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December 2019

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Who Develops Blisters?

Blisters on the feet typically occur among athletes, hikers, and those in the military. They form due to a constant or repetitive friction placed on the skin of the feet. A common location for blisters to form is on the sides of the toes. Blisters can be incredibly painful and can lead to more foot complications if not dealt with promptly and treated effectively. If you are an athlete, hiker, or member of the military, it is suggested you look into foot inserts or specific types of socks made to help decrease the amount of friction during activity to help better prevent the development of a blister. Some patients have found relief by applying petroleum jelly or skin powders to the affected area. For more information on blisters and how to best treat them, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for professional care and advice.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear of Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Research has shown that it is common for elderly people to suffer from foot pain. It may range from general aches and pains to sudden foot conditions. This may cause difficulty in accomplishing everyday activities. Many diabetic patients understand the importance of checking their feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, or bruises that may be present. This is crucial in possibly avoiding painful foot infections, which may lead to foot ulcers. Caretakers of seniors find it helpful to trim the toenails correctly in addition to confirming socks and shoes fit properly. The feet may feel better when they are moisturized frequently to help prevent cracked heels from developing. It is also beneficial for seniors to perform gentle foot stretches, which may help to loosen any tight muscles. If you are interested in how to care for elderly feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Falling is a common cause of complications with the feet for elderly individuals, which is why one should pay particular attention to its prevention. There are many different steps you can take to better prepare yourself for avoiding falls in the future. Staying active and practicing a light exercise routine can help prevent falls by building your strength, flexibility, and coordination. Looking into shoes with nonskid soles is another way of preventing falls by providing extra support for your feet. Another way to ensure your safety is to remove any hazards around the house that may get in your way, such as electrical cords or loose floor boards. Keeping your home well lit is another great tip for preventing falls, as it makes it easier to see any possible obstacles. Many patients have also found assistive devices such as walkers, handrails, and grab bars useful for preventing falls. If you would like further information about how you can better prevent falls, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you more helpful tips.

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. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00

Contagious Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is typically caused by a nail infection. The medical term for this type of fungus is known as onychomycosis. Common symptoms can include thicker nails, nail discoloration, and in severe cases, the nail may split. Patients may notice pain when the affected nail is pressing against the inside of the shoe. The fungus that causes this type of infection thrives in warm and moist environments that can include shower and locker room floors, and public pools. It may help to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, and this may be beneficial in preventing this infection. People who are diabetic, obese, or have a family history of toenail fungus may be more susceptible to developing toenail fungus. If you notice symptoms of this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment options. 

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear of Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 00:00

Are You Suffering from Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to greater issues. Give us a call, and get treated!

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 00:00

Wearing Flip Flops May Negatively Affect The Feet

Research has indicated that frequently wearing flip flops may cause unpleasant foot conditions to gradually develop. These can include heel and ankle pain, in addition to increasing the likelihood of stubbing your toe, which may lead to a broken toe. The average flip flop has minimal support for the overall foot. This includes little cushioning in the heel and arch area, which can contribute to a lack of shock absorption. The toes may undergo stress as they attempt to keep the shoe on the foot, as a result of excessive gripping. People who wear this type of shoe often take shorter steps, which may alter their style of walking. Painful conditions such as heel spurs and plantar fasciitis may develop as a result of wearing flip flops. Additional information is available from a podiatrist about the harmful effects wearing flip flops could have on the feet.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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