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April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Walking as Exercise During Pregnancy

Walking is one of the best ways to stay active during pregnancy. It is low impact, so it doesn’t endanger your knees and ankles, plus it’s good for the heart and lungs. It also can be a way to meet up with friends and share the experience. Anyone who has been inactive prior to pregnancy should check with a medical professional before introducing a walking program. In the beginning, it is recommended that you start with 15 minutes, 3 times a week. This can be increased over time to 30 minutes, 4 or more times a week. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes that have adequate support and cushioning. As you walk, place your heel on the ground and roll onto your toes, rather than placing a flat foot on the ground. During the second trimester, as the baby grows, pay special attention to your posture when walking. Keep your back straight and your eyes forward and swing your arms to help with balance. Your hips and ankles may become more stressed, especially as your center of gravity changes. By the third trimester, avoid steep hills or uneven pathways that may affect your balance, and be sure to walk with a buddy. If at any time you experience unusual foot or ankle pain or swelling, it is a good idea to consult with a podiatrist for an examination as soon as possible. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are experiencing pain on the bottom of your heel, there is a good chance that you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a connective tissue that links the heel with the toes. Because the plantar fascia is located on the sole of the feet, it helps absorb the body’s weight, and can become overly stressed during walking, running, and jumping movements. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and can make it difficult to walk. Common risk factors for plantar fasciitis include making certain repetitive movements (as in running) obesity, sudden weight gain (as in pregnancy), or by having flat feet or high arches or a tightened Achilles tendon. If you believe you have plantar fasciitis, make an appointment with a podiatrist to be properly diagnosed and to receive prompt and proper treatment.


 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 17 April 2022 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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

Aftereffects of a Sprained Ankle

Sometimes after a sprained ankle begins to heal, the ankle joint may still hurt and become swollen. It also may click or lock and become stiff. The pain worsens when bearing weight. The cause may be an overlooked fracture of the cartilage that sits just under the lower leg bone (tibia) and the top ankle bone (talus). The fancy name for this condition is osteochondral lesions of the talus, and another bone scan or MRI may be necessary to properly diagnose it. The injury is likely to occur when the tibia lands directly on the talus, thereby compressing the cartilage in between the two bones. In some cases a bit of cartilage breaks off but remains in place. There are five levels of severity and treatment, ranging from non-surgical methods to arthroscopic surgery. If left untreated, osteochondral lesions of the talus may cause chronic pain and swelling, limit joint motion, or result in bone damage. If such ankle problems continue following a sprain, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist for in-depth investigation and diagnosis of the injured site.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Women’s Foot Care

April is Foot Health Month! To honor the importance of good foot health and prepare for the warmer months and more attractive sandal-wearing, we can give our feet the proper time and attention they deserve for all they do for us. Because of all we subject our feet to, they are the part of the body that is most apt to sustain injury. Proper foot care is simple if tended to regularly. The things to do to care for your feet are routinely washing them and making sure to dry them completely, moisturizing the feet to prevent dry, cracked skin, avoiding lotion in between the toes, ensuring the proper fitting of shoes, choosing supportive shoes and socks that are not tight or irritating to feet, alternating the shoes you wear daily and changing up heel heights, wearing clean socks each day that socks are worn, and not going barefoot for extended time periods. Women who are pregnant, older, or have health conditions, like diabetes or poor circulation, need to pay additional attention to specific things related to their feet. For example, pregnant and elderly women need to wear shoes that have better shock absorbency, and women with diabetes need to check their feet regularly to make sure nothing unusual is going on that they may not feel. If getting pedicures in a salon is something that you do, make sure the tubs and instruments used are well sanitized. Most of these suggestions (other than pregnancy-related foot care) apply to men and women alike. Consulting with a podiatrist as part of your regular health care is a good practice to make sure these vital parts of the body are well maintained and painful foot problems, even disability, are prevented.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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