Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Corns are thickened areas of skin that can occur on the feet due to friction or pressure. They develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them. They are commonly seen on the tops and sides of the toes and the balls of the feet. Corns can be hard and dry or soft and mushy. Corns can be caused by arthritis or poorly fitting shoes. Home treatment of corns usually consists of soaking the affected foot in warm water until the skin softens, and then gently filing the corn down with a pumice stone. One needs to use care when with this process and be sure to not press too hard to avoid bleeding and possible infection. Adding a donut-shaped adhesive pad around the corn can help the corn from touching the inside of the shoe. Routine foot care, including moisturizing the feet and keeping the toenails trimmed properly, are good preventative measures. If you are not sure why you have developed a corn, it becomes painful, or is not healing properly, see a podiatrist for treatment.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Anytime a senior suffers from a fall or a tumble of some sort, the senior might be susceptible to enduring a serious injury. Oftentimes, falls can result from the wearing of improper footwear. Therefore, if a senior wants to take steps to prevent falls from occurring in the future, they might consider selecting better shoes. For example, if a pair of shoes have a heel that is low and broad, this is typically better than shoes with high, narrow heels. The reason is that low, wide heels can offer a senior more stability, ultimately reducing the risk of falling. Additionally, seniors might consider wearing shoes that have tools to keep the shoe on the foot, such as buckles, laces, or velcro. When a shoe does not have any of these features, there can be a poor fixation, making a fall more likely. If you are a senior, don’t take chances with your health or the health of your feet. See a podiatrist today for more information.


 

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 Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Running can be one of the most exhilarating and rewarding ways for some people to get in their daily dose of exercise. However, there are many things an individual may do before, during, and after running that can increase their risk of developing some kind of running injury. One important example is when an individual does not know when to replace their shoes. For example, sometimes the heel of a running shoe will become so worn down that it no longer provides support to the heel of the foot. The heel of the shoe can become worn down for many reasons. One habit that may be damaging the heels of your shoes is failing to lace and unlace the shoes when taking them on and off. By “toeing off” the shoes, you can negatively impact the heel. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about how to protect the heel of your shoes. 


 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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Sunday, 13 November 2022 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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