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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Ensuring accurate shoe fitting in older adults is essential for comfort and mobility. The Brannock device, a traditional tool used for decades, measures foot length and width manually. While it is reliable for basic measurements, it does not capture the full complexity of foot shape. In contrast, three-dimensional, or 3D, foot scanning technology offers a more comprehensive analysis. This advanced method creates a detailed digital model of the foot, accounting for variations in arch height, toe shape, and other nuances. Older adults, who often experience changes in foot structure due to aging, can benefit significantly from the precision of 3-D scanning. This technology provides tailored recommendations, enhancing both comfort and support. Although the Brannock device remains a valuable tool, the detailed insights from 3-D foot scanning represent a significant advancement in ensuring the best fit for older individuals. If you are wearing shoes that do not fit properly and have developed a foot condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you with relief options and guide you on the best way to determine your shoe size.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are skin growths, typically found on the soles of the feet, that are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. They most often develop on pressure points, such as the heels or balls of your feet. They may cause discomfort or pain when standing or walking. Plantar warts are characterized by a rough, grainy appearance and may have small black dots at the center, which are actually clotted blood vessels. While some warts can eventually clear up on their own, stubborn plantar warts need medical intervention. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can treat resistant warts using stronger medications like salicylic acid, cryotherapy, laser treatment, or even minor surgery to remove the wart. These methods not only help eliminate the warts, but also help prevent the spread of the virus to other parts of the foot or to other people. If you have plantar warts, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist for an exam and personalized treatment options. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Friday, 31 May 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, 28 May 2024 00:00

As people age, maintaining foot health becomes vital, but yet often overlooked. Older adults commonly face several foot problems that can significantly impair their mobility and quality of life. These issues can include arthritis, which leads to joint pain and deformity, diabetes-related complications like neuropathy, which increases the risk of foot ulcers, and circulatory problems that slow healing and increase infection risks. Other common concerns are plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, and fungal infections, which become more prevalent with age due to changes in skin elasticity and foot structure. Preserving foot health is essential for seniors as it supports mobility, balance, and overall independence. Prevention plays a key role and involves proper foot hygiene, well-fitting, supportive footwear, and regular foot checks to identify problems early. Given the complexities of foot care in older age, if you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist who can provide tailored advice and treatment, helping to maintain foot health and enhance quality of life.

If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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