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November 2019

Many people who are over the age of sixty-five are aware of the injuries that may occur from falling. A broken foot may be a common ailment that can happen as a result of falling. Research has indicated that falls are the leading cause of injuries that elderly people endure. There are measures that can be implemented which may help to reduce the risk of falling. These can include removing worn carpets from the living environment, improving the lighting in the house, and installing grab bars in the toilets and shower area. Additionally, seniors may experience dehydration and poor eating habits, which may lead to reduced strength. These factors can help to increase the risk of falling. It may be beneficial to have frequent eye exams performed. This may help to prevent tripping over objects which may not have been seen. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

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 John Killough, DPM from Regional Foot Center. 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 Charleston and Effingham, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

Possible Ways to Prevent Gout

If you are experiencing severe pain and discomfort in your big toe, you may have a condition that is referred to as gout. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and typically affects the joints in the big toe. It generally develops as a result of genetic factors, or from eating foods which can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with excess sugar. When these types of foods are often consumed, uric acid levels may rise in the bloodstream, and crystals can form in the joints. This can cause extreme pain, and in severe cases, it may be difficult to walk. Additional symptoms that are associated with gout can include redness, tenderness, and the affected area may feel warm. There are measures that can be implemented which may help to prevent painful gout attacks. These can consist of incorporating healthy eating habits into your daily routine, and drinking plenty of water. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact John Killough, DPM from Regional Foot Center. 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 offices located in Charleston and Effingham, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

What Can Cause An Ingrown Toenail?

Many patients experience the pain and discomfort an ingrown toenail can cause. Ingrown toenails happen as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the skin. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include swelling, redness, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge that oozes from the edge of the nail. This condition can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have have enough room for the toes to move freely in, in addition to trimming toenails too short or incorrectly. Patients may find relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, followed by inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge. This may help to gradually lift the nail away from the nail bed. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options, which may include surgically removing a portion of the nail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact John Killough, DPM of Regional Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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The Achilles tendon is found in the back of the calf, and it connects the calf muscles to the heel. This portion of tissue is instrumental in allowing the foot to point and flex, in addition to performing activities that include running, jumping, and walking. If the Achilles tendon becomes damaged as a result of a fall or injury, immediate and severe pain is often felt. There are common reasons why this type of injury may occur. These can consist of calf muscles that have not been stretched properly before beginning a new sport, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or increasing the intensity of a sporting activity. Many patients find the affected leg is painful in the morning upon arising, and it may become swollen as daily activities are pursued. There are specific stretches that can be performed which may bring moderate relief. If you are afflicted with an Achilles tendon injury, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who guide you toward proper treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact John Killough, DPM of Regional Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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