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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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About one hundred Scottish citizens undergo the process of having limbs amputated a month according to new data from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. The need for amputations often results from the various health conditions developed due to obesity.

The most common conditions for amputation are peripheral vascular disorder and type 2 diabetes. Both conditions are also caused by being significantly overweight. These hand and foot amputations cost the NHS about $82 million a year. This cost happens to be way more than the public healthcare sector is able to afford. To make matters tougher for citizens, those who lose limbs are also entitled to cost-of-living benefits, a $46 million annual expense from the government.

Obesity takes a toll on the feet. For foot and ankle needs, visit podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will treat your podiatric necessities.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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If you have any questions, please 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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Unexpected dangers can lurk inside the footwear being sold at shoe stores and boutiques. For instance, a pair may have collected the sweat left inside them by others who have tried them on before, creating an ideal environment for the growth of the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. If you then try on those shoes, you may end up contracting the condition yourself.

Another risk that could come with testing out shoes at the store is the possibility of getting plantar warts. If someone left behind a trace of the human papilloma virus, it could get inside your skin and cause those nasty growths to sprout up on your toes. Fortunately, virtually all of these and similar problems can be avoided easily if you wear socks when trying on new shoes.

Plantar warts are irritating and often necessitate treatment of some kind. If you have developed warts on your feet or toes, show them to podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can help you identify what caused these growths to develop and recommend an appropriate and effective type of medication.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart.

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If you have any questions, please 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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Runners' FeetThe American Podiatric Medical Association conducted a poll with surprising results. In fact, 51% of Americans say that foot pain interferes with daily activities, which include but is not limited to; walking, working, and exercising. The survey suggested that neglect is to blame for much of the foot pain. Since only 25% of the respondents reported that they pay careful attention to the health of their feet, this claim could very well be true.

Scott Douglas of Runner’s World magazine advises people to start choosing daily footwear the way they choose running shoes, with comfort and support as the principal concerns.  Normal footwear is worn much more frequently than athletic footwear, but often values style over maintaining healthy feet. 

When working on your feet, you need to be comfortable. If your daily activities are causing foot or ankle pain, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will discuss possible solutions and devise a treatment plan that is right for you. 

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

If you have any questions, please 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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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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