Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

If you spend the greater portion of your workday standing, your feet may become severely affected. Many jobs that require excessive standing – such as teaching, hairdressing, and waiting tables – can cause foot pain that also affects the knees and lower back. Wearing the wrong shoes may make matters worse. High heels are one of the main contributors to pain and other ailments caused by extreme pressure on your foot bones. Working on a concrete floor, in warehouses or factories, also takes a toll on the feet. Every step you take is like taking a hammer to your heel. If the floors where you work are slippery, it is good to wear non-skid shoes. Experts recommend several other preventative measures for workers who stand frequently or for long periods. Bring a spare pair of shoes to work and change when your feet begin to hurt. Invest in custom orthotics made by a podiatrist to help cushion your feet within your shoes. Wear shoes that breathe, which can help avoid a buildup of moisture. Limit the height of your heels and wear shoes with a wider toe box. A podiatrist can give you more information on ways to protect your feet if work is causing excessive foot problems. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Eugene Little, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor 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 Sidney, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

A condition known as eccrine bromhidrosis causes the feet to become extremely odorous. This condition occurs when sweat from the many eccrine glands on your feet softens the keratin on your skin. This results in the breakdown of the skin and creates a moist environment that fosters the growth of bacteria. As the bacteria flourish, they release chemicals that cause a stench. Obesity, diabetes, certain medications, and genetics may also play a role. A few ways to curb bacterial growth are keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing moisture wicking socks, and giving your shoes a day to air out before wearing them again. If your symptoms continue or worsen, it may be time to see a podiatrist who can offer more advanced treatment for eccrine bromhidrosis of the feet.  

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Eugene Little, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

Plantar fasciitis develops as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heels to the toes and runs along the bottom of the foot. The fascia can become irritated for several reasons. These include obesity, standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, and wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Research has indicated that cases of plantar fasciitis have increased during the pandemic. This may be a result of more people walking or running outside on uneven surfaces when the gym was closed. Additionally, it is a possibility that flip-flops were worn most of the day while working remotely. These types of shoes have little or no arch support, which may be a contributing factor in developing plantar fasciitis. This condition can produce uncomfortable heel pain, and mild relief may be found by stretching the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. Many patients have found it helps to wear shoes that offer good support. If you have this ailment, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Eugene Little, DPM  from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Thursday, 16 June 2022 00:00

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