Posts for: March, 2021
What causes flat feet?
Sometimes flat feet are simply inherited (thanks mom and dad!). Other times they develop as a result of a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon due to age-related wear and tear, physical activity, and overpronation. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop flat feet.
Should I be concerned about my child’s flat feet?
The arches of the feet develop during childhood, so it’s not normal for your baby or toddler to have arches. Their flat feet are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Arches typically won’t form until your child is two or three years old, and some children won’t develop arches until the age of five.
What are some ways to treat flat feet?
If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then there is no reason to seek treatment for your flat feet; however, if you are dealing with foot pain, particularly around the heel or arches of the foot, then you should talk with your podiatrist about ways to ease your pain and prevent further flare-ups. Some conservative ways to treat flat feet include,
- Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide ample cushioning and support for the entire foot, particularly the arches and heel
- Consider getting prescription orthotics from your podiatrist, which can evenly distribute the weight throughout the foot rather than putting added pressure on the arches or heel
- Losing weight, if the patient is overweight or obese
- Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling
- Talking to your podiatrist about special exercises that you can do to improve the strength and function of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the foot to reduce pain
- Weighing the pros and cons of surgical intervention
We depend on our feet to get from place to place, to navigate our world, so taking good care of them is already very important. It becomes much more important if you suffer from diabetes as you have to be extra diligent to make sure they, along with the rest of you, are healthy. To learn more about how your podiatrist can help you care for your feet contact Dr. Jeffrey Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ.
Guarding Against Infection
Infection is your number one enemy where it comes to foot care if you suffer from diabetes. On one front there is nerve damage, which is very common among diabetic patients, affecting about half of them. This nerve damage on the legs and feet can dull your sense and make you unaware that something is wrong, and so infection can progress unnoticed without help from your podiatrist.
Poor circulation, also common by those afflicted with the chronic condition, can lengthen the healing time for infections, which is what makes them so dangerous. More so if they go unnoticed. If allowed to progress, an infection can threaten your life. That is why once it has advanced too far into the limb that many doctors suggest amputation as a drastic, but necessary life-saving measure. The guard against infection is regular examinations of your feet, both by yourself and your podiatrist.
Diabetic Foot Care in Vineland, NJ
Your podiatrist not only checks your feet for signs of infection but can help prevent problems that could turn into one. Such as with ingrown toenails, by helping you trim them properly.
They can also treat corns and calluses, and other foot-related conditions to prevent complications. So if you're diabetic you should not try to care for these on your own, instead, turn to your podiatrist to treat them in a professional and safe environment. Make an appointment with Dr. Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, by dialing (856) 839-0579.
- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch