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September 2022

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

A Heel Spur May Be Misdiagnosed

As small as a heel spur is, it can bring severe pain and discomfort to the patient. It is a bony protrusion that may be pointed and is found underneath the heel. It is a calcium build-up, and can gradually come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many times a heel spur may be misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, which is another condition that affects the heel. A diagnosis consists of undergoing an examination that can determine how tender the heel is, in addition to possibly having an X-ray taken. There are patients who find mild relief when anti-inflammatory medications are taken, despite being a temporary fix. Another option that may be considered are custom-made orthotics, and these may help to diminish pressure on the Achilles tendon. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist is consulted who can determine what the cause is, and offer correct treatment options. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Jordana Szpiro, DPM, FACFAS from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your 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.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Changes That Can Occur in Elderly Feet

The importance of taking care of our feet becomes crucial as we age. This may be difficult for elderly people to accomplish, and family members and friends may be of help in checking the bottom of their feet. Older people may lose the feeling in their feet that enables them to notice sensations, which can make it difficult to feel any cuts, scrapes, or bruises. Seniors may develop foot conditions that can be a result of poor circulation, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and taking certain types of medications. Additionally, there may be reduced mobility as the aging process occurs, and trimming the toenails may become difficult as the vision changes. One of the first steps in caring for elderly feet consists of washing and drying them thoroughly, followed by applying a good moisturizer. It is beneficial to wear cotton socks, and existing fluid retention may be reduced when the feet are frequently elevated. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward giving their feet the proper attention.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jordana Szpiro, DPM, FACFAS from Boston Common 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 Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Foot Conditions May Occur From Standing All Day

There are various professions that require standing for the majority of the day. These include retail workers, medical field personnel, and restaurant employees. Research has indicated that many people who endure standing have chronic foot pain. The feet carry the weight of the body, and it is not surprising that foot pain exists. A common foot condition that can be caused by standing all day is plantar fasciitis. This affects the heel and the arch of the foot, and it can cause difficulty in walking. This condition often requires attention sooner than later, relief may be relieved by wearing custom-made orthotics. The feet distribute the weight of the body unequally, as most people alternate their weight between their feet. This can cause overall muscle fatigue, and general discomfort. Additionally, this can negatively affect an employee's performance, as the days are spent in pain. It is beneficial to stand on a stress mat that may help to balance the body’s weight, in addition to wearing comfortable shoes. If you have questions about how to protect your feet while standing all day, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Jordana Szpiro, DPM, FACFAS from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Differences Between Running and Walking Shoes

Running shoes and walking shoes have different purposes and, therefore, are built differently. Running shoes are lighter in weight in order to facilitate speed and feel light on the feet. They also have a stiffer sole, a thicker heel for support and cushioning, and motion control features built in to reduce pronation and unbridled foot motions. Walking shoes provide arch support. They are generally heavier and offer more cushioning, however, heels should not be as thick as running shoes and soles should be more flexible and bendable. A podiatrist can offer additional advice on specific features you should look for in either a running or walking shoe, based on your individual feet, your gait or running stride, and to help address any biomechanical, structural, or alignment issues you may have. 


 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Jordana Szpiro, DPM, FACFAS from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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

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Monday, 05 September 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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