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Falling is dangerous in many ways. It can invoke a fear of falling, causing the inability to complete daily activities. Additionally, many foot injuries can happen as a result of falling, and this can happen in the home or workplace. The majority of falls can be prevented by implementing simple methods that can make the home and working environment safer. Many people at work have to use ladders for various reasons, and it is important the ladder is on stable ground. Additionally, a locking device can secure the ladder, and wearing slip-resistant shoes while climbing the ladder may help to prevent falling. Removing worn rugs from the living environment and clearing clutter from walkways can help to keep the home safe from falling. Many people install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, which can provide security while in these rooms. If you would like information about how falling can affect the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with prevention techniques.

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 Family Foot Health Center. 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 our office located in Rogers, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Children and Foot Facts

Many parents find it enjoyable to explain to their children various facts about their feet. It can begin with telling them that each foot has 26 bones, and it can take up to 13 years for children’s feet to become adult feet. Additionally, everyone has toeprints, just like fingerprints, and they are different for everybody. Another interesting fact is that there are over 200 bones in the body and a quarter of them are found in the feet. Older children may find it fascinating that their nerves travel from the feet to the brain at double the speed of a high-speed train. Some parents find their children can understand easier when they are compared to an animal. An example of this can be explaining that even monkeys have toenails that protect the ends of their toes. A podiatrist can provide you with more facts about the feet, so it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor if you would like more information. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

What Type of Shoes to Purchase for Work

The majority of professions require that specific types of shoes are to be worn during the workday. These can include medical personnel, restaurant employees, and people who work on construction sites. The correct work shoes need to be comfortable and allow the toes to move freely. It is beneficial for people who wear high heels to ensure there is adequate shock absorption, in addition to being aware of the height of the heel. Many people who work in hospitals and medical offices opt to wear clogs, as they can protect the feet while standing for long periods. Employees who work on construction sites may benefit from wearing boots that can have a steel toe and non-slip soles. If you have questions about choosing what type of shoes to wear for work, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward purchasing the appropriate type of shoes for your work needs.

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 Family Foot Health Center. 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 office located in Rogers, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Can Arthritis in the Feet Be Helped?

The painful condition that is known as arthritis affects the joints in the body, and the feet are no exception. The most common type of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, and can occur from wear and tear in the joints. The feet are often taken for granted until they become painful. Arthritis is a condition that can cause foot pain, and happens when the joints become inflamed. The area where two bones connect is referred to as a joint, and arthritis can happen to one or more of the 33 joints that are found in each foot. Some of the early symptoms people can experience can consist of stiffness, redness, and the affected area can be swollen and warm when touched. Gout is another form of arthritis that has sudden symptoms, and is generally felt overnight. This type of gout is caused by having excess uric acid in the blood, and effective prevention methods can include drinking plenty of water, and eating foods that are healthy. Treatment methods for different types of arthritis may include taking herbal supplements, or prescription medicine. If you have arthritis in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can expertly diagnose and promote quality arthritic foot care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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