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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

With age, the risk of falling becomes a significant concern for many seniors. Studies show that foot pain and foot posture have emerged as potential contributors to falling among the elderly. It is believed that seniors experiencing severe foot pain, along with those having flat feet, are more prone to recurrent falls. While not every fall can be attributed to foot issues, multiple falls often correlate with foot pain and posture problems. These factors increase the risk of serious consequences, such as hospitalization and loss of independence. A significant percentage of individuals over 65 experience at least one fall a year, and this number rises even higher for those aged 75 and older. By tackling foot pain and posture issues, seniors may help to reduce the occurrence of falls and enhance their overall quality. If you are grappling with foot pain or concerned about foot posture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address these problems and reduce the risk of falls.

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 Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can significantly impact your quality of life by reducing blood flow to your legs and feet. Podiatrists play an important role in detecting and managing PAD through various non-invasive tests. Included are checking the pulse in your feet, using a handheld device to listen to the blood flow, and measuring blood pressure in your ankles and toes. Regular vascular assessments are essential, as early detection of PAD can prevent serious complications like sores or infections that heal poorly. If you experience leg pain while walking, numbness, or slow-healing wounds on your feet, it is important to visit a podiatrist because these symptoms are indicators of peripheral artery disease. A podiatrist can conduct these simple yet effective tests to determine if PAD is affecting you and recommend appropriate treatments or lifestyle changes. Ensuring that your podiatrist performs comprehensive vascular assessments can make a significant difference in managing your condition and improving your overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for testing and suggested treatment options.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Friday, 31 May 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Foot injuries are a common occurrence in fitness facilities, often the result of crush injuries from free weights, falls, or awkward landings during exercise classes. These injuries can range from minor sprains to more severe fractures, impacting one's ability to maintain an active lifestyle. Prevention techniques play a critical role in reducing the risk of foot injuries. Properly warming up and stretching before exercise sessions can enhance flexibility and prevent strains. Wearing appropriate footwear with adequate support and cushioning is essential to absorb shock and protect the feet from impact. Additionally, maintaining good form and technique during exercises can help minimize the risk of falls and accidents. If you have sustained a foot injury while working out at a fitness center, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment. This will help with a speedy recovery and encourage you to return safely to your fitness routine.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Gary Cesar of Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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