Dark Chocolate May Alleviate Circulatory Problems

dark-chocolateScientists at Sapienza University have uncovered quite a delicious study. The university’s scientists discovered that the polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase the amount of blood flow. This increase in blood flow is beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Half of the study’s subjects were given 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half provided 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate by researchers. Researchers observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a set period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther and demonstrated improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact podiatrist Dr. Stephen Eichelsdorfer, D.P.M. of Town Center Foot and Ankle. Dr. Eichelsdorfer can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Kingwood, Atascocita, Livingston, and Cleveland, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Flip-Flops Can Cause Car Accidents

flip-flopsbeachDuring the summer, many people like to wear flip-flops due to the heat. However, these shoes are extremely dangerous to drive in. In fact, driving while wearing flip-flops could make you more likely of getting into car crashes.

Insurers and road safety experts claim that it is fairly common for flip-flops to get caught underneath the pedals, interfering with the driver’s braking ability. Wearing flip-flops also delays the time it takes for the driver to actually hit the brakes and to apply the necessary pressure for the pedal to move.

Flip flops are generally ill-advised for your feet. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your podiatric 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, 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 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 are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.

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Survey Shows Many Americans Overlook Podiatric Care

foot-and-ankle-injuriesThe American Podiatric Medical Association’s Today’s Podiatrist surveyed one thousand Americans. In an alarming number, 77% of the respondents claimed to have dealt with foot pain at least one point in their lives. However, only a third of those experiencing pain said they would consider seeing a podiatrist.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said Dr. Frank Spinosa, president of the APMA. Additionally, another statistic shows that about 83% of individuals dealing with chronic foot pain are restricted in the amount and types of physical activity they can do.

Podiatrists treat foot and ankle needs. If you need a podiatrist, see Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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How to Cure Foot Conditions in the Great Outdoors

corns-onthe-feetIf you develop a foot condition while you’re outside in the wilderness, you may be able to treat it by using remedies made from compounds commonly found in nature. Ingrown toenails can be cured by crushing and boiling a couple handfuls of acorns, then applying the solution to the affected area.

Corns on the feet can be tackled with a similar potion. However, in place of acorns, use the bark from a willow tree. Finally, for cuts and blisters you can grind up plantains and/or yarrow into a paste and apply it to the damaged skin, preferably with a bandage if one is available.

Fortunately, most people rarely have to resort to using tree bark and acorns to treat their podiatric conditions. If you have corns or any other type of foot or ankle complication, be sure to see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will prescribe an effective form of foot care that will make your calluses disappear in no time.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns


Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns.

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Lower Extremity Problems Common in Runners

runnersSince runners rely on their feet for their activity, it makes perfect sense that most running injuries occur in the lower extremities. Though there are a variety of different foot and ankle problems that can develop from running, some of the most common are metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Metatarsalgia is a painful inflammation of the balls of the feet that often comes from excessive running or jumping. Achilles tendonitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, a long fibrous tissue in the calf key to a runner’s locomotion. Last but not least, plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia in the feet becomes inflamed, making walking, running, and standing difficult.

Metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis are only a few examples of the podiatric injuries that can result from running improperly. For more information about running injuries, talk to podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can teach you how to make sure your using good running techniques so that you don’t end up with a painful foot or ankle complication.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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