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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

New parents ought to be aware of signs of poor circulation in infants, as this condition can negatively impact the health of your infant. Importantly, poor circulation might be normal for a few hours following birth, however, persistent poor circulation can require medical attention. The feet can play an important role in helping you identify poor circulation in an infant. For example, if the feet feel cold to the touch, this might be indicative of a lack of sufficient blood circulation. The hands might feel cold as well. Often, the feet can give us important signals that we should not ignore. If you are a new parent or are expecting to be, see a podiatrist today to learn about the many ways in which you can care for your infant’s feet. This foot specialist will be able to help you develop a plan and teach you what signs to look for.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Many people connect that the quality of their life is based on how good their feet feel. They are the foundation of the body, and completing daily activities may be difficult with aching feet. Additionally, poor foot health may limit exercise completely, or limit the amount of time spent practicing it. There are simple habits that can ensure healthy feet when everyday foot care techniques are enforced. These start with washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. It is beneficial to have the toenails properly trimmed, and this can be done by having regular pedicures done, or by cutting them at home using a stainless steel clipper. The feet will feel good when they are soaked in warm water at the end of the day, which may have a soothing effect on the overall body. Additionally, the type of shoes that are worn contributes significantly to how the feet feel. It is beneficial to wear shoes that are the correct size, have ample room for the toes to move freely in, and are comfortable. If you would like to have additional tips on following a daily foot care routine, please confer with a podiatrist. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Friday, 25 November 2022 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, 22 November 2022 00:00

Club foot is a condition that begins when the baby is inside the womb. It is considered to be a rare foot condition and is noticeable as the feet turn in and point down. It happens as a result of a short Achilles tendon and can affect one or both feet. Club foot is generally not painful to babies despite the difficulty in walking if it is not treated. An ultrasound can be performed during the pregnancy, and it can give the parents the opportunity to speak with their doctor about specific treatment methods. A common treatment is referred to as the Ponseti method, and this provides gentle manipulation that stretches the feet into a better position. This is followed by having the baby wear a cast, and the method is repeated approximately every eight weeks. Minor surgery may be necessary to perform on the Achilles tendon when the feet have straightened out, and this can be helpful in loosening this tendon. If you have questions about club foot, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can perform the necessary treatment options that can benefit your child. 

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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