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Sometimes, an individual’s feet may swell up in size and become filled with extra bodily fluids. There are many different reasons why an individual might experience increased foot swelling. For example, when an individual is pregnant, they may have foot swelling. Sometimes, certain things that cause swollen feet can also result in lower back pain. Importantly, the two are not always linked, but sometimes can be. Pregnancy is one such condition that can cause both lower back pain and foot swelling. It is well-known that pregnancy is associated with swollen feet due to increased fluid accumulation. Additionally, due to the extra strain linked with carrying a baby to term, pregnancy can also cause pain in the lower back area. Pregnancy, of course, is not the only thing on the list that can cause both feet swelling and lower back pain. In addition to pregnancy, arthritis, piriformis syndrome, and infection can also cause these two symptoms through inflammation. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information about the link between swollen feet and back pain.
Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:
- Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
- Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
- Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
- Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
- Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.
Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet.
Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.
Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.
Many elderly people who fall go to emergency departments as a result of serious injuries. These may include a broken foot, ankle, toe, or other types of foot condition. It is beneficial for older patients to have routine physical and eye examinations performed. This is helpful in monitoring existing medications and eyeglasses that may cause dizziness and imbalance, which can possibly lead to falling. Many elderly have family members or caregivers who can help to improve lighting in the living environment and remove worn rugs from the steps. Additionally, the elderly person may feel more secure when there are grab bars installed in the shower and toilet area. Wearing shoes that fit correctly is an effective fall prevention technique, and using a walker or can improve mobility. If you would like more information about how to protect elderly people from falling, a podiatrist can give you efficient procedures.
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 one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors 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.
Plantar fasciitis is an annoyingly painful condition where the plantar fascia running along the sole of the foot becomes inflamed or sustains microtears. Shock wave therapy uses pressurized air or electromagnetic pulses to deliver ultrasound energy to the feet. There are low and high-energy shock wave treatments. The low-energy treatments are given in a series of three or more sessions. These can be mildly painful if there is any pain at all. High-energy shock wave treatments are given in one session and can be quite painful, sometimes requiring anesthesia. Either treatment is thought to work by inducing microtrauma in the affected tissue. This initiates healing by causing blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area. New shockwave treatments are under continued development and reports differ on their success. If you are interested in finding out more about shockwave therapy for persistent plantar fasciitis, see a podiatrist who can help you determine if this is a treatment that may be right for you.
Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.
Who Benefits from Shockwave?
Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.
Fast and Easy
The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.
Treatment & Recovery Time
Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.
When a bumpy protrusion forms on the back of the heel, it is a sign that you may have a condition known as Haglund’s deformity. This condition is also less formally known as pump bump. Heredity is a known factor in causing Haglund’s deformity. People with high arches, those who walk on the outside of their foot, and those with tight Achilles tendons may be at higher risk of developing a pump bump. Another contributing factor is wearing dress shoes with rigid backs, which can lead to increased pressure on the enlarged bone and add to the pain. Symptoms of Haglund’s deformity include a bump on the heel bone, as well as redness, swelling, and pain where the heel and the Achilles tendon meet. If the pain of Haglund’s deformity becomes severe, it may be time to consult a podiatrist for a complete examination of the heel bone. This may include a variety of imaging tests and a gait assessment. Heel inserts, arch supports, or custom orthotics may be prescribed. In more severe cases, a walking boot, soft cast, or surgery may be an option. For more information, please consult a podiatrist.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.