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December 2022

Many elderly people know the importance of maintaining physical mobility, knowing it can affect their ability to walk and complete daily activities. Falling can be common among seniors, possibly resulting in a broken toe or foot, which may happen from a loss of balance and strength. It can also invoke fear of falling, and moving around may be put on the back burner. This can negatively affect social life, in addition to losing the satisfaction of accomplishing a physical task. There are fall prevention methods that can be implemented which can raise confidence levels, and reduce the fear of falling. These can include frequently engaging in a gentle exercise routine that can increase balance and strengthen the body. Many patients find it helps to improve lighting in the household, and installing grab bars can help to find stability that is needed in the shower and toilet areas. Additionally, it is beneficial to have regular physical and eye examinations, which can help to monitor existing medication and eyeglasses. Falling can affect the feet, and it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward fall prevention techniques.

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 Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

The Ugly Truth About Cracked Heels

When the skin on the soles of our feet becomes too dry, it can split and cause painful, sometimes bloody cracks or fissures. These might make it hard to walk, but they can also lead to infections and illness. Lack of moisture causing heel cracks can be from cold weather, dehydration, not moisturizing the feet enough, hot water from bathing or soaking too long, or harsh, drying soaps. Cracked heels can also be a result of diabetes or obesity. Diabetics may suffer nerve damage to their feet from uncontrolled blood sugars that can cause dry skin. People with diabetes are more apt to develop an infection from cracked heels because they may not be able to feel pain in their feet allowing a developing condition to go unnoticed. If one is obese, more weight is put on the foot pad causing it to expand out. If the skin on the feet is dry, there is added pressure and more cracking can result. It is important to examine feet regularly and practice good foot care. If you have cracked heels that worsen or do not respond to foot pampering, see a podiatrist immediately for treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Athlete’s Foot in Teens

Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that thrives in damp, warm environments. It can cause annoying and uncomfortable redness, rashes, and flakiness between the toes and on the soles of the feet. This condition is contagious and can spread to other parts of the body or other people who encounter it. Athlete’s foot can affect people of all ages. Teens are a high-risk group because they are likely to participate in sports, walk barefoot in public places, and not be as careful about grooming their feet. Athlete’s foot usually goes away in a couple of weeks. However, treatment might be longer, especially if it becomes infected or impacts the toenails. Teens should be taught to keep their feet clean and dry, wear shoes in warm, wet public spaces, switch up which shoes are worn often to prevent moisture buildup, and change socks to ones made of material that wicks moisture away regularly. If your teen has athlete’s foot, it is suggested you take them to see a podiatrist who can treat it most effectively and efficiently.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Pros and Cons of Wearing Flip-Flops

There are many differences of opinion concerning flip-flops and the feet. Despite the ease and choice of several designs and colors to choose from, wearing these types of shoes may have detrimental effects on the feet. Flip-flops are made of rubber material, with a thin piece separating the big toe from the other toes. They generally have little or no arch support, and the toes work harder than usual to keep the shoe on the foot. It is beneficial to wear flip-flops for a limited time, such as going to the beach or pool, followed by wearing a more supportive shoe at the end of the day. There are flip-flops that are made of sturdier materials, in addition to having a strap on the back. This may be helpful in preventing cracked heels from developing. Flip-flops can be fun to wear, and if you desire to do so, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best type of this shoe to purchase.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Deepa Bhatt-Montoya, DPM from Chicago Podiatric Surgeons. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, IL .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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