Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

As babies and children explore their surroundings, falls are an inevitable part of their journey to independence. However, implementing precautionary measures can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Start by creating a safe environment with secured gates at staircases and window guards to prevent falls from elevated surfaces. Ensure furniture is anchored to the wall to prevent tipping and keep floors clutter-free to minimize tripping hazards. When it comes to infants, always supervise them during diaper changes and avoid leaving them unattended on elevated surfaces such as changing tables or sofas. For toddlers and older children, teach them the importance of using handrails when climbing stairs and encourage safe play practices, such as not running indoors or jumping from high places. Additionally, provide age-appropriate toys and equipment and supervise them during activities such as climbing, swinging, or riding bikes. Many children’s feet can be affected from falling, which can hinder enjoying daily activities. If your child has fallen and has foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions, and guide you on more effective fall prevention techniques for your children.

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 one of our podiatrists from Boca Raton 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 Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

If you have ever felt a stabbing pain in your heel, especially when you first step out of bed in the morning, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis. This condition, often referred to as painful heel syndrome or runner's heel, occurs when the plantar fascia, or tissue, that connects your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed or tight. This causes intense discomfort, especially after periods of rest. Although plantar fasciitis is considered a repetitive stress injury, not just athletes are at risk. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet or has recently changed their exercise routine may develop plantar fasciitis. The pain is typically gradual, worsening throughout the day, and affects your ability to walk. It may even radiate toward your toes. While weight gain and sudden increases in activity can contribute to plantar fasciitis, it is essential to consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment as other factors may be involved. A podiatrist is trained to assess this condition and recommend personalized treatment options, including stretching exercises, orthotic shoe inserts, or pain relief medication. Ignoring the symptoms of plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain or changes in your gait that may affect other parts of your body. For help in managing plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors 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 office located in Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Foot pain is a common ailment that can stem from a variety of causes, significantly impacting mobility and quality of life. Injuries such as sprains, fractures, and tendonitis are frequent culprits. Various forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, can also lead to foot pain due to joint inflammation and damage. Wearing ill-fitting footwear often increases foot discomfort, leading to issues like bunions, which are painful enlargements of the joint at the base of the big toe. Symptoms of foot pain can include a sharp or dull ache, swelling, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion. Typical treatment strategies include rest, and sometimes more targeted therapies like custom orthotic devices. If you have foot pain that persists or is worsening, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide a comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment options to alleviate pain and prevent further complications.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Friday, 24 May 2024 00:00

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

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