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Monday, 28 November 2016 20:36

CDC Releases Report on Arthritis

Arthritis5Arthritis is a condition that affects not only the hands and wrists, but feet and ankles as well.  There are more than 50 million people in the US that are currently diagnosed with arthritis and there are a lot of different opinions on how to effectively treat the disease.  Frequently it is difficult to parse through what does work and what doesn’t.  Arthritis can be painful, especially when it affects the foot and ankle area.  When trying to manage this pain, it is important to be informed on what types of treatments are effective, keeping in mind that some can actually be harmful.  The CDC has recently released a report that outlines some good and bad treatments for this chronic ailment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. 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 inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of 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 to 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 Brattleboro, VT. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about arthritic foot care

foot injurySenior Kyle Crutchmer of Oklahoma State University’s wrestling team had his season cut short due to an injury to his right foot. Nevertheless, he still has a great chance to achieve All-American status for the second time at the 174-pound weight class. Six of Oklahoma State University’s matchups are against preseason top 25 teams, four of which are also in the top 10. In regards to the upcoming competition, Crutchmer states, “We’ve been training all summer and fall for this.”

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

●     Plantar Fasciitis

●     Plantar Fasciosis

●     Achilles Tendinitis

●     Achilles Tendon Rupture

●     Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

Read more about sports related injuries.

Monday, 14 November 2016 02:00

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

athletes foot8Odor emanates from people’s feet due to sweat or a lack of good hygiene practices. Bacteria can form as a result of either of these two reasons, and it may produce a strong odor. They tend to form around areas that are moist on your feet, and they feed on skin oils and dead cells. When bacteria thrive, they eliminate waste in the form of organic acids, which causes feet to smell. In order to keep your feet bacteria free, you should change your socks daily, keep your toenails clipped and clean, dry feet thoroughly after showering, and swab in between your toes with rubbing alcohol.

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 one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brattleboro, VT. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about athlete’s foot.

Monday, 07 November 2016 01:08

Diabetes Affects Over 29 Million Americans

elderly feet 3Diabetes is a pervasive disease that affects over 29 million Americans. One of the major concerns for diabetic patients is the short and long-term health of their feet.  Low blood circulation and nerve damage can lead to sores and infections on the feet and ankles. Because of varying degrees of this nerve damage, you might not be able to feel that you have a problem. This is why it is important to routinely inspect the foot and ankle area for any signs of cuts, sores or lesions. Make sure to keep your feet clean and dry. Any perpetual redness, blisters or bruises should be noted and discussed with your podiatrist immediately.

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 one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including 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 because 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 one of our offices located in Brattleboro, VT. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 31 October 2016 22:50

Wear Shoes That Have Proper Support

feet7Wearing shoes that have proper support for the feet is crucial in maintaining foot health. High heels are not the only shoes that should come to mind when thinking of shoes that lack support. Flats, sandals, and shoes made with synthetic fabrics are equally as bad as heels in terms of the amount of support they provide. Flip-flops have been linked to foot, ankle, and knee pain as well as gait abnormalities. It is important to be selective when choosing a pair of shoes in order to prevent injury as well as other difficulties while walking.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain-free and on your feet.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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diabetic foot care3Arthritis is a common condition that can affect the feet as well as many other parts of the body. Fortunately for those who suffer from the condition, there are massage options available in order to alleviate pain and stiffness. Massage therapists can help those who struggle with discomfort. Mild stretches combined with self-guided muscle release steps will have a positive impact on your body. Massage techniques can also be customized in order to fit your needs and limitations.

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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shoes2If you’re experiencing leg pain, it may be because of ill-fitting shoes, according to Dr. Samridhi Saxena, senior physiotherapist. Choose the proper shoes, especially if you are an avid exerciser, by using an impression of your foot to help determine your own foot shape and pattern. The type of shoe you wear can also affect your feet in the long term. When choosing shoes, make sure to consider what type of activity you will be wearing the shoes for, and shop accordingly. Treat any leg pain you may experience by stretching the sore muscle and taking a warm shower to alleviate the area.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

●     Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away

●     Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes

●     Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have

●     Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

Read more about proper shoe fitting.

runners20Both walking and running are beneficial exercise for your feet and your body, both of which contribute toward weight loss. However, running is more strenuous, leading to an increased risk of injury. Running “produces ground reaction forces of approximately 2.5 times body weight compared to 1.2 times that for walking,” according to the article. Because of this, it’s important to build up your overall muscles and take breaks when needed. Starting new exercises, especially as intense as running, requires time for your body to adapt so that injury can be prevented.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 03 October 2016 16:44

Plantar Fasciitis 101

toenail fungus7Plantar fasciitis is caused when the arch of the foot becomes inflamed. Each step that a person with the condition takes aggravates the plantar-fascia tissue, making it even more difficult to heal. Plantar fasciitis is the most common foot condition seen by podiatrists. People who are active and always on their feet are likely candidates for the condition. Most people find treatment through over-the-counter medications. However, if your pain persists, you should see 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 of Southern Vermont Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your 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 Brattleboro, VT. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis

Monday, 26 September 2016 21:19

How to Care for Arthritic Feet

Arthritis5According to recent research, what you incorporate in your diet can affect your arthritis inflammation symptoms. “The goal of your diet should be to eat foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can help manage symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and tenderness,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Kim Larson. Foods such as fatty fish or omega-3 fish oils, fruits and vegetables, turmeric, and ginger can help alleviate inflammation. However, Larson suggests cutting back on red meat, carbohydrates, and sugar.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Southern Vermont Podiatry. 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 inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of 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 to 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 one of our offices located in Brattleboro, VT. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about arthritic foot care

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