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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

To prevent falls while riding a bicycle, start by ensuring your bike fits properly, as this provides better control and comfort. Avoid obstacles by staying alert and scanning the path ahead, allowing you to navigate around potential hazards. Maintaining composure is key, and try not to get startled by sudden noises or movements, as staying calm helps you keep control. It is essential to take breaks when tired, as fatigue can impair your balance and reaction time. Riding at a standard pace, without sudden accelerations or decelerations, helps maintain stability and control. By following these practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of falls and enjoy a safer cycling experience. Falling off a bike can cause painful foot injuries. If this has happened to you, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment and relief remedies, in addition to effective fall prevention tips.

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 one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 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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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot pain can be debilitating, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Thankfully, several remedies can alleviate discomfort. Massaging the feet can help relax muscles and improve circulation, providing temporary relief. Custom orthotic inserts or wearing supportive footwear can provide long-term relief by correcting biomechanical issues and providing proper arch support. Stretching exercises can also improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension in the feet. However, if you have foot pain that persists or worsens despite these remedies, it is suggested that you seek professional help from a podiatrist who can diagnose the underlying cause of the pain and provide personalized treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists  from Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 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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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a prevalent vascular condition characterized by narrowed arteries that limits blood flow to the extremities (including the feet). The restricted blood flow deprives the feet of oxygen and vital nutrients, leading to a range of symptoms. Individuals with PAD may experience intermittent claudication, a condition marked by pain or cramping in the legs or feet during physical activity but subsides with rest. Other symptoms can include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the feet, particularly while at rest or during nighttime. As PAD progresses, individuals may develop non-healing wounds or ulcers on the feet, which pose a risk of infection and tissue damage. Recognizing the symptoms of PAD and seeking timely medical intervention is essential in managing the condition and preserving foot health. Regular exercise, smoking cessation, and medication management are among the strategies employed to lessen PAD's effects and improve overall vascular health. If you have tingling or numbness in your feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and help you to manage PAD.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists  from Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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