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Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents

When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up healthy and strong. You get them vaccinated, take them to the dentist and optometrist, and you do your best to ensure they eat a nutritious diet that will help them grow. But are you aware of the important role foot health plays in a child’s overall development?

Every parent knows the frustration of trying to keep up with children who grow quickly, and that rapid pace of growth can mean children need new shoes and socks every few months. With warm weather on the way, it’s a great time for parents to take a look at their children’s shoes to ensure they’re wearing footwear that will serve them well through the active days of summer.

Ill-fitting footwear can irritate kids’ feet and aggravate existing conditions caused by injury, heredity, deformity, or illness. APMA offers parents guidance for keeping kids in shoes that fit properly and protect their feet:

·Take the child with you while shoe shopping and have him or her try on the shoes. Every shoe fits differently, so even if you’re buying your child’s correct size, the shoe still may not be comfortable. Have the child try on footwear with the socks or tights you expect will be worn with the shoes.

·Always measure a child’s foot before buying new shoes. Children’s feet grow so quickly that their shoe size can literally change from month to month.

·Shop late in the afternoon when feet are largest, and make sure to fit the shoe to the larger foot. Everyone’s feet swell by the end of the day, and no one has feet that are exactly the same size. One will always be slightly larger.

·Never buy shoes that are too large or need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Buying shoes for kids isn’t like buying a too-large coat that you know they’ll grow into. Shoes that are too big can irritate a child’s feet, and even lead to tripping or injury.

Once your child takes the new shoes home, keep watch to ensure the shoes stay comfortable and in good shape. Examine the child’s feet at the end of the day for signs of irritation. If your child always wants to remove one or both of the shoes, it may mean the shoes are uncomfortable.

How can we help you?

The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 

By Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, LLC
May 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot injury   Foot Pain  

Find out what could be causing your foot pain and what you can do about it.Foot pain

Did you know that one-quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? Along with that, your feet are made up of 107 ligaments, 33 joints, and 19 muscles. So, when your feet start to give you grief you may be wondering what’s going on. After all, it could be a number of things. Our Greensburg and Irwin, PA, podiatrists, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric, are here to help you figure out what’s causing your pain and how to handle it.

What is causing your pain?

Figuring out the root cause of your pain is the first thing our Greensburg and Irwin foot doctors will do. Once we figure out what’s going on we will be able to create a proper and comprehensive treatment plan that will lead you right into recovery mode.

Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Stress fracture
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Flat feet
  • Arthritis
  • Bunion
  • Hammertoe

How do you treat heel pain?

You’ll be happy to know that a lot of foot problems can easily be managed from the comfort of your own home. Unless the condition is serious and requires more aggressive care, more often than not you’ll give your foot the rest it needs to heal and you’ll manage your symptoms until your foot mends. Rest is key for any injury or foot problem. Avoid high-impact activities and other activities that could exacerbate your pain. Stay off the foot as much as possible and elevate it when sitting down to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Pain can be managed through icing your foot throughout the day and also by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Those with more severe and chronic foot pain may require prescription painkillers or corticosteroid injections.

Depending on the cause of your pain we may also recommend splinting, bracing, or wearing a protective boot. Physical therapy and performing certain stretching and strengthening exercises can also help improve flexibility and range-of-motion within the foot.

Those with more serious and chronic foot problems may need to consider more aggressive treatment options like electrical stimulation. We can also sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of getting foot surgery if all other treatment options are proving ineffective.

If you are at a loss for how to handle your foot pain then it’s time to turn to our friendly and reliable foot and ankle specialists for the care you need to get back on your feet. Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care has offices in Greensburg and Irwin, PA, to serve you better. Call us today!

Sunscreen on Your Feet?

Doctors Todd and Cherrie Cindric urge sunscreen use and exams to prevent skin cancer on feet

When at the pool or lake we protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But do we remember to apply sunscreen to our feet?

Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and overlook applying sunscreen to the area. But skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.

While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is the most serious form, melanoma. Symptoms can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.

Early diagnosis is key to effective treatment for the condition. But because people aren’t looking for the early warning signs or taking the same precautions they do for other areas of the body, often times skin cancer in this region is not diagnosed until later stages.

“I advise my patients to regularly inspect their feet, including the soles, in between their toes and even under their toenails, for any changing moles or spots and to have any suspicious areas promptly examined by a foot and ankle specialist,” Dr. Cindric explains. 

How can we help you?
The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 

You might find yourself questioning why you’re feeling pain after your morning run, afternoon power walk, or other physical activity that demands a lot from your feet. Physical activities like running, brisk walking, and playing sports can be great for your body; exercise improves cardiovascular health, burns calories, and builds muscle strength. Summer is a great time to stay—or get—active, but you still need to take precautions to ensure your exercise routine is also healthy for your feet.

