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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Children's feet require vigilant care during their formative years, due to their soft and pliable nature. Encouraging toddlers to walk barefoot indoors fosters natural foot growth and toe dexterity. It is essential to regularly assess shoe fit, aiming for about half an inch of growing room between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Experts suggest measuring their feet and adjusting shoe size every three to six months to accommodate growth. While common walking patterns, such as flat feet or in-toeing, typically resolve on their own, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist if your child experiences persistent issues or discomfort. Avoid hand me down shoes to ensure proper support and fit tailored to each child's unique foot structure. Watch for signs such as frequent tripping, pain, or reluctance to participate in activities, as they may indicate underlying foot concerns that require medical attention. For guidance on your child's foot development or to address any emerging concerns, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough exam and appropriate treatment as needed.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Seniors are at a heightened risk of falling due to various factors, including age-related changes in balance, vision, and muscle strength. Additionally, underlying health conditions, medications, and environmental hazards contribute to the risk of falls among older adults. Vision impairments, such as cataracts or glaucoma, can affect depth perception and increase the likelihood of tripping or misjudging distances. Muscle weakness and joint stiffness make it more challenging to maintain balance and stability while walking or standing. Furthermore, medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness further compromise seniors' ability to navigate their surroundings safely. Environmental factors like cluttered walkways, slippery floors, and inadequate lighting also pose significant fall risks. To prevent falls, seniors can take proactive measures such as participating in regular exercise to improve strength and balance and modifying home environments to eliminate hazards. Falling can impact the feet, possibly compromising daily activities. If you are interested in learning about additional fall prevention strategies, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

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 Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Children and teens can experience ingrown toenails, a painful condition caused by the edge of a toenail growing into the surrounding skin. Signs of ingrown toenails can include toe pain, redness and pus emerging from the edge of the toenail, and tenderness while walking. Common causes of ingrown toenails in children include improper toenail trimming that leads to sharp edges which can penetrate the skin, or wearing tight shoes that puts pressure on the toes. Additionally, trauma to the toe, such as stubbing or dropping something on it, can lead to ingrown toenails. It is important for parents and caregivers to be mindful of how they trim their child's nails to prevent ingrown toenails and the infections they can cause. If a child experiences persistent discomfort or ingrown toenails that keep coming back, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist, who can help address the issue and prevent further complications.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 02 February 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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