Posts for: May, 2014

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) announced recently the results of its Today’s Podiatrist survey, which measures the public's attitudes toward foot health. Research based on 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, found that Americans have experienced some kind of foot pain (77 per cent), but only a third of those would actually seek podiatric care.

Foot pain is said to have a substantial impact on the quality of life, restricting day-to day activities such as running, walking, exercising, working or playing with grandchildren, "It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

It is important for all people to see a podiatrist. If you need foot or ankle care, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will treat your podiatric needs.

 

What is a Podiatrist?

The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Someone would seek care in the field of podiatry when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about What Is a Podiatrist


 

A new device may allow Diabetic patients  to check for nerve damage on their feet via detecting sweat. A stick-on pad color changes from blue to pink when the feet are in good health. However, the color does not change if there are any potential nerve complications, according to Roger Dobson of DailyMail.  

A new study at the Oxford University examined the results of about 3,000 subjects, finding the device to be 86 percent accurate according to DailyMail. “This is an exciting innovation. In association with a yearly foot screen and referral to the podiatry services, this will reduce the risk of amputations, said Stella Vig, chair of the Lond Diabetic Foot Network. “At present, up to 50 per cent of amputations may be preventable - no patient should ignore their feet.”

It is important for Diabetics to receive proper foot care for their needs. If you have diabetes, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will treat your podiatric concerns.

 

 

 

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care


As a boy, William Van Marel, Jr. learned to create traditional Dutch wooden shoes known as klompen from shoemaker Wilhelm Jansen.  Jansen produced and distributed klompen throughout the U.S. during his years in the U.S. Jansen was not only adept at creating the shoes, but fine tuning them to his customers’ needs as well.

Although Jansen is no longer here, Van Marel continues to keep the tradition alive, creating klompen for display purposes. Van Marel displays his works at the Tulip Festival, an annual celebration of the onset of spring and of Dutch heritage.

Proper foot support is important for all people. If you have podiatric concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will care for your foot and ankle needs.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

For more information about the Importance of Proper Foot Support, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Proper Foot Support


Unlike many women her age, Maedhbh Cleary does not have wear high-heels or even lighter clothes. The Ireland native struggles with Raynaud’s Disease. Raynaud’s Disease is a circulatory condition that affects the body’s extremities. This includes deformities and tears on the body’s vital organs, according to Independent.ie.

"I have to wear really warm clothes and I cannot wear high heeled shoes because it puts pressure on my toes and they'll go numb and this will affect my balance,” Cleary said as she spoke about her condition.  Raynaud’s can cause  color changes in the skin ranging from white to blue and red. One in fifteen men in Ireland suffer from this condition.

High heels may be popular, but they can also cause pain. If you are experiencing pain from wearing heels, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about the Effects of High Heels on the Feet




Contact Us

New England & Ankle Specialists

(781) 944-4044
30 New Crossing Road Suite 311 Reading, MA 01876