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New Year's Resolutions can include many goals, from getting healthier to traveling more to running a marathon. It's always a good idea to make sure your feet are in tip top shape, and we're here to help you prep.
This blog post focuses on a top goal for many, weight loss and your feet. An estimated 70 million overweight Americans experience foot problems, like heel pain and flat feet. Sore feet make it hard to exercise and lose weight; and without exercise, those extra pounds worsen or exacerbate the progression of diabetes, heart disease and other serious health threats. Today, Orange County Foot & Ankle Surgeons urged overweight adults to seek immediate treatment for chronic, activity-limiting foot and ankle problems to foster compliance with physician-directed exercise programs.
“It’s unfortunate overweight adults get caught up in the vicious cycle of avoiding physical activity due to foot or ankle pain, thereby permitting cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions to worsen as a result,” says Dr. Bennett, DPM. “For example, in many cases, chronic heel pain occurs from carrying too much weight. Left untreated, it becomes an impediment to physical activity and meaningful weight loss.”
Bennett says there’s no reason foot or ankle pain should stop patients from exercising. The first step toward breaking the cycle is an evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon.
According to the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootHealthFacts.org, many causes of foot pain can be relieved without surgery through stretching exercises, orthotics and athletic shoes with good shock absorption and support. If a bunion, heel pain or other condition requires surgery, patients can participate during their recovery in non-weight-bearing activities, such as riding a stationary bike, swimming or weight training.
For those moderately to severely overweight, Bennett says a thorough physical examination is mandatory before beginning an exercise program.
“Once cleared by your physician to begin exercising, don’t try to do too much too soon. Follow a gradual routine until your body adjusts to the stress of regular physical activity,” he says. “For example, I counsel overweight patients to avoid working out on treadmills or elliptical machines to minimize pounding and stress on their joints.”
Shedding excess pounds helps diabetic patients control their disease, but Bennett notes many who experience foot ulcerations and vascular problems caused by diabetes might think they shouldn’t exercise.
“Every diabetes patient needs regular foot exams to check for possible sore spots and assess nerve sensation,” says Bennett. “And with proper diabetic foot care and the right footwear, most patients can follow an exercise regimen that is safe and appropriate for them.”
Feet are the Rodney Dangerfield of body parts; they don’t get no respect.
That’s especially true for men's feet. Men often resist going to the doctor when they're sick or in pain. But most foot conditions are treatable, and easier to treat, when diagnosed early.
Jonathan Bennett DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Fullerton and Tustin, wants men to know about five foot problems they should never ignore:
Heel Pain is often caused by tissue inflammation, but can also result from a broken bone, a tight Achilles tendon, a pinched nerve, or other problem. A qualified physician will know how to diagnose and treat the true cause of heel pain.
Always, always, always require a prompt visit to the doctor. Men who skip out on medical care are more likely to suffer repeated ankle sprains and then develop chronic ankle instability.
Big Toe Stuffness and Pain develops slowly over time, as cartilage in the big toe joint wears down. This eventually leads to arthritis. The sooner a man has this diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
Achilies Tendonitis usually develops from a sudden increase in physical activity, such as when men play weekend sports. Chances of an Achilles tendon rupture can be reduced by treatment of the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis: pain and tenderness on the back of the foot or heel.
Ingrown Toenails can pierce the skin, open the door for bacteria to enter the body, and convince some men to perform dangerous "bathroom surgery." Few men know that a doctor can perform a quick procedure that will end the pain and permanently cure an ingrown toenail.
For more information on any of these and more, please visit our patient education center, or set up an appointment online (or by 714-888-6860). Our experienced doctors and friendly staff are top rated by our customers in fast service, and gentle care. Just check out our reviews!
Crossover toe is a common foot problem that can inhibit physical activity for older Americans, but outpatient surgery can correct the deformity and keep senior citizens active and on their feet.
Individuals with hammertoes, bunions or a second toe that extends beyond the big toe are most susceptible to developing crossover toe as they age, according to Jonathan Bennett DPM, one of our wonderful foot and ankle surgeons at Orange County Foot & Ankle Group.
“It’s a common problem among older people in which the second toe gradually moves across the big toe," he says. "It can be painful and, therefore, difficult to walk comfortably or pursue an active lifestyle.”
Bennett says the first symptom of crossover toe is pain in the ball of the foot. A tear in the joint makes the second toe unstable. It falls out of alignment and eventually drifts.
The doctors at OC Foot & Ankle Group normally check the ball of the foot for a possible plantar-plate tear when an older patient complains of pain in the area. Pre-existing forefoot problems combined with normal wear and tear or possible trauma can cause the plate to tear over time.
“If the pain persists and the toe starts to drift, surgery is recommended to suture the plantar plate or replace it through a tendon-transfer,” Bennett says.
Surgery to correct crossover toe is an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthesia. Patients with bunions or hammertoes are advised to have those deformities corrected during the surgery. Recovery time is about six weeks.
"If you're an older adult with persistent pain in the ball of your foot, it's in your best interest to see a doctor," says Dr. Bennett "If your foot hurts, you aren't exercising, and your cardiovascular health nosedives."
Learn more about common outpatient surgeries in our Podiatry Education Library.