Posts for: February, 2017
Let’s go back to high school Anatomy class. The human heart has four chambers that beat in rhythm. Blood is pumped into the heart by your veins and pumped out of your heart by your arteries. If you have poor circulation in your legs and feet, it could be caused by a problem with either your veins or your arteries. Both have very different symptoms, but they are equally bad for your health.
Here is a quick rundown on the two main culprits: Venous Insufficiency and Peripheral Artery Disease.
Your veins carry blood back to the heart. If they are not functioning properly, your circulation becomes an uphill battle, literally. Veins are equipped with valves that open and shut and keep the blood flowing in the correct direction. When these valves have trouble opening and closing it can lead to Venous Insufficiency. Signs of venous insufficiency include swelling, varicose veins, feeling of heaviness in the foot, and could eventually lead to leg ulcers. You are more likely to develop venous insufficiency if you are over the age of 60, you smoke, you are obese or lead a sedentary lifestyle, or if you have high cholesterol.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Arteries carry freshly pumped blood away from the heart to your extremities. When your arteries are constricted, narrowed, or blocked, you may experience symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease. Contributors to PAD include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Persons suffering from PAD may have mild symptoms such as persistently cold hands and feet, or more serious issues like chronic leg cramping, burning sensation, or numbness.
Wearing compression hose or elevating your feet are good home remedies to help alleviate symptoms. But that’s not enough; stop smoking, get your cholesterol to a healthy level, and increase your exercise. Treating the underlying causes of either condition is the only way to ensure long-term relief. If these conditions are left untreated for too long, they both can lead to life threatening issues that go way beyond your feet. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your podiatrist about your circulation today.
In a couple of months, companies will start thinking about summer and encourage you to “get in shape for bikini season” with their gym membership or fad diet, but it’s always a little late to start that when summer is right around the corner. Health isn’t something you should rush. Healing takes time. Getting in shape takes time. And getting your feet healthy for summer takes time.
The Aerolase LightPro Neo laser is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment for unsightly nails, fungal infections, spider veins, hair removal, age spots, scars, and warts. Just look at some of the results we’ve had:
These treatments take time; so starting today is the best way to ensure your feet really will be ready for summer as soon as the first warm day arrives. Fungal nail infections can be treated with just three visits, but each visit should be 3-4 weeks apart. If we do the math, that’s late April to early May; just in time to break out the sandals! So don’t delay!
You can find more information on the Aerolase laser HERE.
Call the office today at 740-363-4373 to book your first appointment.
Love is in the air! And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching there is a surge of red and pink everywhere you look. But instead of talking about love we are going to turn everything February seems to stand for on its head and talk about divorce. You may be asking yourself already, where is this going? Why such a depressing subject so close to such a happy holiday? While the term divorce is generally defined as the legal division of partners in a marriage, a simpler definition is to think of divorce as a total separation.
We at the FAAWC want you to divorce yourself from your old shoes. Everyone knows what I’m talking about here. As soon as you read that, I’m sure at least one particular pair of shoes in your closet (or maybe even the ones currently on your feet) comes to mind. We all hold onto shoes we know are past their prime. Maybe they were super comfortable and you hope to find a similar pair in the future, but until you do you figure you’ll hold onto the old ones. Perhaps they were a gift from a special person or you wore them for a memorable occasion and just can’t toss them out for these emotional reasons. Right now we need to divorce you from these feelings and bring out your practical side. Here are some very practical and objective ways you can determine which shoes will be the love of your life and which should get kicked to the curb.
- Look at the soles. The pattern of raised lines on the bottom of your shoes is called the tread and just like the tread on your car tires, there are some very obvious visible signs that the tread is worn out. No one walks perfectly flat on their feet so don’t justify that the tread is still good if it’s only worn out in a few places. Obviously, these are the places that take the brunt of the force as you walk so these are the places that matter the most. If you set your shoes down on a flat surface and they don’t sit evenly, it’s time to divorce those shoes.
- Pay attention to your comfort. The materials inside our shoes are designed to cushion us as we walk and will compress due to the weight of our body. In new shoes, when we take the off, the materials bounce back to their original position. In older shoes, the materials wont go back to their original position, but will remain compressed. This means that you will be able to feel a difference in the comfort and support of the shoe when you walk in it. If a pair of shoes that used to feel like walking on clouds now feel like walking on rocks, it’s time to divorce them.
- Check for rips, tears, and holes. Okay, this one should be really obvious, but I myself have been guilty in the past of continuing to wear a pair of shoes that I justified as still good even though I could see me socks through it. Any visible signs of damage, signs of wear such as thinning materials in certain spots, or obvious distortions to the shape of your shoes mean that you need to divorce that pair.
- Smell your shoes. This may sound a little gross, but it’s important to stay alert to the smells emanating from our footwear. Sure, if you take your shoes off after a particularly hard and sweaty workout, there may be a bit of a smell, but if the smell lingers and wont go away even after trying commercial or homemade deodorizers, it’s a good sign that you need to divorce those shoes.
- Keep track of your miles. You don’t have to take this one literally, but you should have a general idea of how often you wear each of your pairs of shoes and how much activity you do in them. If you wear the same pair of shoes to work everyday, it may be a good idea to have two or three pairs of the same shoe so that you can alternate between. This will help each pair last longer and avoid the tragedy of your only pair wearing out and not being able to find that particular pair again. Unlike marriage, where the longer lasting it is, the better it is generally considered, if you’ve been with the same pair of shoes for years after years, it may be time to divorce them.
Separation can be difficult and throwing away shoes we love is something everyone avoids, but wearing a worn out pair of shoes can lead to serious foot problems and lots of time spent with your Podiatrist. Do yourself a favor this Valentine’sDay and divorce the shoes you know you should. After all, abandoning and old love means opening ourselves to a whole new love affair with a great new pair of shoes.
It’s Groundhog Day and you know what that means…
It’s Groundhog Day and you know what that means…
It’s Groundhog Day and you know what that means…
Whoops, did I just repeat myself? While our furry friend is technically supposed to predict whether we will see an early spring or have six more weeks of winter, Groundhog Day is also famous for the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. If you haven’t seen it, the premise is simple; a man wakes up on Groundhog Day, goes through the day, and when he wakes up the next morning he finds that it is Groundhog Day once again. This keeps happening over and over until he can figure out a way to break the cycle.
While the movie is a feel good comedy about breaking the routine of our lives, it doesn’t feel so good when you wake up to the same foot problem over and over again. There are countless foot conditions that can turn to chronic problems. I’m not going to list them all, but it’s pretty safe to assume that if you are having a problem with your feet, it’s likely to reoccur if left untreated, treated improperly, or if after care instructions are not followed.
Do you see the same blister forming in the same place every time you wear a particular shoe? Maybe it’s time to break the cycle and throw away those shoes. How about feeling the same pain in your toenails each time you clip them due to an ingrown nail? Without proper treatment, no amount of cutting or shaping will stop an ingrown toenail from becoming ingrown again. And on and on it goes.
Make it a priority this year to live a life free from recurring foot problems. No matter what the issue is, if it happens more than once, you need treatment! Don’t delay!
If minor foot issues are left untreated, they can begin to occur over and over again and if the problem becomes a chronic one, it can drastically increase the amount of treatment needed, the length of your healing time, and the price of your care. Catching a problem the first few times it happens can save us from waking up each day feeling like we are reliving the same issue over and over. The FAAWC is here to help. There are no silly questions and there is no issue too minor to treat. Your feet are the foundation for a healthy and active life. Treat them well or your problems could come back to haunt you.