Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Research has shown that elderly people may be at risk for falling. This can be a result of existing medical conditions, and the body may become weak from the aging process. There are things that can be done which may help to reduce falling episodes. The home may need to be rearranged, which can include removing worn rugs and clutter from the living area and installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area. Additionally, it is beneficial to purchase a bed that is low enough for the feet to touch the floor while sitting on the edge. Performing a routine exercise program can help to strengthen the overall body, possibly reducing the number of falls. Falling may cause the patient to break a foot or a toe, which may lead to the inability to complete daily tasks. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet and how to implement additional prevention methods, 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 one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors 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 West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Wearing shoes that are too small can cause serious health problems. As one ages, the arch of the foot falls and feet flatten and spread. This often requires wider and maybe longer shoes. If the edges of the shoes can be felt with the toes, the shoes are probably too tight. There should be plenty of room for the toes to move freely inside the shoes. Shoes should be purchased near the end of the day as the feet tend to swell as the day goes on. If shoes rub or pinch any part of the foot, they are likely too small as well. Most people do not really know their accurate shoe size as they do not often have their feet measured and different brands and models of shoes differ in size. Make sure to have a professional measure your feet and provide options if your feet are different sizes. It is recommended that the shoe size fit the longer foot. If you want to make sure you are wearing shoes that fit well and are best for your feet, consult with a podiatrist who is an expert in everything related to feet and ankles.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

It is beneficial to decide which type of running is desired before choosing the right running shoe. An important factor to look for is comfort and it is helpful to try the shoes on to find the most fitting pair. Various running styles can range from sprints to longer runs, in addition to types of running consisting of treadmill or street running. Shoes that have extra cushioning may be adequate for easier running and may not be suitable for sprints because of how heavy they can be. People who enjoy trail running may choose shoes that have soles with extra tread, as compared to flatter soles that are found on road shoes. When running is done on hard surfaces, it may add strain to the ankles. For this reason, shoes that have additional support features might be the better choice and may help to prevent injury too. If you are considering purchasing running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist who can successfully guide you in choosing the right running shoe.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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