Official Blog of Dr. Peter F. Gregory and his Foot Health Team
Feet need support. Feet without proper support are prone to serious physical problems. So for those who have experienced problems related to their feet, hips, knees, and even around their lower back, there are several solutions that can help.
One such solution is foot orthotics for extra support. Podiatrists and other medical professionals have long recommended wearing foot orthotics as a solution to foot and back problems.
For those interested in learning more about foot orthotics, here are several tips on choosing and wearing orthotics for foot support.
- For patients who already wear foot orthotics, don't try to fix what isn't broken. If your orthotic works for you and you don't have foot pain, ask your foot doctor for a design similar to what you are accustomed to.
- Foot orthotics must be broken in over a short period of time. Remember that fact when you first get them. You must wear your orthotics for a short time at first, gradually working up to regular wear. Try an hour or so a day and increase the time from there.
- Talk to your podiatrist about your choice of footwear before receiving foot orthotics. Working with your doctor on design and implementation for each type of shoe that you have will ensure that you have support in each pair that you own.
- Avoid vigorous and strenuous physical activity for a period of time after you receive your orthotics. Athletic shoes with orthotics also require a wearing in time so that your foot can adapt to the new and more beneficial posture.
- If you experience any type of pain or discomfort, like arching feet or blisters, during the wearing in time period, talk to your podiatrist about finding a solution.
Foot orthotics are a wonderful solution for people with feet, leg, and back pain. If you think you might benefit from orthotic inserts, talk to The Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. today at 734-522-7676.
One of the most important purchases on any parent’s shopping list should be a pair of proper fitting shoes for their child. The Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. would like to share several important factors that parents should consider while back to school shopping:
· Children’s Feet Change with Age. Shoe and sock sizes may change
every few months as a child’s feet grow.
· Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet. Always
measure the child's feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs
· Never Hand Down Footwear. Just because a shoe size fits one child
comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also,
sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete's foot and nail fungus.
· Examine the Heels. Children may wear through the heels of their shoes
quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can
indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.
· Take Your Child Shoe Shopping. Every shoe fits differently. Letting a
child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot
habits down the road.
· Always Buy for the Larger Foot. Feet are seldom precisely the same
· Buy Shoes That Do Not Need a “Break-In” Period. Shoes should be
comfortable immediately. Also make sure to have your child try on
shoes with socks or tights, if that’s how they'll be worn.
· Consider Closed Toe Shoes. Covering the child’s toes allows for more
Do Your Child's Shoes "Make The Grade?"
· Look For a Stiff Heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It
· Check Toe Flexibility. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It
shouldn't be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.
· Select a Shoe With a Rigid Middle. Does your shoe twist? Your shoe
should never twist in the middle.
· Are the shoes secure on the foot? Laces or Velcro are best to hold the
foot in place.
If your child is experiencing foot pain or you have other concerns, please make an appointment today by calling 734-522-7676
Your feet tell a story...We are here to listen!
Here at the Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. we help patients overcome foot issues daily. Many common foot ailments that can be a breeze to treat for some people can cause a huge pain in the foot for diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, here are a few common issues to look out for:
Foot Ulcers -- Ulcers are cracks or sores that go deep into the skin of your foot. For someone with diabetes, an ulcer can start out as a mild blister from a shoe rubbing on your toes or a small cut on your foot. Untreated ulcers can grow to become serious infections, which can need surgery.
Blisters -- For diabetic patients, blisters can become a serious concern. If left untreated, they can lead to a nasty infection. If you notice a blister forming on your foot, call your podiatrist, and never pop it open.
Neuropathy -- High levels of glucose in your body can leave the nerves in your extremities damaged, leading to a lack of sensation in your feet. This doesn’t directly cause pain, but can make it difficult to notice a blister, wound, or crack on your foot. These blemishes can be serious if left untreated.
Fungal Nails -- Circulation issues and diabetes often go hand-in-hand. This makes fungal nails more difficult to treat and potentially more problematic. If topical solutions don’t rid your toenails of fungus, your podiatrist can help prescribe a regimen of oral medication.
