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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

How to Prevent Falls in Your Home

As we get older, our senses and balance begin to wane and the chance of us experiencing a serious fall increases significantly. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of fatal injury among older adults and the leading cause for trauma-related hospital admissions. Even more disturbing, every 19 minutes an elderly person dies from a fall. Following the subsequent tips can help prevent falls among the elderly. To start, remove excess clutter and any debris on the floor. Wearing shoes and socks that provide more grip and having skid-proof rugs are a great way to prevent falls. Exercise classes for the elderly can help increase strength and balance; living a sedentary lifestyle and not getting any physical activity actually makes falls more likely. Proper lighting is another key feature that can also help, and automatic night lights can be very useful for illuminating late night trips to the bathroom. Having your eyes and ears checked by a doctor and making sure that your medications do not cause balance loss is vital. Finally, using a cane or walker and installing railings in bathrooms and on both sides of the stairs can provide further support and help prevent falls.

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 Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 Williamsport, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

When to Wear Flip-Flops

Flip-flops are extremely popular during the summer thanks to their ability to allow the feet to breathe and their ease-of-wear. Yet there are some problems with them. Flip-flops do not provide proper foot support, decrease foot protection, and increase the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear flip-flops; knowing when to wear them and what to look for when buying a pair is most important. When shopping for flip-flops, look for a pair that won’t bend easily and that are made of soft leather. These two features will ensure that they will provide comfort while ensuring foot protection from debris on the ground. Wearing flip-flops to the beach or pool is acceptable, but avoid wearing flip-flops for long periods of time or in unsuitable environments.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

How to Lessen the Effects of Gout

Gout, a type of arthritis, can be very painful for those who suffer from it. It’s caused when uric acid crystals build up in the joint, creating inflammation and pain. Gout, often occurring in the feet, generally comes and goes; there are ways, however, to mitigate its effects. Certain foods, such as processed meats, canned fish, foods with high fructose corn syrup, and foods containing high levels of purine should be avoided. Alcohol can increase the likelihood of gout, with as little as two beers a day increasing the risk significantly. Obesity is linked as well; losing weight, exercising, hydrating with plenty of water, and eating healthy foods can decrease the likelihood of a gout attack. If you are experiencing pain and inflammation in the foot, see a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment. Gout can be painful, but it can be avoided.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Keeping Your Children’s Feet Healthy

Children have delicate feet that are still developing as they get older. Therefore, it is up to parents to make sure that their children’s feet are healthy. There are some things a parent can do or be on the lookout for. When it comes to footwear, parents should check their children’s shoes frequently to see if they properly fit. When it comes time that your children want to get pedicures, make sure that the salon they visit is clean; this can help prevent infections of the foot from fungus. Flat feet, ingrown toenails, and warts are not uncommon among children but can be taken care of. If you see anything abnormal with your child’s feet, see a podiatrist who can diagnose them.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Steven Hartung of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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