Posts for: January, 2015
Are your feet cold and clammy? Do they seem to swell in the summer? You could be suffering from acrocyanosis. Much like Raynaud’s phenomenon, acrocyanosis affects the hands and feet. Acrocyanosis is a condition where the hands and feet are continuously cold, clammy, and sweaty. While it is often harmless, it can be painful, uncomfortable and overall embarrassing.
There are no standards for treatment, however there are certain things you can do that have been shown to help those with this condition. One would be to make sure you wear proper footwear and socks. Make sure to keep your feet warm in the winter and allow for them to breathe and be cool in the summer. The biggest problem for people with acrocyanosis and the one that usually causes the condition to become painful is weight gain. Weight gain doesn’t allow for proper blood flow to feet and for someone with this condition, it can cause a lot of pain. If you feel that you or someone you know is suffering from this condition, come in and have our doctors take a look. Orthotics or another course of treatment might be just the answer you are looking for.
Everyone has experienced a slip, trip or fall. It happens in the blink of an eye. Fall injuries are the second leading cause of accidental death each year. The injuries they cause are the leading cause for missed work days. While we all know the pain of a twisted ankle or bruised tailbone, the real question is, how can we prevent these injuries from happening? While falls can be painful and the healing process time consuming, under the right circumstances, they can also be deadly. To those who are elderly or have a weakened or slow healing time, a slip, trip or fall could result in hospital time rather than an ice pack.
So the question then becomes how to prevent these accidents from happening in the first place. The first step is to always pay attention to where you are stepping or were you will be walking. Know the route you will be taking and make sure that the path is clear. Electrical wire, uneven flooring or wet, oily spots can all cause a slip, trip or fall. Of course, wearing the proper shoe is a big part of protecting yourself. Most shoes that you can buy to do not have a durable, long lasting tread. Once the tread wears down, becoming smooth, walking on any type of surface can become dangerous. The easiest way to keep yourself safe is to start with a good pair of reliable shoes.
If you or someone you know if prone to slips, trips, or falls, come in and take a look at our shoe selection. All the shoes we sell are reliable, with durable tread and can help prevent fall related injuries. Call today for an appointment or stop by anytime Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
If your index toe is longer than your big toe, then you, like 10% of the population have what is called Morton’s toe. Morton’s toe is named after orthopedic surgeon and author Dudley Morton. Between the 1920’s and 1950’s Dr. Morton researched and wrote several articles about the ‘deformity’ he kept seeing. Morton’s toe is genetic and has been linked to several other health problems. Some of those problems include: back pain, neck pain, instability walking, arthritis, knee pain and fibromyalgia. Morton’s Toe causes hyper mobility of the first metatarsal and big toe. This leads to a lack of stability for the entirety of the foot.
If you are afflicted by Morton’s toe and suffer from one or more of these health problems, don’t fret! Most can be helped or alleviated completely through orthotics or pads placed in the shoes. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from health issues related to Morton’s toe, come in and let our doctor’s take a look. Orthotics or shoe pads maybe the answer you’ve been looking for!