Athlete’s Foot -- Dry skin associated with diabetes can leave your skin more prone to bacteria. Even tiny cracks can make athlete’s foot difficult to treat for a diabetic patient. Chat with your podiatrist for a solid solution to stop this infection.
Dr. Gregory is a Board-Certified podiatrist well-versed in diabetic foot care. If you are diabetic and dealing with any of the above foot ailments, or suffering from any other issues, call our Livonia office at 734-522-7676 today.
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Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of wide array of foot and ankle problems. At the Health Care Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. ultrasound may be ordered to help diagnose your foot problem. We use ultrasound typically for soft tissue problems, not bone conditions. Some of the foot and ankle disorders that ultrasound may be used for are the following:
· Foreign bodies
· Morton's neuroma
· Soft tissue masses
· Bursitis or capsulitis of the joints
· Ligament injuries
· Tendonitis or tendon tears
· Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis
· Tarsal tunnel syndrome
· Ultrasound guided injection or aspirations
What is Ultrasound? Most people know about ultrasound to image a baby or a gallbladder, but it has growing application in musculoskeletal disorders. Ultrasound is based on sound waves. Sound waves are emitted from a transducer probe that is applied to the body and these sound waves will pass into the body and then are reflected back to the transducer probe to be recorded. The recorded image is based on the density of the object that the sound waves encounter. An object with a high density appears white or brighter on the recorded image, while objects of low density will appear black or dark on the image. Intermediate densities will appear gray. The sound waves are recorded back to the machine, which will produce the image. This image will appear on our ultrasound screen and you the patient can immediately see the area that the technician is scanning and help to understand the problem you are having. This helps in directing the appropriate treatment for your condition.
Ultrasound is completely safe and painless. It also has no contraindications. There is no problem in having the examination if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or other medical conditions that may prevent you from having a MRI or CT scan. Ultrasound also does not produce any radiation as with a CT scan or x-rays.
In preparing for the examination, you can eat and take your normal medications. The examination will take from 45 minutes to an hour based on the area being scanned. It is advised that you bath the day of the examination but avoid the use of any skin lotions or emollients. Also you should where loose fitting clothing or shorts to make it easier to perform the examination.
Patients come to our Livonia office for a wide range of foot and ankle issues, but one that seems to cause the most embarrassment is fungal toenails. This condition results in nails that are yellowed, thickened, crumbly, and unsightly. We want you to feel comfortable showing off your feet to the world, so let’s take a look at how to prevent fungal toenails from developing.
Not only is this condition embarrassing, it can also be a potential health threat to those who live with diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. These individuals have extra incentive for avoiding infection, but we know that no one wants to develop this problem.
Our practice provides effective treatment for this condition, but we are sure you’d rather avoid it in the first place. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent toenail fungus from developing. These include:
· Practice good hygienic practices. Wash your feet daily, using soap and water, and then make sure you dry them thoroughly before putting on socks and shoes. Also, keeping your nails trimmed and properly maintained will reduce your infection risk.
· Wear moisture-wicking socks. Fungi need moisture to survive, so keeping your feet dry is essential.
· Choose footwear that breathes. In addition to socks that wick away moisture, shoes made from materials that allow the feet to breathe will lower your risk.
· Use antifungal powders or spray. Treat your footwear with antifungal agents to eliminate spores that might be hiding inside.
· Protect your feet in public places. Gym locker rooms and indoor pool decks are common sources of infection, so be sure to wear shower shoes or sandals if you are walking in such areas.
We hope that you are able to avoid an infection through the use of these tips, but keep in mind that we are always here to provide the treatment you need if an infection does occur. The Foot Health Team at Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. offers first-class skin and nail care for your feet and ankles, including effective toenail fungus treatment.
Don’t suffer from the embarrassment that comes with infected toenails! Simply give our Livonia office a call at 734-522-7676 for more information or to schedule an appointment today.
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