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May 2022

Many experts think it's important for parents to have their children walk barefoot as often as possible. This is beneficial in strengthening the entire foot. Additionally, the toes can become stronger and more flexible by grasping the floor, and circulation and muscle tone may improve. Children’s feet will feel good when they are washed and dried thoroughly, especially between the toes. There are common foot conditions in children that can easily be prevented.  Ingrown toenails may be avoided when the toenails are trimmed properly.  These can include corns and bunions which generally develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection and may be avoided when appropriate shoes are worn in public areas. When you see your child’s shoes are too small, it is strongly suggested that new shoes are purchased promptly that are comfortable and fit correctly. If you would like additional information about tips on how to care for children’s feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Jed Wells, DPM of Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Experts have found that people with osteoarthritis, which affects three or four joints, are 75 percent more likely to fall. It is thought that lack of mobility, as the result of pain, causes muscles to weaken, affects the gait, and throws off your balance. Also, certain medications may affect your stability. Ways to help prevent falls at home include removing loose wires, small rugs, and other clutter from floors and walkways. Place non-skid mats and grab bars in showers and tubs. Improve lighting in hallways, and install handrails on staircases inside and out. Taking vitamin D may help to increase muscle strength and reduce fall risks if you are deficient. Finally, wear shoes that fit properly and have non-skid soles. Avoid high heels, slippers, and leather-soled shoes that can be slippery or affect your balance. For further guidance, please consult a podiatrist about specific measures that can be taken to keep you on your feet safely.

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 Jed Wells, DPM from Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. 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 offices located in Corpus Christi, and Laredo, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Rheumatoid arthritis, which is referred to as RA, is an extremely painful and often debilitating disease that causes inflammation in joints. It can occur in the feet and ankles, often affecting the small interphalangeal joints in the toes first. RA may also develop in the metatarsophalangeal joint in the big toe, as well as the subtalar joint that connects the ankle with the foot. RA can damage other structures in the feet and ankles, and may lead to the formation of nodules in ligaments and tendons. Additionally, corns and calluses may form on the skin. Damage from RA may change the shape of affected joints and cause the toes to become twisted and deformed, as in hammertoes and bunions. RA flares can affect people differently. Symptoms from an RA flare can last for days, weeks, or even months and it may be difficult to walk. Professional care from a podiatrist can help ease symptoms, improve mobility, and help to lessen future damage to affected joints.


 

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Jed Wells, DPM of Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Toenail Fungus and Prevention Methods

A fungal infection of the toenails is medically referred to as onychomycosis. It can be unsightly as a result of the toenails becoming thick and yellowed, which are common symptoms of toenail fungus. It is considered to be a contagious infection and lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These types of places can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is advised to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, in addition to refraining from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. These may be effective prevention methods, but it is also suggested to frequently wash and thoroughly dry the feet, as well as practice overall good hygiene. Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat and may take several months. If you have symptoms of this condition, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment options for you.

For more information about treatment, contact Jed Wells, DPM of Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Diabetic Care Extends to the Feet

As many people seem to develop diabetes, it is wise to understand that this blood sugar-insulin imbalance can ultimately affect your feet. Foot complications are considered to be one of the major causes of hospitalizations for diabetics taking insulin and a big factor in the development of foot ulcers. One remedy for feet affected by diabetes is losing weight. Many experts in diabetic foot care also suggest a regular exercise program. And some believe that changing the way you eat, to include more fruits and vegetables, can help to reduce the onset of diabetic bouts. Improving foot health is extremely important, because foot infections can cause serious problems, including ulcers and gangrene. Further, it is important for diabetics to wear shoes that do not constrict the feet and socks that do not cut off the circulation in the ankles. It is also suggested that diabetics quit smoking, which can lead to cardiovascular and lung disease. Anyone with diabetes is wise to make regular appointments with a podiatrist who can closely monitor their foot conditions and offer treatments if or when problems arise. 

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 Jed Wells, DPM from Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 our offices located in Corpus Christi, and Laredo, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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