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Podiatrist in Chardon, Mayfield Village, Painesville, OH - Robert Weaver, DPM
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Pedicure Do's and Dont's
Get Your Feet Ready For Spring Break
Icy Conditions Cause Falls and Broken Ankles
Tips to Keep Feet Happy this Holiday Season
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat”
Taking a vacation? Make it easy on your feet
Step into spring on a healthy foot!
Foot and Ankle Health in the Winter Weather
3 top tips to find the perfect winter boot!

Pedicure Dos and Don'ts

Whether you like to get a pedicure in the nail salon or perform your own pedicure at home, please follow these easy Dos and Don'ts provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association to keep your feet looking and feeling their best.

Pedicure Dos and Donts

Dos

  • If you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, please contact our office, 440-442-3113, for a recommendation on a customized pedicure that you and/or your salon can follow for optimal foot health.
  • Schedule your pedicure first thing in the morning. Salon foot baths are typically cleanest earlier in the day. If you're not a morning person, make sure that the salon filters and cleans the foot bath between clients.
  • Bring your own pedicure utensils to the salon. Bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn't use proper sterilization techniques.
  • When eliminating thick, dead skin build-up, also known as calluses, on the heel, ball and sides of the feet, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub. Soak feet in warm water for at least five minutes, then use the stone, scrub, or foot file to gently smooth calluses and other rough patches.
  • When trimming nails, use a toenail clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenail is cut straight across. Other tools like manicure scissors or fingernail clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails because of their small, curved shape. Please contact our office for an appointment if you have a tendency to develop ingrown toenails.
  • To smooth nail edges, use an emery board. File lightly in one direction without using too much pressure, being sure not to scrape the nail's surface.
  • Gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to keep them clean. This helps remove the dirt and build-up you may or may not be able to see.
  • Maintain the proper moisture balance of the skin on your feet by applying emollient-enriched moisturizer to keep soles soft.
  • Make sure to remove polish regularly using non-acetone nail polish remover.

Donts

  • Resist the urge to shave your legs before receiving a pedicure. Freshly shaven legs or small cuts on your legs may allow bacteria to enter.
  • If you are receiving a pedicure and/or manicure, don't use the same tools for both services as bacteria and fungus can transfer between fingers and toes.
  • Although certain salons offer this technique, don't allow technicians to use a foot razor to remove dead skin. Using a razor can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly and can easily cause infection if too much skin is removed.
  • Don't round the edges of your toenails. This type of shape increases the chances that painful ingrown toenails will develop.
  • Emery boards are extremely porous and can trap germs that spread. Since they can't be sterilized, don't share nail files with friends and be sure to bring your own to the salon, unless you are sure that the salon replaces them with each customer.
  • Don't use any sharp tools to clean under nails. Using anything sharp makes it easy to puncture the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
  • Be sure that you don't leave any moisture between toes. Anything left behind can promote the development of athlete's foot or a fungal infection.
  • If you suffer from thick and discolored toenails, which could be a sign of a fungal infection, don't apply nail polish to cover up the problem. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn't allow the nail bed to "breathe." Once you fix the underlying issue, then it is safe to paint nails. If the problem persists, please call the office for an appointment, 440-442-3113. We are here to help!!!!

Get Your Feet Ready For Spring Break

Are you or your family beach-bound for spring break? Are you going to replace your toasty Uggs for sandals? This dream vacation can come with its own set of problems for your tootsies. Even if you are lounging, soaking up the rays poolside, your feet are still vulnerable. You can sunburn your feet and no matter how upscale your hotel, athlete's foot can lurk in all public pool areas.

Spring Foot Care

Wouldn't you rather spend time collecting sea shells than doctor's bills? No worries. Listed below are ways to prevent these future foot predicaments, so you can go back to your sun-kissed dreams:

  • Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete's foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.
  • Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections.
  • Apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don't forget to reapply after you've been in the water.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
  • Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
  • Some activities at the beach, lake or river may require different types of footwear to be worn, so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.

