Posts for tag: Foot Care
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail starts to grow into the surrounding skin and cause irritation which can lead to an infection. Usually, the great toenails are affected but the lesser digits can also become affected. Ingrown toenails can occur due to many reasons-tight and narrow shoe gear, pedicures/improper nail cutting techniques, foot deformities such as bunions, sports and trauma. Some of the common signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails are localized redness, swelling and drainage with pain around the area.
An ingrown toenail should not be ignored as it can lead to a serious infection. Treatment options for ingrown toenails include warm water and Epsom salt soaks, topical/oral antibiotics and removal of the offending nail after local anesthesia. Some ways to prevent recurrent ingrown toenails are to wear wider shoe gear and trim nails straight across. If ingrown toenails become a chronic condition, a chemical agent can be used to prevent nail growth. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait too long to seek attention from a podiatrist!
A callus is dead, thickened skin that builds up on the bottom of your feet. They can be yellowish-red in color and they don't feel like the rest of the skin on your soles.
Calluses can build up anywhere on your body wherever friction and excess pressure happen.
Having a bunion increases your chances of developing a callus because it may change your gait and put pressure on one part of your foot .
People who are with certain foot types, as will a rapid weight gain in a short period of time, as, for example, women who are pregnant or going through menopause can be more prone as well.
Only let a Doctor remove calluses. Salons and other sources can be dangerous and lead to infection.
Injectable fillers are a new way to reduce calluses on the ball of the foot, which you typically get because you don't have enough cushioning to support the weight being placed on this area.It also alleviates the burning sensation many of us get in that area that makes it hard to wear heels.
Arteriosclerosis obliterans effects diabetics about 10 times more often than the non-diabetic population in a given age group. Diabetes probably accelerates the atherosclerotic process. It produces peripheral neuropathy, impairing the patients awareness of local trauma. Resistance to infection is often impaired.It enhances cerebral atherosclerosis.Diabetes interferes with the patient’s ability to care for one’s self and particularly one’s feet.
Since the feet or anatomically the farthest part of the body from the heart, circulation and neurologic changes most often become apparent in the feet before other parts of the body. Since we walk and bear weight on our feet, trauma to them is frequent.
Improved regulation of the diabetic with diet, insulin, and/or anti-diabetic drugs enables diabetics to live long enough to develop atherosclerosis and its complications which affect all vascular areas-the feet, as well as the brain, eyes, heart, and kidney.
Some of the simple things diabetics can do for themselves are:
1-Check feet daily for cuts, cracks, or redness. Report any signs of infection to your podiatrist.
2-Protect feet with adequate shoes.
3-Never wear constricting shoes, socks, or stockings.
5-Do not use home remedies or caustic chemicals on your feet.
An orthopedist is a doctor who treats the musculoskeletal system. They treat any part of the human body, and can give injections, prescribe therapy and do surgical procedures.
A podiatrist is a doctor who treats all the systems of the feet and ankles. This means they can take care of nails, vascular issues, neurological problems as well as musculoskeletal issues all involving the feet. A podiatrist receives specific and intensive training in all foot and ankle related issues.
This specific and intensive training allows them to become experts in a wide and vast array of foot and ankle related issues. Being highly specialized also exposes podiatrists to often rare or uncommon issues that may affect the human foot.
If you have a foot or ankle issue please call us today to get and expert opinion from one out are amazing DPMs.