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Older adults across the country are developing plans to age in place and to reach lifelong health. The AARP estimates that over 90% of the population over age 65 are striving to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can and live independent lifestyles.
According to Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab, older adults are making an investment in home improvements for longevity.* The top trends for aging in place include access and lighting improvements throughout the home, moving bedrooms to the main floor with more accessible closets and beds, creating kitchens that are more accessible for wheelchair use, and partnering with providers who offer home assistance services.*
Older adults are also preparing for the next stage in life to live life to the fullest.
Many are transforming good intentions into new lifestyle habits to age well. According to Kay Van Norman, President of Brilliant Aging, older adults are spending more time deciding where they want to live, what they want to do, and what they need to do to make that happen. They are making plans to create a strong foundation for lifelong health.*
Marc Middleton, author of Growing Bolder and creator of the Growing Bolder Ambassador Movement, is rebranding aging with energy and enthusiasm for life. Middleton aspires to the belief that you don’t have to dread aging. He believes that this new life stage can become an exciting journey!
According to Dr. John Sigle, founder of the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois, “many of our older adults are undergoing a major transformation in their lives. They are changing their lifestyle and fine tuning their bodies to prepare for the next stage. Many of them seek help to resolve long-standing foot problems to resolve pain and improve mobility.”
According to the American College for Foot and Ankle Surgeons, there is a common misconception that growing older means having to cope with sore feet; however, foot pain is not the consequence of aging. Although many older adults have foot pain, aging alone is not responsible. Foot pain is not a normal part of aging.
According to Dr. Grant Gonzalez, Associate podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois, “most common foot and ankle problems can be treated successfully with the right diagnosis, conservative treatments, and proper rehabilitation. Some conditions require more advanced diagnosis and surgical corrections. We use advanced 3D CT Imaging to diagnose and preplan surgeries for bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, and Flatt-foot corrections.”
According to Dr. Sigle, some of the more serious foot and ankle problems associated with aging include joint deterioration that often lead to painful Arthritis. “Arthritis in the big toe (Hallux Rigidus) is a common problem that causes improper biomechanics and structural abnormalities of the foot. The ankle is also prone to Arthritis if there is a history of trauma or sprains. Often, these conditions lead to end-stage Arthritis requiring advanced surgery.”
According to Dr. Gonzalez, “We encourage older adults to take proactive steps to live an independent lifestyle. We will partner with you to reach your goals and transition to the next stage of life!”
If you are seeking advanced foot and ankle surgeons call the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois at (217) 787-2700 to schedule an appointment. Clinics are located in Springfield, Decatur, Taylorville, Carlinville, Shelbyville, and Sullivan. Visit the medical library at myfootandanklecenter.com to obtain information on foot and ankle treatments.
*Growing Bolder/Spring 19
Have Plantar Fasciitis? We Can Help!
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Podiatrists offer treatments that can provide relief from plantar fasciitis. Dr. John Sigle and Dr. Grant Gonzalez at Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois, which has offices in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL, offer a complete range of podiatric services. Read on to find out how we can help with plantar fasciitis.
#1- Orthotic Devices. Your healthcare provider may recommend custom orthotic devices to manage your condition. Orthotics are specially-made devices designed to comfort and support your feet. Research has shown that these devices improve function and reduce foot pain.
#2- Medications. Plantar fasciitis is often treated with medications such as ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve). You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your doctor. Be sure to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.
#3- Cortisone Shots. If your pain is severe or doesn't respond to oral medications, you might want to think about getting a cortisone injection. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections offer quick relief for foot pain and inflammation. Cortisone injections allow your doctor to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area.
#4- Stretches. Your podiatrist may prescribe stretching exercises to treat your condition. You'll learn exercises to stretch and strengthen your Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, and lower leg muscles. Stretching exercises are an effective way to manage and prevent foot pain. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning.
#5- Night Splints. To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may recommend a night splint. Night splints hold your foot in a certain position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. It gently stretches the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia and keeps them from getting tight during the night.
#6- ESWT. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is an effective treatment for persistent plantar fasciitis. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy utilizes the application of high-intensity radiation. It stimulates blood flow in the foot and promotes healing.
Whether your goal is getting back to work, sports, or just enjoying life, our talented podiatrists Dr. John Sigle and Dr. Grant Gonzalez can help. Call Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois at 217-787-2700 today to schedule a consultation in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL. We want you to have a wonderful life!
Ingrown toenails are a common problem. Depending on the severity, they can cause everything from mild irritation and discomfort to infection and significant pain. Toenails become ingrown when a corner of the nail grows into the skin, and while they are most common in the big toe, they can affect the other toes as well. Although some ingrown toenails can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, if the toe becomes infected or if you have diabetes, a podiatrist may have to remove the ingrown portion of the nail to avoid complications. If you are experiencing this issue, the podiatry and chiropractic team at Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield offers treatment options for a range of conditions.
Ingrown Toenail Prevention and Treatment in Springfield, IL
The best way to prevent a toenail from becoming ingrown is to trim them regularly, making sure to cut them neatly straight across and avoid rough, jagged edges. If you have diabetes, even minor podiatry problems like an ingrown toenail or blister can lead to potentially serious complications. In order to keep your feet healthy, visit a podiatrist for regular check-ups and maintenance. Other things you can do to protect yourself from ingrown toenails include wearing comfortable shoes with ample room to move the toes comfortably.
Causes and Risk Factors for Ingrown Toenails
The two most common causes of an ingrown toenail are cutting the toenails too short or at an angle, and wearing uncomfortable or poorly fitting shoes that squeeze the toes. Trauma and the natural shape and growth patterns of your toenails can also make them more susceptible to becoming ingrown.
If the nail becomes infected, a podiatrist may remove the ingrown portion and prescribe medication to treat the infection. Conservative treatments include soaking the foot in warm water and wearing comfortable supportive shoes to relieve pressure on the toes.
Find a Podiatrist
For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL today to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists or chiropractors.
What do I do?
Since your feet bare the brunt of your weight, it is important to take extra precautions while working to protect them from harm. When your job requires you to stand on your feet for a long period of time, work in potentially hazardous areas, or with potentially hazardous materials, you have some risk of foot injury. Productive workers depend on their ability to walk and move about safely, with ease and comfort. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 120,000 job-related foot injuries in any given year, with one-third of them being toe injuries.
Follow Proper Guidelines
- Washing your feet daily
- Drying them thoroughly
- Checking your feet for corns, calluses and cracks
- Keeping your feet warm
- Trimming your toenails straight across
- Visiting your podiatrist.
- Wearing protective footwear for each activity
- Develop safe work habits and attitudes
- Be aware of the hazards of your job
- Be alert and watch for hidden hazards
- Watch out for other workers’ safety
- Follow the rules and don’t cut corners