In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with the following:

  • Flip flops – for the pool, spa, hotel room, and airport security check points.
  • Sterile bandages – for covering minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Antibiotic cream – to treat any skin injury.
  • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet.
  • Blister pads or moleskin – to protect against blisters.
  • Toenail clippers – to keep toenails trimmed.
  • Emery board – to smooth rough edges or broken nails.
  • Sunscreen – to protect against the scorching sun.
  • Aloe vera or Silvadene cream – to relieve sunburns.

If you experience any foot problems while on vacation, please give our an office a call when you return, 440-442-3113, we are here to help!


Icy Conditions Cause Falls and Broken Ankles
January 2017

Foot care and the holidays

With winter still present here in Northeast Ohio, serious injuries from ice-related falls inevitably occur. Falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures, and it’s critical to seek prompt treatment to prevent further damage that can prolong recovery.

The ankle joint is vulnerable to serious injury from hard falls on ice. Ice accelerates the fall and often causes more severe trauma because the foot can go in any direction after slipping.

In cases of less severe fractures and sprains, it’s possible to walk and mistakenly believe the injury doesn’t require medical treatment. Never assume the ability to walk means your ankle isn’t broken or badly sprained. Putting weight on the injured joint can worsen the problem and lead to chronic instability, joint pain and arthritis later in life.

Some people may fracture and sprain an ankle at the same time, and a bad sprain can mask the fracture.

It’s best to have an injured ankle evaluated as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you can’t see a foot and ankle surgeon or visit the emergency room right away, follow the RICE technique – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – until medical care is available.

Symptoms of ankle sprains and fractures are similar, fractures are associated with:

  • Pain at the site of the fracture that can extend from the foot to the knee
  • Significant swelling
  • Blisters over the fracture site
  • Bruising soon after the injury
  • Bone protruding through the skin—a compound fracture, which requires immediate attention!

Most ankle fractures and some sprains are treated by immobilizing the joint in a cast or splint to foster union and healing. However, surgery may be needed to repair fractures with significant malalignment to unite bone fragments and realign them properly.

Please schedule an appointment if you have injured your ankle in any way. We are here to help, 440-442-3113!


Tips to Keep Feet Happy this Holiday Season
November 2016

Foot care and the holidays

Holiday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you’re making all that merriment, how happy are your feet?

You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing and/or sitting in one position throughout the holiday season.

No one wants soreness or injuries to slow them down during the holidays, so it’s important to care for your feet so they can carry you through all the seasonal celebrations and chores.

Please follow the advice below to keep your feet healthy (and happy) this holiday season:

  • Moisturize – Dry winter air and cold temperatures can take a toll on skin. Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin.
  • Exercise your feet – Stretching is a good way to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.
  • Pedicure properly – Picture-perfect toes are part of a great holiday wardrobe for many women. Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, be sure your pedicure is done properly. Never use a razor to remove dead skin – opt for a good pumice stone instead. Don’t cut cuticles; push them back gently. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across.
  • Raise your legs – Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position (taking a long flight to grandma’s house for the holidays, for example) or if you’ve been on your feet all day (shopping, baking or cooking). Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lay or sit and lift your legs above your heart.
  • Wear smart shoes – OK, so you’ll never give up your sparkly high heels when it’s time for that special soiree. But for other holiday activities such as shopping, traveling or cooking, ditch the high heels. When you know you’ll be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole.
  • Get help – Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. Persistent foot pain can be an indication of injury, irritation or illness, so please call our office, 440-442-3113. We are here to help!

*This information was provided by the APMA.


Taking a vacation? Make it easy on your feet
July 2016

Foot and Ankle Health in Spring

Although rest and relaxation are the goals for most vacations, they usually involve a lot of walking and a lot of walking usually involves sore feet.

Walking is great exercise and one of the most reliable forms of transportation, but if your feet aren’t in the best shape or you don’t have the right shoes, too much walking can cause foot problems.

Good foot care is essential if you plan to subject your feet to long periods of walking. Some simple foot care tips include:

  • Wear thick, absorbent socks (acrylic instead of cotton).
  • Dry feet thoroughly after bathing, making sure to dry between toes. Use powder before putting on shoes.
  • Nails should be cut regularly, straight across the toe.
  • Bunions, hammertoes or any other serious foot problems should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon.

