Items filtered by date: February 2023

Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

Many Seniors Live With Chronic Foot Pain

As people age, the prevalence of foot pain increases. Despite this fact, geriatrics studies show that with routine foot care, proper footwear, and use of orthotic devices foot pain can often be reduced. When the foot is in pain, normal biomechanics of standing and walking can be affected. This can lead to instability, an increased risk of falls, a reduced ability to walk, and a loss of independence in seniors. A more sedentary lifestyle can develop, further weakening the strength and mobility of the feet and ankles. Women have more reported foot deformities, which cause pain, than men, believed to be associated with the long-term wearing of high heels. Another major factor in foot pain in the elderly is obesity. Other common conditions that result in foot pain include underlying conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis. Further conditions noted to be common foot ailments of seniors are corns and calluses, fungal toenail infections, bunions, and hammertoes. Foot pain in seniors severely affects their ability to walk at a normal pace and increasingly reduces their willingness to leave the house. For seniors who are becoming hobbled by foot pain, it is strongly suggested that regular appointments with a podiatrist can help to manage and even overcome many of their problems. 

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New Orleans, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease

There is a condition known as peripheral artery disease, which is abbreviated as PAD. This produces decreased blood flow in the feet and legs, possibly causing injuries to the nerves and tissues. PAD can happen due to a plaque build-up in the arteries, causing them to become narrow. This can affect the blood flow to the legs since there is limited blood flow and oxygen supply. There are existing medical conditions that may lead to PAD, including kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The symptoms that are often associated with PAD can consist of foot pain, a numbing sensation, and sores that are slow in healing. Peripheral artery disease may be controlled by eating properly, resting, and taking proper care of the feet. Additionally, it is beneficial to stop smoking, if it applies, and it is helpful to monitor blood sugar levels. Uncomfortable foot conditions from PAD are treated by a podiatrist, and it is advised that you contact this type of doctor who can provide you with the correct treatment methods.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.


Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.


While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.


Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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

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Saturday, 18 February 2023 00:00

Keep Your Feet Healthy So You Can Stay Active

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

Various Types of Athlete’s Foot

The medical term for athlete’s foot is called tinea pedis. It is a skin infection of the foot, and it is considered to be contagious. Research has shown approximately 10 percent of Americans are afflicted with this condition, and it may recur in half the people who have athletes’ foot. The most common type of athletes’ foot is referred to as interdigital athlete’s foot, and it is found between the fourth and fifth toes. Many patients notice blisters form between the toes, and it may be an allergic reaction to certain types of fungal organisms. Moccasins-type athlete’s foot is noticeable on the sole and heel. This can cause the skin to become dry and flaky, and it may also affect the toenails. Effective preventative methods for athlete’s foot typically begin with practicing good hygiene habits and wearing appropriate shoes while in locker rooms and public swimming pool areas. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, and towels. If you notice symptoms of athletes’ foot, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine which type it is, and guide you toward the correct treatment. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole Podiatry.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

Keeping on Your Toes

Toes are made up of two or three small, fragile bones. A toe bone can break or fracture when it is stubbed, or if something heavy is dropped on it. Broken toes are common, and treatment is often successful by staying off of the affected foot and elevating it. Additionally, using the buddy taping method, or taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, can help to provide stability that is needed. If one has a severe toe fracture, the big toe may be involved, and a break may cause the toe to become crooked. Tiny fragments of bone can break off, and may result in an open wound. Injuries to the big toe may need a cast or splint for proper healing, and more severe fractures may require surgery. When an individual breaks a toe, they often feel pain, and the toe may become bruised, swollen, and stiff. If you think you have broken your toe and home care methods are not helping, please consult with a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis and provide treatment options that are right for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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