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Be well, Dr. Thomas Silver

Golden Valley, MN (763) 231-2341

March 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

Flip Flops and How They Affect the Feet

Many people enjoy the ease of wearing flip flops. They have become a popular shoe to wear in the warmer months, and are available in bright colors. As attractive as they may seem to frequently wear, research has indicated there may be injuries that can happen to the feet due to their use. The feet may become tired and achy as a result of the toes grasping the shoe so it can remain on the foot.  Many flip flops are designed without having a built in arch, which may cause the feet to roll inward. It can be beneficial to choose flip flops that have a strap in the back, in addition to wearing more supportive shoes every other day. If you would like additional information about how flip flops may affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Where Is The Tarsal Tunnel?

There is a portion of the foot that contains a narrow space which is located on the inside of the ankle. This is referred to as the tarsal tunnel. If this area becomes inflamed as a result of an injury, tarsal tunnel syndrome may develop. The symptoms that are often associated with this condition can include swelling, pain and discomfort surrounding the ankles, and patients may feel a tingling or burning sensation. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is taped, as this may help to keep it from moving. Additionally, wearing orthotic inserts may provide adequate cushioning as the healing process occurs. If you feel you have developed this condition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

Possible Foot Conditions From Pregnancy

Research has indicated that more than half of pregnant women experience uncomfortable foot conditions as it gets closer to delivering their child. A common ailment that is experienced can include flat feet, or collapsed arches, which can be a result of the additional weight the feet endure. Heel pain may come from plantar fasciitis which can happen when the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Hormonal changes may cause the condition that is known as cracked heels to develop, and relief may be found when a good moisturizer is frequently applied. If you would like additional information about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 our office located in Golden Valley, MN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:00

Before you start dancing...

 

It’s commonly known that it is best to stretch before partaking in any physical activity, especially when it comes to running. Certain stretches can be particularly helpful in strengthening the legs and feet, making your running experience more enjoyable, as well as helping to alleviate soreness once a run has been completed. When the foot is properly stretched, runners are able to build strength in their feet, and improve their mobility and elasticity of the foot, which in turn gives them a better chance at avoiding injury, such as rolling the ankle. The feet are often referred to as the foundation of the body, so the more stable they are, the more stable athletes can be while running. One stretch you can practice is referred to as the bear squat. Begin by kneeling on the floor with your toe curled under and sit back on your heels. Rock side by side while in this position to help stretch the foot, calf muscles, and tendons. Another useful stretch focuses mainly on the big toe, and is referred to as a toe lift. To begin, spread your toes and feet out on a flat surface. Keeping all other toes down, start to lift the big toe, holding for 2 seconds, and repeating this lifting motion 20 times. For more tips on how to best stretch and prepare your feet for a run, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice and care.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Blisters may be characterized as fluid-filled sacs that form due to friction between the foot and tightly worn socks or shoes. Some blisters may also form due to a burn or injury. To help prevent a blister from developing, it is recommended that your footwear is neither too big nor too small, as that may increase rubbing between your foot and shoe. For runners especially, it is important that you change your running shoes about every 6 months to ensure a proper fit. Some patients have found keeping their feet dry by using a foot powder has been effective in preventing blisters as well. For extra support, you may want to try doubling your socks, or taping areas that are more susceptible to getting blisters, such as the back of the heel or your toes. For more advice on the treatment and prevention of blisters it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist for professional care.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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