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Researchers have recently examined data and found that elderly persons who engaged in exercise programs were 49 percent less likely to have an injury caused by a fall. In addition to this impressive result, those who partook in exercise programs and vision exams had 83 percent lower odds of an injury resulting from a fall. Those who took vitamin supplements and had geriatric assessments in addition to exercise programs and vision exams had 88 percent lower odds. This data helps to show that not only did these steps help prevent falls, they also reduced the impact of an injury from a fall.

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 Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor 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.  

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

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Preventing Running Injuries in the Fall

Autumn is a lovely time of the year but can present some difficulties for runners. While generally not a dangerous time to run, there are some tips one should consider to help prevent running injuries in the fall. Avoid ground that is covered in leaves. This is important, as leaves can be wet and make slips more likely. Furthermore, leaves can also cover up holes in the ground, mud, or other obstacles that can cause you to fall or hurt your foot or ankle. Another tip is to wear brighter or more contrasting colors if you run alongside a road or woodlands. This will keep you visible to drivers. Regardless of whenever or wherever you run, staying alert of your surroundings and following some basic safety tips can monumentally help prevent any running injuries.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

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.

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

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Barefoot running has increased in popularity in recent years, and some experts believe it’s the way we should run. Dr. Irene Davis, a professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School says that humans have evolved to run barefoot. The Raramuri people of northwest Mexico are famous for running barefoot for long distances. However, barefoot running does have its downsides and isn’t for everyone. Dr. Davis believes that running barefoot may prevent running injuries. Barefoot runners tend to land on the balls of their feet when they run, which causes less stress and impact on the foot. Running barefoot may also allow the runner to get a better feel for the surface and cause the foot to move more naturally. Another reported advantage of running barefoot is that foot muscles may become stronger and more durable. Finally, running barefoot forces us to be more observant to the surface we are running on and avoid small obstacles. If barefoot running sounds interesting, be sure to first ask a podiatrist if it is right for you.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved, and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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

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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00

Causes of Sesamoiditis

The sesamoid bones act like a pulley that enables the big toe to move normally. The sesamoids also absorb the weight placed on the ball of the foot. Turf toe occurs when the soft tissue surrounding the big toe is injured, which can cause sharp pain. Sesamoiditis is caused from pressure often resulting from inflammation of the sesamoid bones. This inflammation often occurs from overuse in athletic activities. People with high arches may be prone to developing sesamoiditis, as are frequent wearers of high heels. It is recommended to see a podiatrist for sesamoiditis, as they can properly diagnose and treat it.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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