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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Improving Balance Helps to Avoid Falls

As people age, maintaining balance becomes increasingly vital to prevent falls, a common and potentially serious issue for seniors. Factors such as poor posture, lack of exercise, and inadequate diet can contribute to balance problems. Improving balance not only reduces the risk of falls but also alleviates the fear of falling, a condition that can hinder daily activities and diminish quality of life. Engaging in gentle exercises, such as standing on one leg while holding onto a chair, can significantly enhance balance. Joining exercise classes can further strengthen core muscles and improve stability. Additionally, practicing heel-to-toe walking helps to develop inner leg muscles, which is essential for maintaining balance. Consistency in these activities supports better bone health. However, it is essential to exercise safely by using sturdy supports or attending classes with certified instructors. Always consult your medical advisor before starting any new exercise regimen and be mindful of how medications might impact your balance. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for more guidance on how to improve your balance and prevent falls.

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 Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist 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 offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 11 July 2024 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.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Stiff Big Toe Pain

Hallux rigidus, or stiff big toe, is a form of arthritis affecting the joint at the base of the big toe, leading to pain and stiffness. This condition occurs due to the wear and tear of the cartilage in the joint, which can be accelerated by repetitive stress, injury, or genetic predisposition. It commonly affects adults over 30, especially those with a history of foot injuries, or occupations that place significant stress on the feet. Symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the big toe during movement, swelling surrounding the joint, and difficulty in bending the toe. Over time, bone spurs may develop, further limiting motion and causing discomfort. Complications of untreated hallux rigidus can include chronic pain, difficulty walking, and an altered gait, leading to additional foot, knee, hip, or back problems. Prevention involves wearing supportive shoes with a wide toe box, avoiding high heels, and performing foot exercises to maintain flexibility. Treatment options range from non-surgical methods, such as anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics, and targeted stretching exercises, to surgical intervention, in severe cases. If you have a stiff and painful big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick connective tissue running along the sole of the foot. This tissue supports the arch and absorbs shock during walking and running, but excessive strain can lead to tiny tears and inflammation. High-risk groups for plantar fasciitis include runners, dancers, and those who stand for prolonged periods, such as sales assistants. Other contributing factors can include foot deformities like flat feet or high arches, tight calf muscles, or Achilles tendons. Wearing inappropriate footwear and obesity are other factors. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis often include severe burning or stabbing pain, especially noticeable with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. Although the pain may subside with movement, it can return after strenuous activity. With advancing age, the risk increases as the tissue loses elasticity and the fat pads under the heel thin out. If you are experiencing pain in the bottom of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM  from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist 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 offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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