Find out exactly what issues might arise if your feet don’t get proper arch support.
So many people could truly benefit from wearing arch support, and yet, never even know that they should. You don’t have to be an avid runner or athlete to need arch supports. From the office of your Memphis, TN podiatrist Dr. Nathan Lucas, find out why arch supports are important for your feet.
They Reduce or Prevent Foot Pain
Foot pain is an issue that affects countless people at some point in their lives. Foot pain can make everyday tasks and mobility, a miserable challenge. Whether your foot pain is due to an inflammatory condition like plantar fasciitis or an injury, your Memphis, TN foot doctor might just recommend wearing arch supports to reduce discomfort and to help you move around more comfortably.
They Offer More Support
Just as the name suggests, arch supports provide additional cushioning that many feet might need. Whether you suffer from flat feet or a foot problem like Achilles tendonitis, arch supports can provide the additional comfort and support your feet need to make mobility much easier.
Offer a Firmer Foundation
If your shoes are too old than they might not provide the strong, supportive foundation that your feet need. Whether you have had running shoes that need to be tossed or you have a favorite pair of shoes that you just can’t part with you may be able to remedy the situation with a good old set of arch supports. They can easily be placed into your shoes to provide more comfort and support than just your old pair of shoes can alone.
If you are suffering from a foot problem that is leaving you with pain or discomfort now is the time to talk to our Memphis, TN foot expert about getting arch supports. They may be the answer your feet have been looking for. Give your feet the care and love they deserve. Call Dr. Lucas today!
Fat Pad Atrophy is a condition that refers to the loss of fat pads on feet, which causes thinning of the protective cushioning fat pad that sits under the bones, in the ball of the foot.
This is commonly seen in elderly people and can cause significant pain while walking, as the shock absorption from the fatty tissue is no longer there.
Without the fat pads the whole body weight shifts onto these bones with minimal to no protection. Therefore the load under this area is unable to be spread out effectively leading to pain, inflammation and over time possible damage to the bones.
Although plantar fat pad atrophy effects both men and women equally, the choice of footwear makes women more susceptible to developing pain and callouses on the ball of the foot. Callus that is not treated may lead to ulceration of the underlying tissue.
Similarly, there is a fat pad under the heel bone, as we stand or walk, the body weight is transferred through the heels and ball of the foot, so both these areas need protection.
With time and age, the fat pad on the bottom of our feet begins to atrophy, losing its thickness and resilience. This is termed "plantar fat pad atrophy." Deep tissue atrophy can also be found in the toes and heel. It is a normal, albeit unfortunate, aging process and can contribute to considerable pain and deformity on the bottom of the foot and on top of the toes where corns may also be present.
Sadly, stylish and trendy womens shoes don't always take their wearer into consideration. Because many people are slaves to fashion and will sacrifice comfort and their feet for the sake of looking good in the short term, accelerated damage is done to balls of the feet. Occasionally, fractures and soft tissue injuries occur, but most of the time it is just pain at the ball of the foot from loss of natural padding and/or the shift in this padding coupled with the increased pressure placed on the metatarsal heads from high heeled shoes.
Although conservative options are available, these are impractical for extremely stylish shoes. If you must wear Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, to name a few, you may be a candidate for this innovative procedure.
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Find out more about this common nerve condition and its treatments.
It’s believed that about 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. What is this condition that affects so many people and can cause a loss of sensation or feeling in the extremities? From the office of your Memphis podiatrist Dr. Nathan Lucas, find out more about this often chronic disorder and what we can do to help.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
This condition causes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which sends signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. If you have peripheral neuropathy you may experience some of these symptoms:
There are a variety of different kinds of peripheral neuropathies and so it’s important to seek medical attention to find out which kind you have so you can get the best and most effective treatment possible. One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, in which nerve damage most often occurs in the feet. If you start to experience any of the above symptoms in your feet then it’s time you visited your Memphis foot doctor.
How can our Memphis, TN foot expert help your condition?
If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy of the feet or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with us right away. If you have peripheral neuropathy it’s important that you examine your feet each day to check for other issues that may arise such as an open wound, sore or infection. By inspecting your feet each day you can protect against injuries or other complications.
You should also opt for shoes that give your feet room to move. Never go barefoot, as you can increase your chances of an injury. If you have also been diagnosed with diabetes you’ll need to monitor your blood sugar levels, as this can increase your chances of nerve damage. By taking the proper medication and by changing your lifestyle to include a healthier diet and more exercise you can prevent nerve damage in your feet.
It’s important to seek treatment for your neuropathy symptoms the minute they start. Call Dr. Lucas, the foot care expert in Memphis today!
INNOVATIVE AND RESTORATIVE TREATMENT WITHOUT SURGERY AND NARCOTICS
Do your suffer from one or more of the following?
What is Peripheral Neuropathy ?
Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves—the nerves in your toes and fingertips—are the ones on the periphery of your body. When the nerves are damaged, they don't function properly. People with peripheral neuropathy have decreased or abnormal sensation in their toes and fingers. Sometimes, they develop problems moving these parts of the body as well.
What Causes Neuropathy?
With so many ranging symptoms, how can you know where your neuropathy came from?
Just as with the symptoms, there are many causes of neuropathy. Several of the most common causes include diabetes, chemotherapy, vitamin B1, B6, B12, E, or Niacin deficiencies, alcohol, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,.
There is another category of neuropathy that is often diagnosed, called idiopathic neuropathy: this is diagnosed neuropathy with an unknown cause
If you are tired of living with the symptoms of neuropathy, let us suggest customized treatment options. We will review your history as well as perform a visual inspection extremities to assess reflexes, gait and balance. We will then incorporate our four components of therapy into your course of treatment.
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