The right shoe is also important to healthy walking. The ideal walking shoe should be stable from side to side, and well-cushioned, and it should enable you to walk smoothly. Many running shoes will fit the bill. There are also shoes made especially for walking. Walking shoes tend to be slightly less cushioned, yet not as bulky, and lighter than running shoes. Whether a walking or running shoe, the shoes need to feel stable and comfortable.

Warming up exercises to help alleviate any muscle stiffness or pulled muscles are also advised before walking. Loosening up the heel cords (Achilles and calf) and thigh muscles before a walk is especially effective.

If you’re not accustomed to long walks, start slowly and rest if your feet start hurting. And above all, have fun!

If you have any further questions and/or concerns or went on vacation and have continued foot pain please contact our office for an appointment, 440-442-3113. We are here to help!


Step into spring on a healthy foot!
March 2016

Foot and Ankle Health in Spring

Spring is here and it’s time to get outside and enjoy activities like biking, walking, hiking and running. However, please be cautious! Sudden increased activity following a winter of inactivity can result in unwanted heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis.This painful condition results from inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Starting repetitive activities such as a new exercise routine, even continuous standing or walking on a daily basis, can put a lot of stress and strain on the ligaments in the foot, resulting in the inflammation and pain. The good news is heel pain can be cured. The key to success is seeking early treatment. Early treatment consisting of:

  • stretching exercises
  • physical therapy
  • footwear modifications and wear of over the counter and/or custom inserts
  • activity limitations
  • anti-inflammatory medications

Approximately 85% of patients with plantar fasciitis respond to non-surgical treatment, however, if, after several months of non-surgical treatment, you continue to have heel pain, surgical options can be discussed and we would be happy to discuss these options with you.

Don’t let heel pain stop you from enjoying the beauty of spring. If you are suffering from heel pain, please give our office a call for a consultation, 440-442-3113. We are here to help. Step into spring on a healthy foot!


Foot and Ankle Health in the Winter Weather
February 2016

Foot and Ankle Health in Winter Weather

As winter is still present here in the Cleveland area we here at Dr Robert Weaver DPM would like you to enjoy all the winter outdoor activities, ice skating, hockey, sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other cold wintery activities, injury-free. Each of these activities keep you active during the colder months of the year, however, can be the culprit for many injuries.

Broken bones are amongst the most common injuries in the wintertime. In winter sports, there are a lot of slips and falls that can particularly target your foot and ankle.

The most commonly broken bone is the tibia, aka your shin bone. In your ankle there are 3 main bones that work together, the tibia, fibula, and talus. Most of the time your tibia is the bone that takes most of the impact when trauma or fall is sustained.

Physically active children and adults are used to getting bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries, however, there are common signs that you can check for to indicate a fracture. First, the inability to play or weight-bear following an acute or sudden injury. Secondly, decreased ability to play due to a chronic or long-term complication following a previous injury. Thirdly, physical deformity of the limb or joint, example bump and/or lump. Catching these injuries early is better for you or your child, it will help to prevent a minor injury from turning into a serious one.

There are many forms of treatment for ankle fractures, including cast and crutches, however more serious fractures may require surgery.

If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health, in the wintery weather and safety precautions don’t hesitate to give our office, 440-442-3113. We are here to help!


3 top tips to find the perfect winter boot!
January 2016

Since winter as finally arrived in Cleveland, winter boots have become a popular footwear choice. With so many boots to choose from, we’re here to help navigate to towards the best choice for your foot!

Winter Boots
  1. Heel Height
    Look at the gradient from the heel to the toes and ideally choose a boot which has less than a two inch heel.
  2. Innersole
    Check the innersole of the boot. Does it come out? Is it thick and cushioning? If so… PERFECT!! That is a good sign it will offer the foot great support.
  3. Comfortable upper
    Check the material of the boot. Is it firm? Does it hold well when under the pressure of your hand? You want to find a boot that is strong enough to support your foot and not flimsy or buckling under your weight and/or feet of snow.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, 440-442-3113. We are here to help keep you feet warm and safe this winter!





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Chardon, OH 44024
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