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Reflexology is a popular form of foot therapy. This type of therapy focuses on pressing on specific reflex points on the foot, and many people find it to be relaxing. It is known to balance energy in the body, and patients may find this helps to maintain well-being. Organs and certain areas of the body are connected to these points and can invoke a healing response. Some of the benefits that are associated with reflexology can include boosting the immune system, increasing circulation, and cleansing the body of toxins. Additionally, some people have noticed existing headaches, sinus conditions, and stomach pains may be reduced when reflexology is practiced. Healing may occur to organs that need it, and the overall body may become stronger when the entire foot is massaged. If you are interested in learning more about foot reflexology, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Most Common Injuries
People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track.
What to Do When Injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.
During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:
Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.
Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!
As an individual progresses into their elderly years, it becomes increasingly important for them to take extra care of their feet. This is because the feet can become more susceptible to foot conditions with age. One important part of maintaining foot health is wearing shoes that fit properly. When an elderly individual goes shoe shopping, there are several things they may consider doing to select the best fitting shoe. For example, as an individual gets older, it can be more difficult to bend over and put on shoes. So a senior may consider shopping for shoes that are easy to put on and take off. Additionally, since older people may slip and fall, shopping for shoes which have grips can be beneficial. If you are a senior or are caring for one, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for more information.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. 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.
- 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
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
A reddened, painful, and swollen big toe can be the result of a type of arthritis called gout. This uncomfortable condition is caused by an overabundance of uric acid in the body. If not properly eliminated through the kidneys, uric acid can collect in the joints, where it crystallizes. The result is pain that flares up suddenly and stays active for up to a week or more. Risk factors for developing gout include age, diet, obesity, and genetics. Gout cannot be cured, but it can be treated by a foot doctor who is a specialist in dealing with this condition. Treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, changes in diet, and certain lifestyle modifications. One of the best methods of preventing gout flare-ups is reducing the amount of purines in the foods that are eaten. Seafood, red meat, shellfish, and drinks sweetened with large amounts of sugar fall into this category. Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages and caffeine also helps, along with increasing exercise, drinking more water, and losing weight. For professional help in managing gout attacks, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. 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.
Even if you are unfamiliar with the field of podiatry, you might have already heard about the foot condition known as bunions. Bunions are a kind of bony bump that can form on the outer side of the big toe. There are many ways to treat a bunion and they often depend on the severity of the patient’s case. For example, a podiatrist might recommend a surgical procedure if the bunion is particularly severe. A surgical procedure might be effective in treating bunions because it realigns the joints and removes the bony growth. If you are suffering from significant pain from the bunion or a toe deformity, this might be an indication that surgery be considered. Importantly, there are many types of bunion surgeries, including a bunionectomy and osteotomy. If you are currently living with a bunion, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information about treatment options.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How Are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
Anyone who has walked a long distance in brand new shoes has probably encountered a blister or two. Blisters on the feet often form when shoes are too tight, socks are too thin, and feet are too moist. The main cause of a blister is friction. The skin on the feet can be irritated by rubbing against the inside of a shoe. This causes a reaction from the body to protect itself. The top layer of skin separates from the rest and allows serum to collect underneath, forming a cushion between the layers. Pain from a blister can be prevented by implementing a few easy measures. Changing the shoes to a wider toe box will allow the toes to move freely. If you plan to take a long walk or to exercise, try wearing socks with a double layer that helps provide ample cushioning. Antiperspirant foot sprays can help to keep excessive moisture from building up inside the shoes. Runners who are prone to developing blisters may wish to try using low friction insoles in their shoes. Finally, choose footwear which is made of more flexible materials to reduce friction. If you have developed a blister that will not heal, or if a blister has become infected, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment options.
Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM of Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.
What Are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.
(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)
- Bubble of skin filled with fluid
- Moderate to severe pain
Prevention & Treatment
In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.