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Which Type of Orthotic Do I Need?

Medical devices that are placed inside the shoes for walking and running are referred to as orthotics. They are used to relieve pain from abnormal foot structures, or from having general discomfort while walking. There are several types of orthotics, and choosing the right ones depends on the condition they will be correcting. Patients who have corns and calluses may benefit from wearing epidermal insoles, which can be successful in removing pressure from the affected parts of the foot. People who desire to have a balanced distribution of weight on the feet may opt to wear comfort insoles that can absorb shock. Orthopedic insoles that are made of one piece may help patients that have flat feet, or additional specific types of deformities. If you have foot pain, and are interested in learning more about orthotics, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine which type is correct for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Foot Conditions From Pregnancy

There are a multitude of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy. These can affect the feet, and many pregnant women find relief from resting and elevating their feet at various times during the day. A common condition during pregnancy is flat feet, which causes the arch to temporarily disappear as weight is gained. An effective remedy for flat feet during this time can include wearing shoes that fit correctly, and wearing custom-made orthotics. These types of insoles may be helpful in providing the support that is needed to relieve the pain from achy feet. Hormonal changes may cause the feet to have hot or burning sensations, possibly leading to an increase in body temperature. The majority of foot conditions during pregnancy may be managed by drinking plenty of water daily, keeping physically active, and wearing seamless socks, which may help poor circulation. It is suggested that women who have foot pain during pregnancy speak to a podiatrist who can offer effective relief remedies.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Soft Tissue, Ligaments, and the Ankle

The ligaments in the ankle are made of soft tissue. If an ankle injury has occurred, healing may be slow as a result of a lack of blood flow. Damage to these ligaments can be caused while participating in physical activities, or it may happen from unexpectedly stepping off a curb. Painful arthritis may be prevented when prompt medical attention is sought if an ankle sprain has occurred. One of the functions of the ankle ligaments is to keep the shape of the bones. An X-ray is often performed that can rule out a fracture, and treatment for a sprained ankle can begin. Many people find relief when the foot is frequently elevated, and an elastic bandage is wrapped around the affected ankle. This is generally successful in providing the stability that is necessary as the healing process occurs. If the ankle sprain happens from a sporting event, it is beneficial to temporarily stop that activity until a full recovery has taken place. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with the treatment that is right for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Stretching May Relieve Arch and Heel

The arch is responsible for several functions in the foot, and may become painful for various reasons. Performing specific stretches may help to relieve any discomfort, and bring overall relief to the entire foot. The plantar fascia is located on the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. The arch is often affected if the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and mild relief may be found when it is frequently stretched. This can be done by sitting in a chair with the affected foot on the other knee. The foot can be grasped in one hand, while holding the foot with the other hand, and pulling the heel back. The plantar fascia can also be stretched while kneeling with the hands and knees on the floor. A gentle stretch can be felt while sitting back on the heels. Many people find relief when they place their foot on a frozen water bottle and roll it back and forth several times. If you would like more information about how to relieve arch and heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with the podiatrists  from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Various Methods to Exercise the Feet

The feet can become strong when a consistent exercise regime is practiced. There are 26 bones, numerous tendons, and several ligaments that comprise each foot. Yoga has effective exercise and stretching techniques that target strengthening the feet. A heel sit is done by sitting on one foot at a time while kneeling on the other foot, and a stretch can be felt as the back foot is elongated. Calf raises can be equally as successful in keeping the feet strong. Many people enjoy having reflexology sessions, which are done by exerting pressure on various areas of the foot. This may be an effective method of strengthening the feet. Research has indicated that people who enjoy deadlifting may benefit by performing this type of strength training while barefoot. If you would like to learn more about what type of exercises can help the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Preventing Falls in the Shower

If you are a senior citizen, you undoubtedly know the importance of protecting the health of your feet. Something that can jeopardize the health of the feet, however, is suffering from a fall or trip. These falls can cause foot injuries in seniors and can further exacerbate foot health problems. Seniors might make a special effort to prevent falls in the shower. A senior might do this in a number of ways. For example, the installation of grab bars can help maximize stability and balance for a senior, giving them something to hold onto while entering and exiting the shower. Also, installing a shower chair gives the senior the option to sit while showering, which can reduce the chance of falling. Lastly, it might be a good idea to ensure that toiletries used while showering are placed within easy reach. If you are a senior or are caring for one, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to be diligent in protecting your foot health.

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 the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. 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 Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Dealing With Toenail Fungus

A toenail infection may be caused by a fungus, and this condition is known as onychomycosis. This fungus is extremely contagious and thrives in moist, warm environments. Many people come in contact with a fungus while at public swimming pools and gym locker rooms. The risk of developing a toenail fungus infection increases if you have sweaty feet, wear closed-toed shoes for long periods of time, or have an underlying condition such as diabetes. People with psoriasis or a weakened immune system are also at a higher risk. Toenail fungus infections can be recognized by yellow discoloration, thickened and crumbling toenails, or a foul odor may emit from the nails. In some cases the nail separates from the nailbed. If this type of toenail infection develops, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can prescribe antifungal medication, as creams and lotions may be less effective. In certain cases, the infected toenail may need to be removed entirely. Healing can take up to six months, and the affected nail may not look normal until a new healthy nail grows in fully. If you would like more information on dealing with a toenail fungus, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist.

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 the podiatrists of Boston Common Podiatry. 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 our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Gout in the Foot

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by the formation of uric acid crystals that settle in joints. High blood urate levels, or hyperuricemia, lead to crystal formation, and this can produce severe pain, stiffness, and swelling, often along the base of the big toe. One often has attacks of gout that can last from 12 hours to two weeks. If not tended to, gout can cause damage to joints, tendons, and other soft tissue that is irreversible. Hyperuricemia can also lead to kidney stones. Many people who suffer from gout have lifestyles, such as being overweight or eating or drinking items with high levels of purines or excess sugar or alcohol, that make them more vulnerable to gout. Those with some diseases, like anemia, psoriasis, and renal disease can also be more apt to get gout. Similarly, people taking certain medications can be more likely to get gout. Men are twice as likely to get gout than women. The chance of getting this ailment increases with age. If you have gout and you are experiencing pain in your big toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination, treatment, and prevention techniques.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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