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Oceanside (760) 630-9200

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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Traveling is exciting to most people as it can be relaxing or full of adventure. Either way, there is always a possibility of unforeseen situations, such as injuries, arising. Reducing risk of injury while traveling should therefore be an important goal. Slips and falls are a common accident that can happen while traveling. Consequences may be minor, but they can also be severe. Causes of falls are numerous, such as slipping on a wet pool tile or twisting an ankle and taking a spill. It is important to be aware of surroundings, avoid slippery surfaces, and wear supportive and well-fitting shoes while traveling. If you should fall while traveling, or to obtain more preventative tips, see a podiatrist who can answer your questions as well as diagnose and treat all ankle and foot-related issues.

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. Jeff Brooks from Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Oceanside, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 30 January 2023 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Ingrown toenails can develop in an individual when the side of their toenail grows into the skin. As a result, the point at which the nail and skin meet can become inflamed and irritated. An individual with ingrown toenails can experience some kind of discomfort or pain. Runners may be particularly susceptible to developing ingrown toenails. This is explained by the fact that running puts a particular amount of repetitive pressure on the nails in the shoe. This pressure can then ultimately press the side of the nail into the skin and put an individual at risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Although ingrown toenails are certainly not the most serious condition of the feet, they can cause discomfort. If you are a runner and are concerned about developing an ingrown toenail, contact a podiatrist today.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks of Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 23 January 2023 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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