Study Shows There Are Higher Injury Incidents in Overweight Children

A study that was held in Denmark discovered that overweight children are more likely to suffer a foot, ankle, or leg injury during physical activity. The researchers learned this through studying 632 overweight children who attended physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.

The entire group of children experienced a total 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” while that rate was only 4.4 per 1000 for children at healthier weights. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.

As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Increase of Gout in Britain blamed on Poverty

The rise of diseases such as gout, which existed mainly during the Victorian age, has been linked to increasing food poverty in Britain by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH). The FPH primarily places the cause on a combination of poor wage growth and increased food prices. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food,” stated John Middleton of the FPH. “It is a condition we believed should have died out.” Britain’s poverty has been a topic of great concern since the global financial crisis. Since the year 2008, wages in the country have been consistently beneath the rate of inflation. Caused by obesity and a diet heavy in chemical compounds called purines, found in foods like sardine and liver, Gout is a type of arthritis.

 

Lifestyle and diet decisions can greatly affect the prevalence of a disease such as gout, which is directly affected by the foods one eats. For more information about the type of diet to maintain to avoid gout, speak to Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the information you seek.

 

What is gout?

 

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

 

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

 

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Methods to treat Ingrown Toenails

Several methods revealed by Margaret Abbott, a general practitioner (GP) at the Windmill Practice in Sneinton and the GP lead at NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, show how those suffering with ingrown toenails can ease pain, infection, and swelling. An ingrown toenail is characterized by the growth of the sides of a toenail into the surrounding skin, piercing it and causing it to become swollen and tender. The affected foot can be soaked in warm water several times a day to help clear the infection and loosen the skin. This will force the infection to grow out. Olive oil can be used to push the skin away while furthering softening it. Home remedies such as tea tree oil or a vapor rub can be used, while an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen can help ease pain and reduce inflammation.


Surgery may be required for ingrown toenail treatment if other methods prove unsuccessful. To learn more about other ingrown toenail treatments, consult with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.


Treatment
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up


If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Colin Kaepernick played through Foot Injury in 2013

Last season, Colin Kaepernick’s foot injury had landed him a place on the 49ers’ injury report. The athlete always played through the injury, however, and at the time had joked it was a hangnail and nothing to worry about. Now Kaepernick comments that it was otherwise—a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot.

 The injuries, apparently acquired during a Week Two game against the Seahawks, slowed him down for most of the rest of the season. “It was something that was always there,” he said. “Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you’re a football player; you play through pain … If it’s something you can play through, that’s what you do.”

Playing sports with foot or ankle injuries can sometimes be safe, but it shouldn’t be done without a doctor’s approval. If you are injured, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports With Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it’s important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Nature Enthusiast Believes in Proper Outdoor Footwear

Co-owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors Kate Behney has spent most of her life among nature and hiking the mountains in the Beacon area. Because of her experiences living her passion, she knows how important it is to have proper footwear. Behney says "if you don't have the right shoes on, you could be cold, you could be slipping. Your feet could get wet."

She now helps people get the most of their nature experience by helping them select the proper footwear. Behney adds "with an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one."

No matter what kind of activity you’re doing, you should always take care to make sure your shoes fit right. To learn more about proper shoe fitting, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will teach you about the problems that can be caused by wearing shoes that are too small or too big and answer all your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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