Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Preventing falls among older adults is paramount to maintaining quality of life and independence. Various factors contribute to an increased risk of falls in seniors. Among them are muscle weakness, gait abnormalities, and pain. Additionally, certain health conditions like inner ear problems, vision impairment, and arthritis can negatively affect balance and mobility. Medications, such as those for blood pressure and sleep disorders, can induce side effects that increase susceptibility to falls. Through comprehensive assessments and evaluations, a podiatrist can tailor interventions to reduce fall risks. These may involve strength, gait, and balance tests, blood pressure monitoring and vision assessments. Incorporating balance exercises and strength training into daily routines can significantly enhance mobility and stability, thereby reducing the likelihood of falls. Activities targeting core and leg muscles are particularly beneficial, as they play a vital role in maintaining balance and coordination. Using assistive devices, such as canes, walkers or wheelchairs, can provide additional support and safety for individuals with mobility limitations. If you are a senior and have fallen recently or experience balance problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough exam to determine what the reason is.

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 Front Range 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 Littleton, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Your toes might seem like small, inconsequential parts of your body, but when they're happy and healthy, they play a big role in your overall comfort and mobility. Fortunately, you don't need fancy equipment or hours of time to keep your toes in tip-top shape. Just a few simple toe stretches can go a long way in promoting flexibility, strength, and comfort. Stretching your toes is about promoting blood flow, reducing pain and swelling, and minimizing your risk of injury. Start with both feet flat on the floor, then lift your toes, aiming to get them all to the same height. Hold for a few seconds, then repeat. Similar to the toe lift, but this time, try to spread your toes apart as much as possible while lifting. Stand next to a wall and use your hands for support as you press your toes against the wall, flexing them gently. Wrap a towel or belt around your big toe and gently pull it toward you to increase mobility. Using a wall for support, push the toes of one foot against the floor to stretch them. While these stretches can work wonders for many people, it's essential to listen to your body and consult with a podiatrist if you experience persistent pain or discomfort. They can offer personalized advice and treatment options to keep your feet happy and healthy for years to come. Incorporating these simple toe stretches into your daily routine takes just a few minutes but can make a world of difference in how your toes feel and function. If you are experiencing any type of toe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Front Range Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a common foot condition where the arches of the feet collapse, resulting in the entire sole of the foot making contact with the ground. Understanding the various causes, including hereditary conditions such as Ehler-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome, may shed light on this condition's complexity. Genetics can influence the structure and alignment of the foot's bones, tendons, and ligaments. Individuals with a family history of flat feet are more likely to inherit the trait, predisposing them to this condition from birth. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes can contribute to the weakening of the foot's supportive structures, leading to flat feet over time. Furthermore, injury or trauma to the foot, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, and wearing unsupportive footwear can exacerbate the condition. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment methods.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Front Range Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Sunday, 05 May 2024 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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