Posts for category: Podiatry
While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.
We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.
Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:
- Your child’s age
- The shoe’s material
- Your child’s shoe size
- The shoe’s structure
A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.
As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!
Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.
Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.
When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
The summer after my sophomore year of college I taught pre-school swimming lessons at my local YMCA. Imagine my surprise last week when one of my old swimming students was conducting occupational interviews for a high school project (I feel SO old!) and asked for my input. I filled out my interview and emailed it back to her. This got me to thinking about how many people, even people reading this blog, know very little about podiatry. Whenever I see a patient who is preparing for college or a patient who is the parent of a student preparing for college, I can’t say enough good things about my chosen field. I love what I do, and I would love to share my profession with all of you. To do that, here is a copy of the interview I filled out earlier this week. Welcome to Podiatry 101.
Name: Hillarie Sizemore Amburgey
Occupation: Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Surgeon) at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care
Years of Experience:4.5
How would you describe what you do?
I diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems in adults and children. I specialize in congenital disorders, sports injuries, diabetic foot care, and minor and reconstructive surgery of the feet and ankles.
What is your average day like?
No day is alike, which is one of the things I love the most about my job. I typically see patients in my office 5 days a week and do surgery a half or whole day a week. If I have a patient that I am seeing in the hospital then I go see them (round on them) either on my lunch break or after regular work hours.
What kind of hours do you work? Do you have to work weekends, holidays or call?
I work from 8-5pm in the office 5 days a week. On days that I have surgery then I am at the hospital by 6:45 or 7am. If I have a patient in the hospital then my day usually ends around 7pm. I am on call every 3rd week and weekend. Our office is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.
What kind of training or education did you complete?
I completed undergraduate college in 3 years, and then went to a podiatric medical school for 4 years. Then I completed 3 years of residency training.
How long did it take for you to find a job once you completed your education or training?
I found a job before I completed residency.
Do people in your occupation all have a similar job duty or is there variety?
There is some variety. All podiatrists have surgical training; however some prefer not to do surgery. Podiatrists are employed in private practice, at hospitals, wound care centers and sports medicine clinics. Some very specialized podiatrists just specialize in the treatment of foot problems in children.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The interaction with my patients. They are constant sources of jokes and the weather forecast. I laugh and cry with them. And I am always learning new things from them.
What is your least favorite part of your job?
The pressure to change my treatment plan or what I think is best for my patient because their insurance won’t pay for it, and they can’t afford it. It is a shame that insurances and people with no medical education have so much influence on patient care.
How did you decide on your career?
I shadowed a podiatrist and liked what I saw. I felt that he had a good quality of life, was helping people every day, and had a great relationship with his patients.
What are three qualities that would help someone succeed in your career (e.g. creative, organized)?
You will need to be…….
1. Self-motivating- You will need to push yourself through school and residency. The learning never ends. I still study every week.
2. Likeable- A medical practice is still a business, and your business will fail if your customers don’t like you. If your patients like you they are more likely to take your advice and refer you to their friends and family.
3. Compassionate- Foot pain and problems get in the way of people’s lives in a big way. People that can’t walk without pain are more likely to lead sedentary lives and become depressed. It’s important to remember this and to try to empathize with your patients.
Would you encourage young people to pursue your occupation?
If it’s what they really want to do, yes. If they see a future of sports cars, tropical vacations, and mansions in their future, then they should probably look into doing something else with their life. Healthcare has changed quite a bit in the past 10 years, and I believe it will change a lot more in the next 5-10 years. The cost of a medical education is around $200,000.00, and in this day and age of decreased reimbursements (payments) that is a big financial burden. For many physicians it can take upwards of 30 years to pay off these loans.
What are some fun facts or interesting stories from your job?
I have a lot of funny and gross stories. Sometimes patients come in with maggots crawling out of their foot wounds. This is cleaning the wound of dead tissue and is actually good for it (but we usually clean them off anyway).
I have also used leeches to stimulate blood flow to a foot with decreased circulation.
I would estimate that about 5 times a week (at least!) I am asked why I would want to look at peoples feet every day. And I usually (Jokingly) respond that I have a foot fetish. Then I go on and on about all the things that I love about my job J.