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Sue Asher of Manville, NJ is an instructor for a local aqua aerobics class. Twice a week she and a couple dozen older individuals from the area gather in the local swimming pool and exercise their feet, arms, and legs. Though the workout isn’t designed to be very demanding, it does help improve muscle strength and prevent the onset of joint problems like arthritis.

“Class starts at 10:45 but between 10:30 and 10:45 we catch up on things that are happening in the town, happening with the senior citizens and it is our social time,” Asher stated. “Then we do our exercises and work hard.”

Swimming is a great way for the elderly and people with arthritic feet to get exercise. If you have any questions about the benefits of swimming on the feet, consider contacting podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will explain the unique health advantages this activity has and recommend some simple exercises for you to do.

Benefits of Swimming and Foot care

Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.

Benefits of swimming:

Improve blood circulation

  • Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet

Relieve aches or pains

  • It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and     improves blood flow to them.

Circulation overall for diabetics

  • Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.

Reduce foot inflammation

  • Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move       and stretch the afflicted foot. The feet are also exposed in water, giving them much needed air.

Swimming the helpful alternative:

Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham and Columbus, Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Swindon Advertiser: Yaser KasimSwindon Town player Yaser Kasim incurred some nerve damage in his foot recently, making it necessary for him to take some time off during the early days of the preseason. He was absent from the Robins’ games against Eastleigh and Petersfield, although he did make an appearance during their loss to Southampton.

During another game, the Robins’ recent loss against the Saints, Kasim was used as a sweeper instead of his usual role as midfielder. “I need to do what’s good for me and what’s right for me to be ready for the season and help the team,” he said. “That’s all you can do at the moment.”

Nerve disorders of the feet and ankles can sometimes be serious, so they should always be treated by a medical professional. For assistance with such nerve problems, call up podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can answer any questions you have about your condition and get you the expert care you need.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.
There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. 
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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham and Columbus, Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Bunions New research from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society claims that 88% of U.S. women wear shoes that aren’t the right size. It’s probable that many people don’t know their actual shoe size, leading them to buy footwear that doesn’t fit them correctly. This has especially become a problem due to the increased popularity of online shopping.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society’s data also shows that about 55% of women in the U.S. have bunions. This is less surprising considering that bunions often develop as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes, along with corns, hammertoes, and many other types of foot conditions.

Bunions are painful bone deformities that can make you miserable if they become too enlarged. If you think you have bunions, contact podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can evaluate your condition and help you decide whether or not you would like to have surgery done.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham and Columbus, Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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