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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

As the feet age, they begin to flatten and widen, and the fatty padding begins to wear away. Overall function of the feet can be affected by something as small as a blister, and more severe injuries can lead to a variety of health conditions. One of the first steps to maintain healthy feet is keeping the feet clean and moisturized. Clean feet are critical in preventing fungal infections, and moisturizing helps prevent the skin from cracking and forming wounds. Proper nail trimming helps to prevent ingrown toenails and keeps the nails from overgrowing and interfering while walking. Make sure to wear properly fitting shoes in order to keep foot ailments like blisters to a minimum. Lastly, when necessary, make sure to visit a podiatrist when needed. A podiatrist can address serious situations such as pain, poor circulation, infections and other foot ailments. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. 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 one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

For most people, strengthening the feet and ankles is usually an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be! The feet and ankles support the rest of the body, so it is important to keep them strong, flexible, and mobile, especially if you are a runner. One way to maintain the health of your feet and ankles is by stretching them regularly. The big toe extension lunge can help stretch the big toe and the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. Stand inside a door frame and place your big toe against the wall, pointing upward towards the hips. Lunge forward so that your knee goes on one side of the door frame. You should feel a nice stretch under your big toe. For more information about the different stretches you can do to strengthen your feet, talk to a podiatrist today.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. The uric acid can crystallize and deposit itself in the joints of your feet and ankles, causing pain and swelling in the joint. While anyone can suffer from a gout attack, some people can be more at risk than others. Middle-aged men and postmenopausal women are more likely to get gout, as are people who have family members with gout, as some people are genetically predisposed to this condition. Your diet may increase your chances of developing gout as well. Food that is rich in purines, such as red meat, organ meet, and certain fish can all raise uric acid levels in the bloodstream. Various medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of gout, including high blood pressure, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. If you suspect that you have gout, please consult with a podiatrist for treatment.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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