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Marion Laverty. Picture: Ian RutherfordMarion Laverty, a 35 year old mother from Granton, plans to run a half-marathon on May 25th, even though she recently found out that she’s pregnant with her second child. Laverty had been training for some time before discovering that she’s expecting, and she doesn’t believe that she should stop just because of her pregnancy.

Her plan is to do simple aerobic exercises and light jogging to help her get ready for the race. “I’m not advocating every pregnant woman does it, but if it’s something you have always done, research will tell you that you are capable,” Laverty stated. “I’m doing a bit of research surrounding exercise in pregnancy. It’s OK to exercise moderately if that’s what you have done before, that’s the consensus.”

The body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, some of which can affect the health of one’s feet. If you or someone you know is pregnant, visit podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will provide you with comprehensive advice in regards to how to care for your feet before and after the baby arrives.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Obese, overweightA new study conducted by scientists at the University of Auckland has found that males who are the oldest children in their families may be more at risk of becoming obese than their younger siblings. Researchers looked at sets of younger and older brothers between ages 35 and 55, and with BMIs of 25-30.

On average the elder brothers weighed over 200 pounds, compared to 185 pounds in the younger brothers. The scientists hypothesize these differences may be due to factors such as increased insulin sensitivity in firstborns or changes in prenatal blood flow.

Obesity can be the cause of many foot and ankle woes. To learn about the adverse effects of obesity on the feet, contact podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will examine your feet and determine if your weight has caused any complications.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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foot exerciseResearch from the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests a good indication of your potential lifespan is your ability to rise from the floor unassisted.  The researchers wrote: "We found that the inability to sit and rise from the floor was related to lower survival, irrespective of age, sex and body mass index.” For those with difficulty doing so, however, could exercise help? The official report has no comment, “but exercise sure can't hurt,” Josh Karow, fitness director at the Rochester Athletic Club commented.

Experts blame excessive eating and drinking for the increase in those prone to obesity. Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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With Gout Awareness Day, actor Jim Belushi has worked together with Savient Pharmaceutical and CreakyJoints, a patient support group in determination to instruct the public about the misapprehended disease of gout. All three have created an online video that features people who experience the condition daily.

Belushi continues to aim awareness and encourages education about gout to communities. The informative video released on Gout Awareness Day takes on real-world experiences and physician's perspective on the condition. "Gout is a difficult condition to understand unless you or someone you're close to has experienced it," said Belushi, "We hope that this effort will inspire people with gout to speak up and have similarly candid conversations about gout online, in their local communities and with their doctors.”

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.  Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Description: Kim Kardashian InstargramKim Kardashian is currently experiencing the many aches, pains, and common symptoms that come with pregnancy. Recently, the reality TV star posted a picture to her Twitter feed. “Swollen feet or a new Givenchy tattoo?” the celebrity jokingly wrote as the caption for her picture.

Kardashian, enjoyed a date night with beau Kanye West while talking about her swollen feet. Swollen feet are a common occurrence in pregnant women, and not even celebrities such as Kardashian are invulnerable to the symptoms.

It is important that pregnant women care for their feet. If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismalis of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet. 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

• Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
• Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
• Wear shoes with good arch support
• Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
• Elevate feet if you experience swelling
• Massage your feet
• Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.