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Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

Many older adults suffer from swelling in the feet and ankles. This swelling can reduce mobility, make falls more likely to occur, and decrease overall comfort. Doing simple exercises can help reduce swelling in the lower limbs by helping the body pump fluids up from the feet and back into the center area of the body. Once the excess fluid is in the trunk of the body, it can be eliminated via urine. A simple exercise that you can do at home to reduce swelling in the ankles is ankle pumps. To do this exercise, lie down and elevate the feet. Moving only the feet, point your toes up towards your head, and then down away from your head. Go back and forth 30 times, completing this exercise three times per day. For more information about what you can do to reduce swelling in the lower limbs, consult with a podiatrist today.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Wayne Rash, DPM from Castro Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

There are many factors that can go into why a person’s feet may be experiencing pain, one of which is trauma. When trauma or injury occurs to the foot, various complications may develop. The injured foot may begin to swell, feel tender, bruise, and become difficult to walk on. Trauma may also cause the foot, toes, and lower extremity regions to sprain or break. In order to properly treat trauma to the foot, it’s important that you get examined by a podiatrist who can give you a professional diagnosis, and determine the best treatment option to relieve your pain. If you have experienced trauma or injury to your foot, please consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for prompt treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Wayne Rash, DPM from Castro Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Shin splints and stress fractures can often be mistaken for one another. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones, while shin splints can cause pain in the tendons, muscles, and tissues surrounding the shin bone, also known as the tibia. Stress fractures are often caused by overuse or repetitive force, which is why it is fairly common among runners. Long-distance running, as well as repeated jumping, can lead to a stress fracture, as well as weaken the bones due to osteoporosis. For more information on how to treat stress fractures, and help on differentiating them from shin splints, please speak with a podiatrist.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Wayne Rash, DPM from Castro Podiatry. 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 San Francisco, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as gout is considered to be a form of arthritis. Common symptoms of this ailment often consist of severe pain and discomfort in the joints of the big toe. The pain can be debilitating, and it may be difficult to complete daily activities. Gout can develop as a result of having elevated uric acid levels in the blood, which generally happens due to high purine levels. This can happen as a result of genetic factors, from eating foods such as shellfish and red meat, and from drinking excessive alcohol. Additionally, it may occur in patients who are obese, or who have chronic kidney disease. Research has indicated that it may be beneficial to implement healthy eating habits into your daily routine, as this may limit the amount of gout attacks. If you have frequent bouts of gout, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you prevention and treatment options.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Wayne Rash, DPM from Castro Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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