Your feet can tell you a lot about your overall health. One of the ways is if you have swelling without any other explanation, like injury. Swelling can cause heaviness in legs, pain/ achiness and fatigue.Swelling is usually noticed at the end of the day when you take off your socks and a dent is noticed at the top in your legs. Some swelling when you press into it bounces right back while other swelling if you press you notice the intent of your finger for time afterwards. The term for this type of swelling is called pitting edema. Swelling can also be a result of the veins being damaged or not working well.
Swelling can be a sign of problems with kidneys, the heart and other full body issues. If you notice more swelling than normal it is a good thing to have it looked at. Basic bloodwork and tests can be done to make sure that swelling is not a result of your heart or kidneys. Also when you’re seeing the doctor please make a note of when you swell more, if the swelling goes away with sleep or elevation and how long you have noticed an increase in swelling.
If you do not have an injury and your bloodwork says your heart and kidneys are OK then the swelling can be treated in different ways. Sometimes your primary care doctor will prescribe you a water pill like Lasix, to help you urinate the excess fluid out of your body. This can take a while to adjust the medication, so you must be patient. Elevation of the legs when you are at rest is also very effective and recommended. Lastly compression of the swelling in the legs can encourage it not to become a chronic problem. Some compression stockings can be very tight and difficult to wear but they’re very effective. Over-the-counter compression socks and athletic compression socks are available. They are less tight and more easily worn for mild to moderate swelling.
On average, a person will walk 75,000 miles by the age of 50 and take up to 10,000 steps on any given day. This creates up to hundreds of tons of foot pressure every day. The podiatrists of Fenton Footcare share that, as we age, proper foot care is essential to maintain good health and to continue our walking independence.
There are several ways to reduce the risk of foot problems:
Foot pain of any kind is not normal and should be checked by a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and care. It is recommended that adults over the age of 65 visit their podiatrist for an annual consultation. Call us for convenient appointment times: 810 629 3338
Nerves allow you to know what is going on in every part of your body. The nerves to your feet are the longest, traveling from your back/spinal cord to the tips of your toes. The longer the nerve, the more likely for it to be damaged along the way. Nerves allow you to feel hot and cold, light touch, pressure and of course, pain. When you step on something, like a Lego, you will feel a combination of pressure and pain. Your brain then send a signal to your leg very quickly to “lift up your foot” for protection of the foot. The same is true if you touch something very cold or hot.
When nerves do not work properly, this is be called neuropathy. It can cause a number of different symptoms including numbness, tingling, pins and needles, feeling like the foot is covered in leather, very hot or cold sensations, shooting pain and burning. Some people describe their neuropathy as “I can feel my feet, but they don’t feel like mine.”
Neuropathy can be caused by many different things. The most commonly known is Diabetes. If you have numbness or decreased sensation is does not automatically mean you have Diabetes. Other causes of nerves not working correctly are an injury to the back, exposure to certain chemicals like pesticides or agent orange, chemotherapy and lack of Vitamin B because of gastric bypass (weight loss surgery) . Sometimes it is difficult to determine exactly what has caused this weird sensation, nevertheless it can still be treated if it is bothersome!
To determine what type of neuropathy you have, several different test can be done to make sure that the treatment you and your doctor choose will be effective. Most of these test can be done right in the office.
Neuropathy that is painful and bothersome can be treated in a daily basis, while other types are mild and not affecting your daily life are monitored. Please see your doctor to determine the right treatment for you.
Most teenagers recognize the importance of regularly caring for their teeth, skin, eyes, and bodies (exercise), but few know to care for their feet. Yet, foot health plays an important role in their overall health and wellness. Teens should be aware that foot pain of any kind is not normal. Whether they are dealing with blisters, athlete’s foot, or ingrown toenails, caring for feet at an early age reduces the risk of complications later.
Following are some easy steps to maintain healthy feet:
One of the most important purchases on any parent’s shopping list should be a pair of proper fitting shoes for their child. The podiatrists and staff of Fenton Foot Care would like to share several important factors that parents should consider while back to school shopping:
Do Your Child’s Shoes “Make The Grade?”
If your child is experiencing foot pain or you have other concerns, please make an appointment today by calling: 81o 629 3338
Spring/summer marks a busy time for pedicurists. Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise. Fenton Foot Care and Brighton Family Foot Care would like to share the following advice for individuals deciding on a location to receive a pedicure:
The doctors and staff at Fenton Foot Care and Brighton Family Foot Care are available to answer your foot and ankle questions and concerns.
Last year I went to Michigan Adventure as well as Disney World and observed people in all different kinds of shoes. Even a well planned out trip through the park puts miles on your feet, knees, hips and back. I know how temping it is to slide on those flip flops for a day in the sun, so many people I saw waiting in line for rides were sporting them. They look cute and show off your pedicure but by the end of the day your feet will be hurting. Instead, choose a nice vented pair of supportive running/walking shoes or sandals with an arch built in.
Drink plenty of water! This will help prevent your legs from swelling while you are on them all day. Depending on the amusement park, you may be able to carry water in a small back pack, others you may have to hand your water to a person not going on the ride with you.
Wear Sunscreen, even on your feet, if the skin is exposed then it can get burned. Nothing is worse than a sunburn on your feet and having to put your feet into a pair of shoes the next day.
If you are going to the water park, wear supportive sandals. This was the most memorable part of my trip to Michigan Adventure. They weather was perfect, not too hot, a little breezy at times. The reason it was so memorable was actually because my feet hurt, badly. I walked around barefoot.
Do you have nagging pain during your summer yard work and activities that is just not going away? Increased activity can cause inflammation at your heel bone and plantar fascial attachment. For some people it can go away with rest, for others it may continue to haunt you into the summer. Consistent pain for 2 weeks is not normal and is less likely to go away on its own. There are many different treatments for heel pain/ plantar fasciitis.
Smelly feet and shoes come from sweaty feet! All the organisms that live in shoes need a dark, warm, damp environment to thrive, and when they thrive they can make some bad odors. Your shoes are the perfect environment for fungus, bacteria, yeasts and all the other little creepy things that live in shoes.
Tips to prevent those smelly feet:
If you get odd rashes or skin lesions on feet or legs go to one of our offices and have them looked at. They could be a result of sweaty feet and easily treated. The public wastes millions of dollars on over the counter treatments that don’t fix the problem they have. Have one of our expert doctors diagnose and give you the right treatment today!