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June 2023

Research has indicated that the number of people who are obese has doubled across the globe in the last forty years, and being overweight often affects foot health. This can be a result of the added weight the feet must support, and daily activities may be difficult to complete. Higher body mass index may lead to developing certain foot conditions that can include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and Achilles tendon injuries. Overweight people can walk slower and have shorter stride lengths. Stress may be increased on the soft tissues and joints, which may lead to developing overuse injuries. Additionally, the ankles may lose strength from carrying the extra weight. Flat feet may develop for the same reason, and this can be another reason to lose excess weight. As this is being accomplished, it may be easier to build strength in the intrinsic muscles that can help to stabilize the arches. If you are overweight and have foot problems, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition. 

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

How Aging Can Affect Your Feet

Anyone in their senior years is no stranger to pain, but changes in the feet are often ignored. One of the ways the feet can change with aging is a loss of natural cushioning, particularly in the heel pads. At the same time, as the skin in the feet gets thinner and loses elasticity, the risk of foot injuries increases. A common injury is plantar fasciitis, which is the direct result of loss of elasticity that can cause the arch to collapse. This places more pressure on the feet to absorb shock and weight, producing foot pain. Such an occurrence, in turn, can negatively affect the legs, knees, hips, and back. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and obesity are other causes of foot pain as a person ages. Becoming more sedentary only adds to the risk of pain in the feet. Experts believe that light stretching and strength exercises are a good way to stave off foot pain. Wearing more supportive shoes that have ample cushioning can make a difference. And in some cases, investing in a pair of custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, is a solution. For more information about dealing with foot pain as you age, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist.  

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. 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 offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Seed Corns on the Feet

Corns are thickened areas of skin that can develop on feet and toes. They are caused by prolonged pressure or friction and can happen from shoes that do not fit well, and performing repetitive activities. Additionally, foot conditions with deformities that press against shoes, such as bunions or hammertoe may cause corns to develop. A seed corn, or heloma millare, is one of three types of foot corns, and can also occur from having dry skin. They are small and can appear on the soles of the feet. It may be difficult to distinguish them from calluses or plantar warts, and a sample will have to be taken for examination under a microscope. Seed corns are hard, circular, and have well-defined spots on the skin and are generally seen in multiples. They seldom hurt unless pressure is applied to them or when performing weight-bearing activities. Tips to prevent seed corn formation include using a pumice stone to gently file thickened skin, followed by soaking and moisturizing the feet. It can also help to wear shoes and socks that are comfortable and do not rub on the feet. If you have seed corns that are not diminishing, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Glen Robison of AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Foot Injuries From Falling Down Stairs

Taking the stairs can be a hazard, especially for people who have greater mobility issues, such as seniors and young children. Common foot and ankle injuries from falling down a set of stairs include broken bones, cuts, and lacerations. Stair falls can happen from losing one’s footing or not paying attention. They can also occur if there is a maintenance issue with the stairs. Stair injuries can be prevented by installing banisters to hold onto, fixing loose or broken handrails or stairs, fixing carpeting that is not properly secured, and removing objects or wet conditions that may interfere with safely descending the steps. If you have fallen down a staircase and sustained an injury to your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to assess the severity of your injuries and obtain treatment.

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 Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. 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 Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 04 June 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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