Plantar Fasciitis Affects World Politician

 President Barack Obama is on his feet all the time as a result of his full-time job. Although Obama is known for being quite healthy, the American president has struggled with pain in his right foot. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, Obama’s personal physician, states that Obama’s symptoms are consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

Chronic plantar fasciitis is common among middle aged people for many reasons, overworked feet being one of them. At 52 and being full-time American president, such symptoms come as no surprise for our president. Fortunately, Obama is up to the task and continues to maintain an active lifestyle.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful. If you have heel pain, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment
According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

 

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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Normal Life is possible for Chinese Waitress born with Backwards Feet

Wang Fang of Chongqing, China was born with a rare disorder that caused her feet to face backwards. Despite this condition, Fang continues to push forward with her life. Doctors had originally feared that her condition would prevent her from walking. Fang has overcome that fear, however, and is able to walk like everyone else. She even works on her feet regularly. “I can run faster than most of my friends and have a regular job as a waitress in the family restaurant. There is no reason to class me as disabled,” she stated. “I can walk as well as anyone else and even run faster than them. I’m like everyone else—except of course that I put my shoes on backwards.”

If you already have an existing foot condition, working on your feet may be troublesome. If you work on your feet and are experiencing problems, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere.

Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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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Managing Odor in Kids Feet

Parents who have to deal their kids having foul foot odor in their kids’ feet can address this problem in several ways. Using antibacterial soap to clean your children’s feet can address bacteria, which is a common cause of odor. Be sure for your kids to alternate shoes and wear fresh socks daily as this can also help remove the presence of unpleasant smells in those feet.

Sweat is another main cause of foot odor. Make sure the shoes are washed and cleaned regularly, and double check shoe sizes to be sure that they are not too fight on your children’s feet. If smells continue to be stubborn, consider using a topical antiperspirant. Visit a doctor for prescription treatment if all other methods prove unsuccessful. 

Optimal foot health can be maintained throughout childhood as long as your children’s feet are kept clean. For more information about children’s foot care, speak to podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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Designer Shoes Responsible for Blisters in Flight Attendants

Famous designer Vivienne Westwood was chosen by the airline company Virgin Atlantic to design uniforms for their flight attendants. Unfortunately for 7,500 Virgin crew members, Westwood’s shoes are causing painful blisters on their feet.


Part of Virgin Atlantic’s uniform is an adaptation of the designer’s signature hourglass heel. In a global wearer trial of the uniform, no negative feedback was reported. Nonetheless, in response to the reports a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson stated that the airline would ensure that their employees remain “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”
Long hours on your feet, either standing or walking, can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.


Foot Blisters
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.


How do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.


Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.


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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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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