Posts for: September, 2012
Not too long ago many of us thought that turning 60 meant entering your twilight years, retiring from a career, taking up a hobby, babysitting the grand kids, and hoping for your health to hold out until you reached the golden years. However, as the baby boomers morph into senior citizens, they are ushering in a totally new definition of what old age really is, and reinventing this new stage of life. Now it’s common to see celebrities like Christie Brinkley, Susan Victoria Lucci, and Chuck Norris on exercise commercials perhaps suggesting that the 60 is starting to become the new 40. Even our favorite block buster stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Harrison Ford are resuming their old action hero roles. Hence, it seems as though a whole wave of people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are certainly not ready to trade in their active and more youthful roles for walkers and wheelchairs.
The baby boomers are becoming the driving force behind this movement. As the population moves into their encore years, they are embracing this period of time and trying to live longer and healthier lives. Unfortunately, as we get older so do our feet. Because the typical person has walked over 75,000 miles by time they turn 65, foot problems are often the first signs that we are aging. The fountain of youth is not out of reach for people with foot and ankle problems. It is possible to turn back the clock to improve the condition of your feet. The most important way to do this is to have a podiatrist provide a thorough evaluation of your feet and to get you on the right course of action.
As we age, there are many predisposing conditions such as flat feet, pronation or supination, peripheral neuropathy, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, foot trauma, and vascular problems that make an individual more susceptible to foot problems. However, restoring the healthy condition of your feet may be as easy as giving your feet a little tender loving care to protect them from any further damage and assault, practicing good hygiene, knowing what shoes or foot products to purchase, or altering your exercise and fitness activities. New non-invasive laser technologies are available that are incredibly effective at restoring the beauty of your feet and eliminating aches and pain. Other new products and surgical remedies are available to restore your mobility and to relieve pain.
Unfortunately, unresolved foot and ankle problems may lead to a series of consequences such as pain, less movement, weight gain, unnatural gait, imbalance, falls, sprains, and broken bones. Before we can reverse the clock to achieve more youthful feet, it is necessary to recognize the signs of aging. For those of you who are aspiring to feel 20 years younger, it is essential to become more aware of your feet and to care for them properly. Fortunately, new advancements in medical products, therapies, and surgical options are available to address a wide range of problems. Consult with Dr. Sigle at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois to turn back the clock of time on your foot problems.
Chronic ankle instability (unstable ankle) is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer side of the ankle. It most often develops following an ankle sprain. When the stretched or torn ligaments do no heal properly or completely, ankle instability is often the result.
If you have chronic ankle instability, you may find it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces. Other symptoms include a repeated turning of the ankle during physical activity, tenderness, and persistent discomfort and swelling.
Treatment for an unstable ankle will depend on the degree of instability. Bracing, medications and physical therapy are all conservative treatment options that may help strengthen your weakened ankle. Often patients with ankle instability can be treated without surgery by strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint; avoiding and or limiting high impact activities; and using a supportive brace to decrease the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.
In severe cases or when conservative treatments aren’t successful, your podiatrist may recommend surgery, which involves repair or reconstruction of the damaged ligaments.
If your ankle feels unstable or if you have had recurring ankle sprains, visit Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois for an evaluation. Left untreated, chronic ankle instability leads to activity restrictions, tendon complications, arthritis and continued instability. Our Springfield podiatrists can provide a recommended treatment plan based on the severity of your instability so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy.