Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Preventing falls in the workplace is essential in ensuring the safety and well-being of employees. Falls can occur in any work environment, from construction sites to office buildings, and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Implementing proactive measures to mitigate fall risks is vital. This includes maintaining clean and clutter-free walkways, promptly addressing spills or slippery surfaces, and ensuring proper lighting in all areas of the workplace. Employers should also provide appropriate training on fall prevention techniques and the proper use of safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, and non-slip footwear. Regular inspections of equipment and work areas can help identify and address potential hazards before accidents occur. Encouraging open communication between management and employees regarding safety concerns fosters a culture of awareness and accountability. Falling can impact the feet, and may compromise completing daily activities. If you have injured one or both feet during your workday, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat any foot condition you may have endured.

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 the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Swollen feet, an uncomfortable condition, can stem from various factors, necessitating attention and understanding to alleviate symptoms effectively. One common cause is prolonged standing or sitting, which can impair circulation and lead to fluid retention in the feet and ankles. Additionally, injuries such as sprains or fractures may result in localized swelling as the body responds to tissue damage. Certain medical conditions, including venous insufficiency and lymphedema, disrupt the normal flow of fluids in the body, contributing to swelling in the lower extremities. Lifestyle factors like excessive salt intake, obesity, and dehydration can exacerbate fluid retention and swelling in the feet. Pregnancy often leads to swollen feet due to hormonal changes and increased pressure on the blood vessels. If your feet have become swollen, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Toe pain, though often overlooked, can significantly impact daily life and mobility. Several factors can contribute to toe discomfort, ranging from minor injuries to underlying medical conditions. Stubbing or jamming the toe, for instance, can result in acute pain and swelling. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can cause pressure and friction, leading to conditions like corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Arthritis, whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the joints in the toes, causing chronic pain and stiffness. Moreover, fungal infections like athlete's foot can manifest as itching, burning, and pain between the toes. Symptoms of toe pain may vary depending on the underlying cause but commonly include tenderness, swelling, redness, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected toe. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for relieving toe pain and preventing further complications. If your toe pain persists, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Heel spurs, bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone, can pose significant challenges for individuals affected by this condition. While not always painful, heel spurs have the potential to become debilitating, causing discomfort and limiting mobility. These spurs often result from repetitive strain or stress on the foot, commonly associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or excessive pronation. As the body attempts to repair itself, calcium deposits accumulate, leading to the formation of a spur. The presence of a heel spur can exacerbate existing foot conditions, causing sharp pain and tenderness, especially during weight-bearing activities such as walking or running. Left untreated, heel spurs may interfere with daily activities and quality of life, impacting overall well-being. Early diagnosis and intervention are vital for managing symptoms and preventing further complications associated with heel spurs. Seeking professional guidance from a podiatrist can help individuals effectively address heel spurs and regain optimal foot health. If you have a heel spur, it is suggested that you are under the care of this type of doctor who can help you manage this condition.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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