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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 00:00

Ways to Avoid Falling at Home

Falling is one of the leading causes of injury among those older than 65. In fact, one out of every 4 seniors will fall each year. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple things that can be done in order to prevent falls in the home. One step that can be done is to keep the floors at home clutter-free in order to avoid tripping. Installing grab bars in the bathrooms and handrails around staircases can help provide stability and prevent falls. One of the most important things that can be done to avoid falling is to consult with a podiatrist about any falls that you may have experienced, or for more professional advice on fall prevention. A podiatrist will be able to help check your feet and give advice on proper footwear that should be worn as well as review any medications that may make you dizzy or lead to instability. 

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. Nate Hansen from Hansen Foot & Ankle. 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 office located in Mill Creek, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Plantar fasciitis is a very common source of heel pain. It occurs when the long, fibrous tissue running along the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) becomes stressed, torn, or otherwise damaged and inflamed. A podiatrist has many options in healing plantar fasciitis. Studies suggest that conservative measures such as foot orthoses and night splints can significantly improve the pain of plantar fasciitis. Foot orthoses can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis by cushioning and supporting the arch and heel pad. Night splints hold a gentle flexed stretch in the plantar fascia overnight which helps strengthen and lengthen the ligaments and tissue. If you have pain in your heel which is at its worst when you arise in the morning, call a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Nate Hansen  from Hansen Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:00

Skin Care For Cracked Heels

While cracked heels can be unsightly, they are not merely a cosmetic concern. In some cases, the cracks in the skin can become so deep that they cause pain, bleed, and become infected. To avoid this, it is important to moisturize your feet on a regular basis, especially if you notice dry skin. You may want to first soak your feet and gently buff away dry skin with a pumice stone. Then, apply a moisturizer and put on socks to help seal in the moisture. If home treatment doesn’t help reduce dryness and prevent painful cracks, then it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. You should also see a podiatrist for care if you are diabetic or have a compromised immune system, as these conditions can lead to serious foot complications. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Nate Hansen from Hansen Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Sunday, 10 October 2021 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Flip-flops are not the best type of footwear because they typically do not offer the support, structure, or cushioning your feet need. However, wearing them in places like public pools, locker rooms, and showers is a good way to protect your feet from infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus—provided the flip-flops are well-made and you wear them in moderation. The following tips will help you purchase flip-flops that are less harmful to your feet. Look for a contoured footbed that is anatomically shaped with great cushioning to help with shock absorption, plenty of support for the arch, and a heel cup. There are advanced construction and material features in better flip-flops that restrict your foot from rolling inwardly and flattening your arches (pronation)—which often occurs when wearing flip-flops. Also, a wider footbed will allow the toes to move. Outsoles should be slip-resistant and durable. Padding or lining on the thong provides additional comfort and prevents rubbing or chafing between the toes. A podiatrist can offer additional advice on choosing footwear that is appropriate for your type of foot.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Nate Hansen from Hansen Foot & Ankle. 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 Mill Creek, WA .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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