Posts for: April, 2015
Fancy dresses, suits and ties, high heels and dress shoes. Prom Season is upon us, and it’s almost time to get all dolled up for the big day. But before you do, it’s important to keep some tips in mind:
- When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more one to two inches in height.
- Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
- Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.
It can be tempting to join the trend of dancing barefoot or taking off painful heels at the end of the night, but doing this can be a bit risky. Things like foot fungus and warts are rampant after prom season because of the massive exposure on the dance floor. Since there will undoubtedly be ladies (and guys) who take off their shoes at prom, make sure to check your feet about one month after prom for unusual growths like warts. If you choose to avoid the barefoot route, bring an extra pair of flats or socks to change into so you can dance the night away pain free!
It’s National Foot Health Month and our goal at DM Foot & Ankle is to keep you informed about the health of your feet. Here are the four main areas of the feet that are evaluated during your foot exam.
Dermatologic: We look at the overall temperature, texture, and color of the skin. The nails are checked for fungus or ingrown toenails, and the skin is checked for any abnormalities such as warts or other growths.
Vascular: The foot and ankle have two main pulses which we check to ensure there is good circulation to the feet and toes. We also evaluate the veins and check for any abnormal swelling.
Neurologic: We check if the sensation in the feet is normal. In conditions such as diabetes, many times the nerves are not functioning properly.
Musculoskeletal: This portion includes examining the bones, joints, and range of motion. During a foot assessment, the doctor may watch you walk or stand.
X-rays give more information about your feet including arch structure, the severity of bone structure issues such as bunions, and if there are any spurs or arthritis present.
It is important to keep your feet healthy and functioning because a quarter of your body’s bones are in your feet. If they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body. Be sure to get your feet checked out if you are experiencing any type of pain as this could be a sign of a bigger problem.
At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, our focus is to keep you informed and your feet healthy and happy!
In recent years, research has found how dangerous the effects of the sun can be on your skin. This has encouraged people to take action and wear the proper sun screen protection as well as limit the amount of time spent in the sun. While this may help to prevent skin cancer on much of the body, unfortunately skin cancers on the feet can also be related to virus’s, chemicals, chronic inflammation irritation, or inherited traits (according to the American Podiatric Medical Association).
While most skin lesions are harmless, there are some that can be very dangerous and even deadly. A skin lesion refers to any variation in the skin, color, or texture anywhere on the body. While some people are born with skin lesions like moles, freckles, or birthmarks, others are formed over time: lesions such as acne, warts, allergies, sunburn, or abrasions. Most skin lesions, cancerous or not, are painless.
There are several dangerous skin conditions to be aware of such as malignant melanoma, a pigmented lesion that can occur on the foot. Another condition is called actinic keratosis, this can lead to cancer on the feet and is usually found on the top of the foot where there has been more sun exposure. One of the most common cancerous skin lesions is squamuos cell carcinoma which resemble a wart or ulcer.
If you have a new growth or a past lesion that has changed recently, you should get it evaluated. We use a dermatopath lab that gives us very accurate results. Podiatrists are trained specifically to recognize, treat, and prevent abnormal skin conditions on the feet and lower extremities. Call our office at 630- 863-7517 to schedule an appointment to get your feet checked for any skin abnormalities or lesions. It is important to identify cancerous spots in the beginning stages before they can spread to other parts of your body.
If you would like to find out more about skin lesions and when to see a podiatrist, click here:APMA Foot Health
One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to shoes. Even though you may be able to pick your shoe size at the store, you cannot pick your shoe shape. Since shoes are made for a “generic” foot shape and size, this is where orthotics or shoe inserts come in handy. Most feet differ in shape, arch, width, and bone structure, so the generic shoe can be painful or even harmful to your feet. This is why orthotics are so important, they can be beneficial to any and all people.
What is an orthotic?
An orthotic is a removable custom insole which provides pressure, relief, and shock absorption. Custom-made orthotics or pre-made shoe inserts are both commonly recommended for patients who are athletes, have diabetes, or many other foot issues including heel pain, flat feet, and bunions.
How can orthotics help me?
Orthotics offer a high level of comfort and pressure relief. Since your shoes are not made specifically for your feet, orthotics can help to provide arch support and structure support by stabilizing, aligning, and cushioning the bottom of your foot. They help to normalize the fold across your feet and ease pain.
How do I get orthotics?
You have two choices for arch supports; either pre-made or custom made. Pre-made supports are a great alternative with the right brand. They are not molded to your foot specifically but they can help with general foot issues. Custom orthotics can only be ordered by a medical professional. They are custom made to fit your individual feet and address a number of issues including gait and structure problems, pain in the heel or sole, hammertoes, and even calluses. These can be tailor made to a specific sport or shoe, even if it’s a stiletto!
If you have never used orthotics, call us today and make an appointment to get fitted for your own pair of custom orthotics!