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September 2020

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

Strategies That Can Help Prevent Falling

Fear of completing daily activities may follow a fall for elderly people. Falling can lead to foot injuries, including broken toe and foot bones. This can lead to limited independence, and may result in limited physical activity. Research has indicated that many falls can be prevented by implementing safety methods. These can include removing worn rugs from the living environment, improving lighting in the house, and having routine physical examinations, which can be helpful in monitoring existing medication and acquiring updated eyeglass prescriptions. It is beneficial to install grab bars in the bath and toilet areas, in addition to having railings on both sides of the steps. Frequently exercising and performing simple stretches can add strength to the body, which may help to prevent falling. Please confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have about how falling can affect the feet, and about how to prevent injuries

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 Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Odessa, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Signs and Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot, as it is more often called, is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. There are many symptoms of this very common condition, and it’s important to be aware of them so that you can identify a potential fungal infection early and begin treatment. Itching, stinging, or burning on the soles of your feet and between your toes, as well as dry, cracking and peeling skin, are often the most recognizable signs of athlete’s foot. You may also have itchy foot blisters or raw skin on your feet. Your toenails can also get infected and may pull away from the nail bed or become discolored, thick, and crumbly. If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot, make sure that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.

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 Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

Causes of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels occur when the skin on the heels becomes thickened and dried out. Because the soles of the feet lack oil glands, the feet’s skin is often drier than the skin on the rest of the body. Due to this lack of moisture, the skin may lose its elasticity and become painful and unsightly. There are a variety of issues that can cause heels to dry out. Pressure on the feet from too much standing or weight gain can increase the risks of cracks. Footwear that offers little protection of the heel, such as flip flops, can also cause the skin in the heels to dry out. Conditions such as fungal infections, lack of nutrients in the skin and genetics are also risk factors for cracked heels. If you are suffering from cracked heels, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment and relief methods.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. 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 Odessa, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Is My Toe Pain Being Caused by Gout?

Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause swelling and stiffness in the joints, most commonly affecting the big toe. A common symptom of gout may include sudden flare ups, where the joints of the big toe begin to experience a throbbing, crushing pain. If your joints appear swollen or inflamed, and the skin of the affected area is warm and appears red or purplish, you may be experiencing symptoms of gout as well. Symptoms of gout can generally be managed by certain lifestyle changes as well as medication, however getting this condition diagnosed can sometimes be difficult. If you’re experiencing joint pain, particularly in your big toe, please seek the professional care of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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