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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

As the aging population continues to grow, the need for specialized podiatric services in geriatrics is becoming increasingly critical. Older adults often face numerous foot and ankle issues due to years of wear and tear, decreased mobility, and chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory problems. These issues can significantly impact their quality of life, leading to pain, decreased mobility, and a higher risk of falls and related injuries. Podiatric care is essential for the elderly to maintain their independence and mobility. Regular foot examinations can help prevent and manage conditions, such as bunions, corns, calluses, fungal infections, and foot ulcers. Proper foot care also aids in the early detection and treatment of serious complications such as peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, which are common in older adults with diabetes. Preventative measures, routine care, and wearing appropriate footwear are vital components of geriatric podiatry services. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot health management, and to address any specific concerns you may have about your feet or ankles. 

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Experiencing toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be a persistent and bothersome condition. Toenail fungus causes nails to become yellow, opaque, and brittle, often leading to crumbling or breaking. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, making individuals with sweaty feet or those who wear heavy shoes more susceptible. Not only is it unpleasant, but toenail fungus is also highly contagious. It can spread easily in communal areas, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and shared showers. Treatment usually involves oral antifungal medications that need to be taken for several weeks. Even as the medication starts working, it might take some time before new, healthy nail growth appears, and the discoloration and brittleness may persist until then. Preventive measures are essential to managing and avoiding the spread of the infection. Keeping feet dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks, trimming nails properly, and ensuring feet are fully dry before putting on socks and shoes can help. If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 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.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Foot pronation is a natural movement where the foot rolls inward during walking or running to absorb shock and adapt to surfaces. However, when this inward roll becomes excessive, it leads to a condition known as overpronation. It can result from flat feet or wearing improper footwear, causing the arch to collapse inward excessively. This misalignment may then lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and knee pain, as it puts strain on muscles and tendons in the foot and lower leg. Conversely, underpronation, or supination, occurs when the foot does not roll inward enough, often seen in individuals with high arches. Underpronation can contribute to problems such as ankle sprains due to inadequate shock absorption. A podiatrist can identify both overpronation and underpronation by examining wear patterns on shoes and assessing gait mechanics. Treatment options include custom orthotics, specific exercises, or footwear adjustments to restore proper foot function and prevent future complications. If you have either of these conditions, It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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