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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Safeguarding Against Workplace Falls

Preventing falls in the workplace is essential in ensuring the safety and well-being of employees. Falls can occur in any work environment, from construction sites to office buildings, and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Implementing proactive measures to mitigate fall risks is vital. This includes maintaining clean and clutter-free walkways, promptly addressing spills or slippery surfaces, and ensuring proper lighting in all areas of the workplace. Employers should also provide appropriate training on fall prevention techniques and the proper use of safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, and non-slip footwear. Regular inspections of equipment and work areas can help identify and address potential hazards before accidents occur. Encouraging open communication between management and employees regarding safety concerns fosters a culture of awareness and accountability. Falling can impact the feet, and may compromise completing daily activities. If you have injured one or both feet during your workday, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat any foot condition you may have endured.

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. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Proper Footwear for Medical Professionals

Selecting the appropriate footwear is important for medical employees, whose demanding roles require long hours of standing, walking, and patient care. The right shoes not only enhance comfort and alleviate fatigue but also play a critical role in preventing foot problems and injuries. Medical professionals often face unique challenges, such as exposure to bodily fluids, slippery surfaces, and the need for sterile environments. Therefore, shoes with non-slip soles, waterproof materials, and easy-to-clean surfaces are essential to ensure safety and hygiene. Additionally, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning, arch support, and shock absorption helps reduce strain on the feet, ankles, and lower back, minimizing the risk of musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall well-being. By investing in quality shoes that cater to their specific needs, medical employees can maintain optimal performance and focus on patient care. If you have foot pain from wearing shoes that do not fit well during your work day, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer help to remedy your discomfort.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is the excessive or repetitive strain on the ligament, leading to tiny tears and inflammation. This strain can result from various factors, including prolonged standing or walking, wearing improper footwear, engaging in high-impact activities like running or jumping, and certain biomechanical issues such as flat feet or high arches. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, particularly when taking the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. This pain may gradually subside with movement but can worsen throughout the day with prolonged activity. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis may experience stiffness and tenderness on the bottom of the foot, particularly near the heel. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein  from Union Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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