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December 2019

There are many ways to prevent falling in the home. Research has indicated that falling can be a common occurrence among elderly people, which is why it is important for them to implement steps to better prevent this from occurring. It is beneficial to walk at a slower pace, in addition to wearing shoes that fit properly. These types of shoes can include footwear that has a non-slip sole, closed toes, and a cushioned heel area. It may also be helpful to discard older rugs that may have become worn, and to secure any existing rugs to the floor. Many patients also find it useful to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, which may help in maintaining balance. Additionally, it is wise to have regular eye exams and to improve the lighting in the house in order to help prevent tripping over any potential falling hazards. If you would like general knowledge on the dangers of falling, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide information about how falling can affect the feet.

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 Matthew G. Ollerton, DPM from Foot & Ankle Clinics of Utah. Our doctor 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 Springville, UT. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 23 December 2019 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

Teenagers and children who actively participate in running and jumping sporting activities may be familiar with Sever’s disease. This condition affects the growth plate in the heel, and it occurs as a result of the bones, muscles, and tendons growing at different rates. The symptoms that are typically associated with this condition can consist of walking on tiptoes, pain when the heel is squeezed, and it may be difficult to walk upon arising in the morning. Moderate relief may be felt when the affected foot is elevated, and it may help to wear shoe inserts which can provide additional support. If your child has developed Sever’s disease, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide your child toward proper treatment.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Matthew G. Ollerton, DPM from Foot & Ankle Clinics of Utah. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

Possible Causes of Bunions

A protruding bone at the base of the big toe is considered to be a deformity, and is referred to as a bunion. A common symptom of this condition consists of the big toe leaning in the direction of the other toes. This can force the bone to extend in the other direction. Genetics may play a significant role in developing a bunion, in addition to wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Existing medical conditions may contribute to the onset of a bunion, including gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients have found mild relief when a pad is worn over the bunion, which may help to prevent calluses from forming on top of it. For severe bunions, surgery may be necessary for permanent removal. If you are developing a bunion, it is advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can begin to promptly treat this condition.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Matthew G. Ollerton, DPM of Foot & Ankle Clinics of Utah. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Wearing high heels can be a fashion statement. They can provide additional height, and can make the foot and leg appear slender. As desirable as they are to wear, there may be consequences that come with wearing this type of shoe. Common foot injuries that may result from wearing high heels can include sprained ankles, blisters on the toes or heels, or bunions. Additionally, patients may develop plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the heel to the toes. There are methods that can be implemented which may help the feet to feel better when high heels are frequently worn. These can include stretching the calf muscles which may help to protect against Achilles tendon injuries, and wearing shoes that have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, it may be beneficial to alternate between wearing heels and flats. If you would like additional information about how high heels affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Matthew G. Ollerton, DPM from Foot & Ankle Clinics of Utah. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

Treatment Options for a Broken Foot

A common cause of a broken foot is a traumatic fall. Additionally, it can happen gradually from repeated stress that occurs in the same area of the foot. This can develop from frequently participating in sporting activities that involve running and jumping. The symptoms that many patients experience include severe pain and discomfort, an inability to walk, and the foot may become swollen or bruised. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically consists of having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. The type of treatment may depend on the severity of the fracture. Effective methods can consist of wearing a boot or cast. If your foot is severely fractured, surgery may be necessary to repair the affected bones. If you have broken your foot, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible to begin treatment.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Matthew G. Ollerton, DPM from Foot & Ankle Clinics of Utah. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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