We all have a lot riding on our feet, and we demand a great deal from them, especially when we’re engaging in strenuous exercise. Foot health is a key component of overall health and well-being. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to take the right steps toward protecting your feet when you run, jog, power walk, or engage in other exercise.

Be aware of common ailments of the season like athlete’s foot, blisters, nail fungus, foot odor, and warts, and the summer foot fixes that can help cure them.

You can also take these steps to minimize the risk of injury or other problems when running or exercising:

·Stretch before and after activity. Lactic acid is the chemical by-product of exercise that causes muscles to ache after a workout. Stretching improves your circulation and decreases the buildup of lactic acid; it can also help relieve stiffness and prevent strain. Simply flexing the hamstrings and stretching calves, Achilles tendons, and shins can help ensure your workout is safe.

·Choose an appropriate running shoe. The only real expense of running or walking is buying shoes, so it pays to invest in a good pair that will provide the support you need to have a safe, successful workout. If you’re prone to swollen feet later in the day, try on athletic shoes in the afternoon, when your feet are most swollen, to ensure a proper fit. Shoes should be stable from side to side, well-cushioned but with enough room to wiggle your toes, and snug to the heel. You can find a list of healthy footwear that carries APMA’s Seal of Acceptance on the organization’s website, www.apma.org/seal.

·Be aware of the surface. The surface you’re running on makes a difference in how hard the activity is on your feet. Hard, uneven ground can lead to stress fractures, slips, and falls. Softer ground is more foot-friendly and causes less shock than harder surfaces. If possible, run or walk on grass or dirt paths that are flat, even, and well-manicured.

·Think twice about running in inclement weather. If your feet are wet and cold, the ground will feel harder, and you’ll be more prone to slipping.

·Listen to your feet. It’s not normal to experience pain or changes in the feet and ankles. If you experience foot pain that lasts for more than a few days, see a podiatrist for evaluation. He or she can tell you if the pain is a minor, passing problem or a symptom of something more serious such as injury or disease.

With some simple precautions, you can ensure your walking and running activities remain healthy and enjoyable for your entire body, especially your hardworking feet.

How can we help you?
The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 

Don't let sore feet trip up your travel plans

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, whether you fly, drive, or take a train, there’s one other mode of transportation you’ll almost certainly use on your trip: your feet. During the course of a regular day, the average person walks 8,000 to 10,000 steps, but that number can increase dramatically when you’re traveling. From inappropriate footwear to long stretches of inactivity in cramped cars or airplane seats, traveling can be hard on your feet.

Exploring a new destination with family and friends, or getting to that important business meeting on time, should not involve having to struggle with foot pain. By following basic foot care practices, travelers can help ensure foot pain doesn’t slow down their enjoyment of the journey.

If you're planning a trip, the APMA recommends you take a few steps to ease the wear and tear on your foot muscles and joints:

·Start out with the proper footwear. If you’re flying, shoes that slide on and off easily make sense, but don’t sacrifice health and safety for convenience. Choose footwear that is comfortable and supportive. Business travelers—especially women—may want to pack their dress shoes in their carry-on and wear comfortable footwear while traveling. If you’re driving, and don’t have to worry about speedy shoe removal, go with a comfortable, supportive athletic shoe that will allow your feet to breathe and provide ample cushioning.

·Never go barefoot through airport security. While current security regulations require all travelers to remove their shoes, you’re not required to remove your socks unless a security officer asks you to. Keep your socks on to help protect your feet from dirt and bacteria.

·If possible, get up and walk around every 45 minutes. Sitting for long periods of time restricts blood flow to the legs and feet, which can lead to swelling and, in extreme cases, blood clots. If walking around isn’t possible—if you're in a car for a couple of hours or stuck in your seat during a turbulent flight—exercise your legs, ankles, and feet while seated. Roll your ankles and point your toes up and down to encourage blood flow. If you have the room to do so, raise each knee and hold it for a few seconds while tensing your thigh muscles. If your feet begin to swell, unlace your shoes.

·Even with the best precautions, vacation walking can create a foot emergency. Pack a foot care emergency kit that’s equipped with adhesive bandages, antibiotic cream, tweezers, and nail clippers. You can also include foot lotion for a soothing massage.

·Finally, travel time is no time to try breaking in new shoes. In fact, new shoes should never have to be “broken in” before they feel comfortable. Shoes should be comfortable, without chafing or pinching, from the first time you put them on. If they are not, don’t buy them.

Our research tells us that most Americans say they have foot pain at least some of the time. When you're traveling, it’s no time to contend with foot pain. Travelers can protect their foot health by following simple precautions.

How can we help you?

The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000. 

 

 





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