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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

For seniors, falls can pose significant risks to health and independence, and can seriously impact the feet, necessitating the need to make fall prevention techniques in the home important. Start by ensuring adequate lighting throughout the house, especially in hallways, staircases, and bathrooms, to enhance visibility and reduce tripping hazards. Remove clutter and secure loose rugs or carpets to prevent slips and falls. Install grab bars in bathrooms and near toilets and showers to provide stability and support. Additionally, consider adding non-slip mats or adhesive strips to bathtub and shower floors. Keep commonly used items within easy reach to avoid overreaching or straining. Regular exercise to improve strength, balance, and flexibility can also reduce the risk of falls. Ensure that footwear fits well and provides proper support and traction. Regularly review medications with a healthcare provider to identify potential side effects that may increase fall risk. If falling has happened and foot conditions have arisen, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and additional prevention methods.

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 Ahmad Elsamad, DPM from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . 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 Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

If you have ever felt a stabbing pain in your heel, especially when you first step out of bed in the morning, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis. This condition, often referred to as painful heel syndrome or runner's heel, occurs when the plantar fascia, or tissue, that connects your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed or tight. This causes intense discomfort, especially after periods of rest. Although plantar fasciitis is considered a repetitive stress injury, not just athletes are at risk. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet or has recently changed their exercise routine may develop plantar fasciitis. The pain is typically gradual, worsening throughout the day, and affects your ability to walk. It may even radiate toward your toes. While weight gain and sudden increases in activity can contribute to plantar fasciitis, it is essential to consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment as other factors may be involved. A podiatrist is trained to assess this condition and recommend personalized treatment options, including stretching exercises, orthotic shoe inserts, or pain relief medication. Ignoring the symptoms of plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain or changes in your gait that may affect other parts of your body. For help in managing plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Ahmad Elsamad, DPM  from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . Our doctor 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 our offices located in Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

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, 28 May 2024 00:00

Skateboarding is an exhilarating activity that combines skill, balance, and adrenaline. However, it also comes with its fair share of risks, including the potential for ankle injuries. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle joint are overstretched or torn, often due to sudden twists or impacts. In skateboarding, these injuries commonly occur when riders land awkwardly after performing tricks or navigating uneven terrain. Factors such as inadequate footwear, lack of protective gear, and insufficient warm-up routines can further increase the risk of ankle sprains. While ankle sprains are typically mild to moderate injuries, they can still cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility, potentially sidelining skaters for weeks or even months. Proper prevention and management strategies, including supportive footwear, using ankle braces or tape, and practicing proper technique, are essential for reducing the risk of ankle sprains while enjoying the thrills of skateboarding. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer both a treatment plan and additional prevention strategies.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Ahmad Elsamad, DPM of The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . Our doctor 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 our offices located in Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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