As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:
∙ Years of walking
∙ Improper footwear
∙ Poor circulation
∙ Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout
∙ Improperly trimming toenails
When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.
When to talk to your doctor
It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.
Some symptoms to look out for are:
∙ Brittle or discolored toenails
∙ Discoloration or cold/numb feet
∙ Severe pain in feet and ankles
∙ Blisters or cracked skin
∙ Sores and wounds
Tips for maintaining healthy feet
Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:
∙ Inspect your feet and nails regularly
∙ Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them
∙ Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin
∙ Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks
∙ Trim your toenails regularly
∙ Don’t cross your legs
∙ Elevate your feet when seated
Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!
Though an ankle sprain is often thought of as the lesser condition when compared to a broken bone, this is not always the case. A sprain can be serious and cause severe pain and discomfort, making it often confused for a broken bone. Find out the signs that you have sprained your ankle with Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI.
What is a sprain?
A sprain occurs when a muscle, tendon, or ligament supporting a joint becomes abnormally stretched or torn. Though most sprains come from one single incident or injury, they can occur due to repetitive motions. A sprain’s symptoms are similar to a broken bone and most doctors will suggest an x-ray to rule out a break or fracture and diagnose a sprain. In some cases, patients experience multiple sprains of the same muscle, which can result in a condition called chronic ankle instability which causes the ankle to turn and become injured easier than normal.
Is my ankle sprained?
You may experience an incident or injury and experience the symptoms of a sprain directly afterward or the sprain could develop over a longer period of time due to repetitive motions. If your ankle is sprained, you will likely experience serious pain and swelling around the ankle joint, with a very limited range of motion. You may be able to put some weight on the foot, but will likely not be able to support your full body’s weight. Bruising is also common around the sprained ankle joint. If you notice your ankle is deformed, experience severe pain, or cannot put any weight at all on the affected foot, you should seek immediate medical care as these are the signs of a broken bone.
Sprained Ankle Treatments in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens
Treating a sprained ankle often begins with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four elements allow the body’s natural healing abilities to take over and help the ankle heal on its own without invasive procedures. However, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, physical therapy, or, in rare cases, surgery to repair the damaged muscle, tendon, or ligament.
For more information on ankle sprains or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Hosey, Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI. Call (586) 263-4411 to schedule your appointment in Clinton Township, (586) 275-3000 to schedule your appointment in Sterling Heights, or (586) 468-5445 to schedule your appointment in Mount Clemens.
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Prevention is Key
Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.
Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.
Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that worsens over a period of months
Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.
When foot problems don’t respond to conservative treatments, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to relieve pain, correct a foot deformity or restore function in your foot and/or ankle.
Podiatric surgery is performed by board certified foot surgeons who specialize in surgery of the feet and ankles. An expert podiatrist can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and determine whether surgical intervention may be helpful for you based on factors such as type of procedure being performed, your age and medical history.
Our practice offers a variety of surgical procedures aimed at solving your lower extremity pains and deformities. Foot surgery is performed to treat many foot problems including:
- Heel pain
- Nail problems
Surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems can help you return to your active lifestyle while relieving pain and discomfort. Benefits of surgery include:
- Resolution of painful, chronic foot problems
- Increased mobility and ability to perform and participate in everyday activities
- Improved foot appearance
- Ability to wear a broader range of footwear and walk more comfortably
Following surgery, your podiatrist will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your foot/feet during recovery. Your podiatrist will work with you to ensure the foot heals normally and without complications for the best possible outcome.
When your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. At our practice, we do everything possible to get you back on your feet with the latest conservative treatments to resolve your problem without surgical intervention. And when conservative methods aren’t responsive, we can provide the highest quality of expert care for all foot and ankle conditions using the most current surgical techniques for shorter recovery times and an enhanced outcome.
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