Let’s face it, we give our feet a beating and don’t do much for them in return. When running, pressure put on the human foot is three to four times the body weight of that person. Improper shoe wear, foot conditions, and life circumstances all have their place in exacerbating the decline of good foot health. By following our basic foot care guidelines, you can dramatically reduce your risk of acquiring foot problems.
What you need to know about foot care.
One of the most important facts about foot care is that prevention is always more simple than treatment. Once foot conditions have developed, the road to recovery can be long and arduous. To detect foot conditions, a certain level of vigilance is required. Take our self-assessment quiz to determine whether or not you need treatment for a foot problem. If there is any doubt, contact Dr. Robert Parker for a professional diagnosis as soon as possible.
When looking for ways to reduce the probability of developing a foot condition, one of the first steps you can take is to devote yourself to proper nutrition for your Feet. There are many food and drink items that can be particularly harmful to foot health and can help to develop problems like gout. A proper diet that aids in controlling dangerous glucose levels should be used for diabetic foot. Additionally, certain stretches and exercises can correct and relieve current foot conditions. If you exercise those toes, you can relieve pain from problems like hammertoe and bunions. Certain exercises have been known to return tendons and ligaments back to a normal position.
All feet have different needs!
Not all feet are the same. The world is constantly trying to sell all-purpose shoe inserts and generic products for the average person. However, there is no “average” foot! Each pair of feet needs to be inspected and diagnosed for their own unique needs. For example, children’s feet require constant attention via the child’s walking habits as they are developing. On the other hand, foot care for seniors depends on attention to detail in the structure of the foot as the bones grow weaker. This is especially pertinent when diagnosing arthritis. Women’s feet are also renowned for contracting foot conditions in comparison to men. Years of wearing high-heels, shoes with small toe boxes, and flip-flops are often to blame for this. In recent years, many women have also acquired foot conditions from improperly done Pedicures.
With all of the common pressures and stresses put on the feet, you can only imagine what the continuous strain of running, jumping, and quick jolting movements can do to the feet. Athletic foot care often requires the acquisition of shoes specific to the activity being done. There are also many useful stretches and exercises that athletes can do to reduce the risk of injury to the feet or ankles.
Those with diabetes are at an even greater risk of foot problems due to high glucose levels and a decreased blood flow to the feet. These issues can be disruptive to diabetic foot care as they reduce the ability of the body to heal wounds and injuries. As many diabetics often develop neuropathy in their feet, daily foot self-exams are necessary to detect wounds as soon as they occur. Without these exams, foot problems can often develop into more serious foot conditions.
Common foot conditions and the treatments required
There are many foot conditions and problems that can be treated or prevented with home remedies. With the proper education patients will enjoy pain-free feet. Knowing how to stop a foot condition is half the battle!
Here are some common foot conditions:
Blisters – These can usually be prevented with cushioned pads used in the shoes on areas where rubbing occurs.
Bunion Prevention – Childhood foot care and exercises play a large role in bunion prevention.
Burning Feet – Burning feet usually need a professional diagnosis before any effective treatment can be used. Dr. Parker specializes in diagnosing and treating the causes of burning feet (typically neuropathy).
Fungus Problems – While some conditions can be treated with over-the-counter medications, many cases of fungal infections are resistant to non-prescription treatments.
Ingrown Nails – To avoid infection, our office can properly remove the affected nail efficiently.
Foot Odor and Smelly Feet – Consistently changes shoes and socks after activity can avert foot odor.
At Parker Foot and Ankle we desire to educate our patients on foot care so that they might be able to achieve great foot health. Minor changes can make a big impact overall. For more information on foot care, call our Houston office at 281-497-2850, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Parker.