Among older Americans, falls are the number one cause of injuries and death from injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only are seniors more at risk for falls, when they do so, it poses a greater risk for injuries, hospitalization and complications. For a ground-up approach to fall prevention, seniors should start by examining the health of their feet.
Even the most avid outdoor enthusiasts don’t realize just how much stress and strain they put on their feet and ankles during autumn hikes. Those long, vigorous walks on uneven terrain may be fun, but without proper care, they could lead to damage to their feet and ankles.
Every fall season, foot and ankle surgeons see an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems. If your children are playing sports this fall, here are six tips that could protect them from serious ankle injuries.
Caring for your feet.
Indoors and outdoors, youth athletes stay active year-round in competitive sports. For many of them heel pain has become “just another part of the game.” Foot and ankle surgeon, Shelly D. Sedberry, MS, DPM, AACFAS, advises that when a child complains of heel pain, it should be diagnosed promptly because it may be a warning sign of a serious foot problem.
Before you head to the store to buy your kids' shoes, follow these helpful guidelines from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. They'll help prevent or minimize foot problems from poorly fitting or worn-out shoes.
So, what are the five most common types of foot problems, and what causes them? Here are some tips from today's podiatrists:
Many people don't think about their feet when applying sunscreen, but the skin on your feet is highly susceptible to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Keep your feet safe from the sun and follow these tips.
Lawn care season is back and Joplin foot and ankle surgeon, Shelly D. Sedberry, MS, DPM, AACFAS cautions homeowners to protect their feet and the feet of those around them when using rotary-blade lawnmowers.
As millions of people hit the beach for vacation fun, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers these foot safety tips.