September 2023

Foot Pain and the Elderly

Foot pain can be prevalent among older individuals, impacting approximately one in four seniors. It poses a significant threat to mobility and balance and is an independent contributor to the risk of falls. The management of foot pain is often overlooked in geriatric healthcare, resulting in unnecessary suffering and disability among older adults. Fortunately, conservative interventions such as routine foot care, proper footwear guidance, and the use of foot orthoses have proven effective in reducing foot pain and preserving mobility in older individuals. These interventions play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and independence of older adults who may otherwise endure chronic foot pain unnecessarily. If you are a senior or caring for one, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and advice on how to best protect aging feet.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Causes and Treatment of Foot Neuropathy

Neuropathy in the feet is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It refers to damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, leading to a range of distressing symptoms. These can include numbness, tingling, and burning sensations, in addition to sharp pains in the feet. The causes of neuropathy in the feet are diverse, with diabetes being a leading factor. Other potential triggers include alcohol abuse, certain medications, and infections. Additionally, autoimmune diseases and traumatic injuries can contribute to developing neuropathy. Early detection is important, as untreated neuropathy can lead to severe complications, such as foot ulcers. Effective treatment approaches depend on the underlying cause. Managing blood sugar levels and lifestyle modifications are essential for reducing the effects of diabetic neuropathy. Medication, such as pain relievers, may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. Early intervention and a comprehensive treatment plan can help manage neuropathy, improving the quality of life for those affected. If you are affected by foot neuropathy, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief and treatment options. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Causes of Seed Corns

Seed corns, those tiny yet painful annoyances on the feet, may sound inconsequential but can be quite uncomfortable. These small, hardened, and sometimes translucent bumps typically develop on the soles of the feet or in between the toes. They are a form of callus, but unlike the regular calluses that form due to friction or pressure, seed corns have a different origin. The causes of seed corns can vary. They often arise from dry skin, which is more prone to developing these small, central core calluses. Ill-fitting shoes that constantly rub against certain areas of the feet can also be a culprit. Additionally, foot deformities or gait abnormalities can increase pressure on specific spots, leading to seed corn formation. While seed corns may seem minor, they can be quite painful while walking. If you are dealing with these tiny irritations on your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can alleviate the discomfort and prevent them from returning, ensuring your feet remain healthy and pain-free.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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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.

Complications of Cracked Heels

Cracks in the heels occur due to damage to the skin's protective outer layer. This layer normally retains moisture in the skin through natural oils. However, when this barrier is compromised by things like ill-fitting shoes, harsh weather, or an inadequate diet, moisture escapes. Consequently, the skin becomes dry, brittle, and rigid. Over time, the pressure of one’s body weight causes the skin to split and bleed, resulting in varying sizes and depths of cracks. The discomfort associated with cracked heels stems from the exposure of sensitive lower skin layers, easily irritated by the environment, and prone to snagging on socks or clothing. While cracked heels are primarily a cosmetic concern, in severe cases, deep cracks that bleed can raise the risk of infection. This is particularly concerning for individuals with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, where severe skin damage or infection is a higher risk. To alleviate the pain of cracked heels, rehydration to restore the skin's protective barrier is key. Applying moisturizer daily and cushioning the feet with comfortable shoes and padded insoles can aid in the healing process. If you suffer from persistent or worsening cracked heels, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 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 Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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