Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Foot arthritis is a common condition in older adults, but it has not been studied as much as arthritis in the knees or hands. Most studies focus on the big toe joint, but not much is known about arthritis in the middle of the foot. Approximately 17 percent of people over age 50 have foot arthritis that causes symptoms and is visible on X-rays. The big toe joint is usually affected the most, followed by other joints in the foot. There are several types of foot arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout that require different treatments. Podiatrists may recommend wearing special shoes, custom-made orthotics, and sometimes surgery to help ease pain. If you have chronic foot pain, you may be suffering from a type of arthritis. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and determination of what the cause is, followed by obtaining proper treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors 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 office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 25 February 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common heel condition that primarily affects children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth. Contrary to its name, Sever's disease is not an actual disease but rather an overuse injury that occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed. This growth plate, the calcaneal apophysis, is particularly vulnerable during growth spurts when bones, muscles, and tendons develop at different rates. The repetitive stress on the growth plate from activities such as running or jumping can lead to pain, swelling, and tenderness at the back of the heel. Factors such as tight calf muscles, improper footwear, and engaging in high-impact sports contribute to the development of Sever's disease. If your child participates in sporting events and has developed heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors 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 Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

For individuals with diabetes, proper foot care is essential to prevent complications arising from nerve damage, circulation issues, and infections. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist are vital to maintain healthy feet. Managing diabetes and adopting a healthy lifestyle are key factors in ensuring foot health, including regular podiatric exams, daily blood sugar monitoring, engaging in regular exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Daily foot care routines are equally important and include inspecting the feet thoroughly, washing them daily with mild soap, drying them well, and moisturizing dry skin. Healthy foot habits encompass avoiding antiseptic solutions, and heating pads, walking barefoot, and attempting to remove foot lesions independently. Proper toenail care is important but should be done safely, especially if there are visual or circulatory issues in the feet. Footwear choices are critical, and it is essential to wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes with ample toe room, avoid materials that do not breathe, and inspect the inside of shoes regularly. To recognize early signs of foot problems, if you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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