Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics can be beneficial in improving balance for older people, thereby reducing the risk of falls and enhancing overall stability. As people age, changes in foot structure, muscle strength, and movement can lead to balance issues. Custom orthotics are designed to address these specific challenges by providing enhanced support and alignment tailored to the individual's foot shape and gait. By redistributing pressure evenly across the feet and offering additional cushioning, orthotics can help alleviate pain and discomfort, making it easier for seniors to stand and walk with confidence. Orthotics can correct biomechanical issues, improve posture, and provide a more stable base, which is essential for maintaining balance. Enhanced stability can significantly reduce the likelihood of falls, a common and serious concern for the elderly. If you are elderly or taking care of an elderly person, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to see if custom orthotics are right for you.

The benefits of custom orthotics are far-reaching and can make a significant impact on your daily life. Whether you are an athlete looking to enhance your performance, a healthcare worker on your feet every day, someone who experiences chronic foot pain, or someone who wants to improve their overall comfort and well-being, custom orthotics can be a game changer. 

Custom orthotics provide support, stability, and relief for a variety of foot conditions ranging from flat feet to heel pain. They can even help prevent injuries and address more severe foot concerns, such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot issues. 

Contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM at Choice Podiatry Center to create tailored orthotics for you and enjoy a higher quality of life, reduced pain, and increased mobility. With the right orthotics, you can continue doing the things you love, whether it’s running, dancing, or simply walking comfortably without discomfort. 

If you are suffering from foot discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, do not hesitate to contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM at Choice Podiatry Center to explore the benefits of orthotics for you. Your feet are the foundation of your body and investing in their well-being can lead to a happier, healthier, and more active lifestyle. Your feet will thank you!

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Foot stress fractures are tiny cracks, usually found in the long bones of the foot, that result from repetitive force or overuse. These fractures often occur in athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact activities like running or jumping. Risk factors can include a sudden increase in activity intensity, wearing improper footwear, and conditions like osteoporosis that weaken bones. Stress fractures develop when muscles become fatigued and lose their ability to absorb shock, transferring the impact to the bones. Common sites for these fractures are the metatarsal bones, which bear significant weight during movement. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, and tenderness that worsen with activity. Early diagnosis is vital for healing and preventing further complications. If you have foot pain after bouts of exercise, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat stress fractures.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM from Choice Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Corns are thickened areas of skin, usually on the toes or soles of the feet, that develop in response to pressure or friction. There are several different types of corns, each with its own distinct causes. Hard corns form on top of the toes or on bony areas due to repeated pressure or friction from improper footwear. In addition, foot deformities like bunions or hammertoes can contribute to corn formation that results from rubbing against the inside of a shoe. Soft corns commonly occur between the toes where the skin is moist and are often caused by friction from adjacent toes rubbing against each other. Seed corns are tiny corns that form in regions of the foot subjected to consistent weight-bearing. They are believed to be caused by dry skin or deformed sweat ducts. Regular exfoliation and moisturizing of the feet can help prevent dry skin and reduce the risk of seed corns. By participating in proper foot care practices, individuals can effectively manage corns and maintain optimal foot health. If you notice or struggle with corns forming on the foot, addressing the underlying cause of corns and treatment with a podiatrist is suggested. 

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM of Choice Podiatry Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot condition where the skin on the heels becomes dry, thick, and cracked. These fissures can range from superficial to deep, causing pain and discomfort, and in severe cases, bleeding and infection. Cracked heels can significantly threaten mobility, making walking or standing painful and challenging. Risk factors include prolonged standing, obesity, wearing open-back shoes, and having dry skin or certain medical conditions such as diabetes and hypothyroidism. Additionally, aging can reduce skin elasticity, increasing the likelihood of developing cracked heels. Maintaining proper foot hygiene, moisturizing regularly, and wearing supportive footwear can help prevent and manage this condition, ensuring that mobility is not compromised and the risk of complications is minimized.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM from Choice Podiatry Center. 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 our office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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