ability to bear weight on the ankle will improve very slowly, and recovery may take four months or longer. The new ankle joint is expected to last for about 10 years. For more information on ankle replacement surgery or to see if you qualify, please consult a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Reasons for Foot Cramps

Any kind of foot cramp usually grabs our attention, mainly because it interferes with carrying out the activities of the day. If foot cramps start to become an ongoing occurrence, it may be a good idea to question why they are happening. One common cause of foot cramps is wearing shoes that are too tight. The reason is likely to be that blood circulation to the feet is being blocked. Cramps in the feet may also be the result of dehydration, which keeps the muscles from getting the water they need to function properly. This may be caused by an underlying condition or an infection. Overdoing exercise may result in foot cramps as the feet work extra hard to maintain your balance. Athletes, dancers, and workers who stand for long periods may experience this reaction. Among the other possible causes of foot cramps are pregnancy, low levels of electrolytes and other minerals, and nerve damage. If foot cramps become more frequent or severe, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer ways to prevent or lessen them.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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It can be common for older people to fall. Many patients who fall may escape from having a serious injury happen but can develop a fear of falling from the stress it can cause. One of the most effective fall prevention techniques is to wear shoes that fit correctly. This is instrumental in maintaining balance and possibly avoiding unwanted foot conditions. Additional methods can include getting routine physical and eye examinations which are helpful in monitoring existing medications and eyeglasses and frequently participating in a gentle exercise program. Some people also find it beneficial to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, in addition to removing worn rugs and clutter from the living area. Eating small meals during the day may help to maintain proper energy and strength, and this may help to prevent falling. The feet may become injured when a fall occurs, which may cause difficulty in completing daily activities. If you would like to learn about the importance of implementing fall prevention techniques into your lifestyle, please confer with a podiatrist.

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 Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 Southaven, MS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 06 January 2023 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Toenail Fungus and Nail Polish

The extent to which an individual wears nail polish on their toenails may have some effect on how susceptible they are to developing toenail fungus. For example, a person shouldn't wear nail polish on their toenails at all times because despite the pop of color nail polish can provide, there are also many different detrimental effects this may produce on the feet. When an individual constantly wears nail polish on their toenails, the pigment from the nail polish can be essentially soaked up, causing the nails to become exceedingly dry. As a result of this, a fungus may become more likely. Rather than wearing toenail polish at all times every day, it is recommended that you take time off in between wearing polish on the toenails. This will give the toenails a chance to fully recuperate and breathe again. If you are interested in learning about more ways in which a toenail fungus can be prevented and how one can healthily wear toenail polish, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

For more information about treatment, contact Brian Shwer, DPM of Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Southaven, MS . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Understanding Charcot Foot

Charcot foot is a condition that affects the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the feet and ankles. It is caused mainly by nerve damage to the feet, usually as the result of peripheral neuropathy. Charcot foot is common to many diabetics because sustained high blood sugar levels cause both nerve and blood vessel damage in the feet. Because the feeling in the feet is lost, injuries to the bones in the feet are common. As the bones weaken, the joints can collapse, resulting in changes to the shape of the feet. The arch of the foot may collapse, causing the bottom of the foot to become rounded, which is known as rocker bottom foot. In addition, the toes may begin to curl under the feet and the ankle joints may become unstable. Charcot foot can be difficult to diagnose, as it can be masked by inflammation, swelling, and redness. But these symptoms may not be felt because of numbness. It is important to get treatment for Charcot foot early. If you believe you may have this condition, please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Brian Shwer, DPM of Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Southaven, MS . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Sever’s Disease and Baseball

Sever’s disease is an affliction of the foot that primarily targets adolescent children. Essentially, the condition occurs when the growth plate, located around the heel, becomes inflamed. This can usually occur in children between the ages of 9 and 12, and will sometimes make physical activity more painful and uncomfortable. Sever’s disease has an interesting relationship with youth baseball. For children that engage in baseball, they might be setting themselves up for Sever’s disease if they are overtraining for baseball, as many children are prone to do. Additionally, if the child is engaging in baseball with decreased strength and flexibility, this might also be a contributing factor. If your child plays youth baseball, contact a podiatrist today for more information about Sever’s disease and what you can be doing to help prevent it.  

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Running and Flat Feet

People who have flat feet are often aware of how it can affect their running routine. The absence of an arch often does not absorb the shock of each step, and it may ultimately increase the risk of incurring an injury. One of the hazards of running with flat feet is overpronation, which is defined as the foot and arch rolling inward while landing. Patients who like to run often have their gait, or walking style analyzed, in addition to possibly wearing custom-made orthotics. It helps to know if you have flexible or rigid flat feet, and this can determine how the foot strikes the ground. Choosing stability or motion control running shoes may help to control overpronation by providing adequate support to the middle of the foot. If you have flat feet and enjoy running, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can give you successful tips on how to possibly reduce the risk of injury while running.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Brian Shwer, DPM from Southaven Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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