Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Guide to Running During Pregnancy

In the past, it was often believed that pregnancy meant complete bed rest, but times have changed. Medical advice now emphasizes the importance of staying active during pregnancy. This shift has led many expectant mothers to wonder if it is safe to continue running while pregnant. The short answer is yes, you can continue running during pregnancy, but it comes with some considerations. If you were an avid runner, you may be able to continue with certain modifications. However, as your due date approaches, transitioning to lower-impact activities like walking or swimming is thought to be a wiser choice. Running offers numerous benefits during pregnancy, such as reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, maintaining a healthy body weight, and improving overall well-being. However, if you experience dizziness, vaginal bleeding, breathing difficulties, or foot and ankle pain, stop running immediately and seek medical attention. While running during pregnancy can be safe and beneficial, it requires careful consideration and consultation with your medical team. If you experience foot pain after running during pregnancy, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Treatment for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot condition characterized by the splitting of dry, thick skin on the heels. When only the outer layer of skin is affected, it may not be painful but can be uncomfortable. In more severe cases, the cracks can extend into the healthy skin, causing pain, bleeding, and infection risk. Several factors contribute to cracked heels, including prolonged standing, wearing unsupportive footwear, and biomechanical issues. Additionally, taking hot showers, increase in weight, and medical conditions such as diabetes may contribute to developing cracked heels. They are often more prevalent in the summer due to wearing open-back shoes and warm weather. Symptoms of cracked heels often include discomfort, pain while standing, itchiness, and dry, white skin on the heels. Treatment involves removing the dry skin, addressing underlying problems or infections, and preventing recurrence. Prevention strategies include regular callus removal, daily moisturizing, and wearing appropriate footwear. If you are suffering from cracked heels and they are not responding to everyday foot care, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a specialized treatment plan.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Managing a Broken Toe That Will Not Heal

A broken toe is a common injury, and can cause difficulty if it does not heal. Several factors can contribute to a broken toe that doesn’t mend as expected. Misdiagnosis can sometimes occur, where a toe injury may be more severe than initially believed. This may lead to a delayed diagnosis or inadequate treatment. Additionally, tiny hairline fractures, known as stress fractures, can be challenging to detect, and may not heal properly if not identified. Poor immobilization, with inadequately fitted splints or casts, can hinder the healing process. Medical conditions, such as diabetes or vascular disease, can slow down the healing process. Also, continuous stress on the broken toe, such as excessive walking or standing, can impede proper healing. Lastly, untreated or undetected infections in or around the broken toe can further obstruct the healing process. If you are dealing with a broken toe that does not seem to be healing, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist promptly. This medically trained foot doctor can identify the underlying cause and recommend a treatment plan appropriate to the cause.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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