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Women over Age 65

The protective fat pads along the soles of the feet degenerate with age, which can lead to foot problems for senior women. Most people in general experience some sort of foot problem with age; however, it is important to know that foot problems can be a symptom of several serious health issues, such as diabetes, […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the feet experience changes, as does the rest of the pregnant female’s body. The weight gain during pregnancy puts more pressure and stress than usual on the feet, so expecting mothers should wear flats or shoes with a low heel and broad heel base for extra support. The extra weight in the abdominal […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Drawbacks of Wearing Stockings

Stockings, or nylon pantyhose, are an everyday part of many women’s dress and professional wardrobes. However, nylon is a synthetic material that does not breathe, which leads to trapped body heat and perspiration. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot can thrive under these moist, warm conditions. If pantyhose are a must, make sure they are worn […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

When to Call a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who specializes in diagnosing and treating foot, toe, and ankle problems, including skin and toenail issues to infections, sprains, fractures, sports injuries, deformities, disorders, and diseases. Call a podiatrist when you experience any of the following issues: Persistent, chronic, increasing, or sudden pain in the feet, toes, […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who specializes in diagnosing and treating foot, toe, and ankle problems, including skin and toenail issues to infections, sprains, fractures, sports injuries, deformities, disorders, and diseases. After undergraduate medical school training, a podiatrist must earn doctorate of podiatric medicine (DPM), pass state and national tests, and secure […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Venous Stasis

Veins carry blood back to the heart, whereas arteries carry blood from the heart. Venous stasis occurs when normal blood flow from the legs back to the heart is restricted. Improper vein function can result from superficial phlebitis, where superficial vein blood clots develop as a result of injury, or deep venous thrombosis, where blood […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Spasms

Although they usually do not last long, spasms, or sudden, intense muscle contractions, can be extremely painful. Spasms can occur in the feet, toes, hands, and thumbs, causing numbness, muscle weakness, tingling, and uncontrollable twitching. Foot and toe spasms are referred to as carpopedal spasms. Some causes of spasms are neuromuscular diseases, vitamin deficiencies, abnormal […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Neuroma

Neuromas are benign growths of nerve tissue, or nerve tumors, that form when the nerves are irritated by surrounding tissue rubbing against them. Improper footwear that creates pressure on the foot, as well as foot structure abnormalities and injury to the nerves can cause or worsen neuromas. Symptoms of a neuroma include intense pain, swelling, […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Ischemic Foot

Ischemic foot is inadequate arterial blood flow from the heart to the foot that can occur from arterial blockages, arterial spasms, and injury to the artery. Since blood flow is restricted to the foot, symptoms include cold feet, purplish or discolored toes, muscle cramping, and pain. Ulcers and gangrene can result from the lack of […]

Posted on September 9, 2014

Erythromelalgia

Erythromelalgia, a rare condition, is enlarged blood vessels in the feet; it also can occur in the hands, but not as commonly. Symptoms include redness, intense warmth, burning sensation, and pain. The onset of erythromelalgia can be acute or gradual, and the condition can occur on its own or in relation to another disease. In […]

Posted on September 9, 2014