Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Flip-flops are a popular choice for casual footwear, especially as the weather warms up. However, their impact on foot health is a subject of ongoing debate. Typically, flip-flops offer minimal support to the arches of the feet, which can lead to problems such as plantar fasciitis or other forms of foot pain. The design of flip-flops forces the toes to grip the soles in order to keep the footwear in place while walking. This unnatural holding action can alter the way one walks, potentially causing long-term changes in foot structure and gait. The lack of cushioning and support also means that the feet are more vulnerable to injuries from stepping on sharp objects or from the stress of walking on hard surfaces. If you enjoy wearing flip-flops and are experiencing foot discomfort or changes in your walking pattern, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to determine the best footwear for your needs.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Katie Besselman, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. 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 Saint Peters, MO .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. This commonly causes pain, redness, and swelling. Effective management techniques include proper toenail trimming, such as cutting nails straight across without rounding the corners and wearing shoes that provide ample space for the toes. This is because excessive pressure on the nails is partly what leads to ingrown toenails. For recurring or severe cases, a podiatrist, or foot doctor, can offer professional treatments. One treatment includes lifting the nail edge and placing a small splint to allow the nail to grow above the skin level. In some instances, a minor surgical procedure might be necessary. In this case, a podiatrist removes part of the offending nail and may treat the nail bed to prevent the problematic portion of the nail from growing back. Podiatrists can also provide guidance on foot hygiene and footwear to prevent future ingrown toenails. Addressing ingrown toenails professionally helps both reduce pain and prevent infections. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for care.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Katie Besselman, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers are a common and serious complication of diabetes. Ulcers are open sores or wounds that typically appear on the bottom of the foot. They often start as small blisters or cuts but can evolve into deeper wounds due to poor circulation and nerve damage in the feet. This nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, is common in people with diabetes. Neuropathy diminishes the ability to feel pain, allowing injuries to go unnoticed and untreated. Poor blood circulation also reduces the ability of the body to heal, making even minor wounds potentially serious. A diabetic foot ulcer looks like a red crater in the skin, which may weep fluid. The area around the ulcer may be swollen, red, and warm to the touch. Prompt treatment is important to prevent infection and further serious complications, such as gangrene or amputation. Regular foot inspections, maintaining blood sugar levels, and appropriate footwear are key preventative measures for those with diabetes to minimize the risk of developing ulcers. If you have foot ulcers due to diabetes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for regular check-ups. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Katie Besselman, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. Luckily, there are various bunion treatment options available to alleviate symptoms and restore foot function. For mild to moderate cases, nonsurgical approaches include wearing wider shoes with supportive soles, using bunion shields and pads, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Night splints and toe separators may also help correct toe alignment and stretch tight soft tissues. Custom orthotics can address foot mechanics and prevent further progression of the deformity. When conservative measures fail to bring relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, aims to correct the misalignment of the big toe joint and remove bony growths. This type of surgery is not without risks and may not always be successful. Therefore, early recognition, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate treatment are a must. A podiatrist can help to develop a personalized treatment plan that is best tailored to your needs. If you are struggling with persistent bunion pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Katie Besselman, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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