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After a busy Christmas and New Year’s out and about, the feet are often left sore and run down. Ill-fitting shoes are often the cause of pain in the lower extremities, which can include the calf as well as localized pain in pressure points, swelling, and even cuts and bruises. For some post-holiday foot care and to help ease soreness, apply heat and/or ice to swollen areas, which will help numb pain and cause the blood vessels to constrict. Simple stretches can also help alleviate pain. Pampering the feet at home with a home pedicure and moisturizing can also help comfort worn down feet. Take special care to watch out for blisters, which should be covered and kept clean to promote healing.   

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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A Korean worker with the last name Yoon was recently awarded a state subsidy by a Seoul court for a nerve condition he sustained while working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. He wasn’t wearing protective equipment at the time, so his hands and feet were exposed to hydrofluoric acid in the liquid waste he was handling.

Afterward the nerves in Yoon’s extremities stopped functioning correctly, so he applied for welfare from the government. However, his case was originally rejected because his limbs looked fine on the outside. He appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage and ruled in his favor.

As Yoon discovered, nerve complications in the feet can make life quite difficult. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Morgan Rush, a stylist from Images of You salon, believes that beautiful summer-ready feet start with foot care during the winter—particularly pedicures. “Most people think that you need to get them in the summertime, but your skin dries out more in the wintertime,” Rush says.

Rush stresses the importance of pedicures. Many people forget to put lotion onto their feet during the winter because their feet are in closed shoes; pedicures, with their paraffin dips and hydrating masks, can give feet the moisture they lack during cold weather. Rush’s suggestion for spring foot care propagates this need for hydration: the use of natural moisturizers.

Daily foot care, particularly moisturizing, is most important during the winter. If you are unsure about your regular foot care habits, consult with podiatrist Dr. Bryant A Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can attend to any of your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

For more information about Every Day Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Carl Nicks says he has pain and nerve damage in his left foot, something he will probably have suffer with the rest of the life.Two years ago, Carl Nicks signed a 5-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bucs, and since then has played in exactly 9 games because of a long string of injuries.  He had foot surgery, surgery for MRSA, and now struggles with painful nerve damage that he believes resulted from one of the two surgeries.

To top it off, he also has the chicken pocks.

Nicks has been participating in light jogging and other rehab drills, and hopes to return for the start of training camp.  Doctors say that he may be struggling with the pain caused by nerve damage for the rest of his life, but he refuses to let this keep him from playing.  

Outside of surgery, there are many ways to irritate the nerves during normal, daily activities.  If you are suffering from nerve disorders of the foot and ankleor any other nerve injury in the foot, consider talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant A Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will treat all of your podiatric needs.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

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

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ankle sprainsDarius Johnson, receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, had to miss practice recently due to a sprained ankle he got during the teams’ last game against the Redskins. The Falcons haven’t confirmed if he’s going to be out for any upcoming games.

Johnson is a rookie who was promoted this year to fill in for Roddy White, who is also disabled. “We've got a couple games left this season. So, he needs to get himself as healthy as possible before he goes out there and play,” White said of him.

Sometimes the best way to deal with a sprained ankle is to get professional help. For assistance with your sprained ankle, think about visiting a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry.  Dr. Tarr will take a look at your injury and help you figure out what the next step should be.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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