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Millions of Americans suffer every day with complications due to diabetes such as poor circulation, nerve damage, chronic wounds and foot ulcers. Preventing and properly treating foot ulcers and wounds is vital to the health of the diabetic patient, and will help avoid the rare occurrence of lower-extremity amputation due to diabetic complications. However, nerve damage prevents many patients from detecting a diabetic ulcer as they commonly occur on the bottom of the feet, and poor circulation reduces the body’s ability to heal them. Along with trying to manage their condition through diet, exercise, and monitoring blood sugar levels, diabetics should examine their feet daily. If they spot a wound, they should wash it, apply antibiotic ointment and cover it immediately to prevent bacteria from developing. They should also place themselves under the professional care of a podiatrist who will help manage the ulcer through a variety of non-invasive methods, and surgical intervention (if necessary).
Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What Is Wound Care?
Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic.
What Is the Importance of Wound Care?
While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.
How to Care for Wounds
The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.
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Ankle swelling can be painful and a cause for concern. There are many reasons that your ankle may be swollen. An injury to the foot or ankle, such as a sprain, can cause swelling, as well as pain, tenderness, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected leg. Infections can also cause swelling, and should be treated immediately to avoid serious complications. Venous insufficiency, a circulatory problem in which the veins don’t transport an adequate amount of blood from the legs back to the heart, may cause swelling and skin discoloration, and make infections and ulcers more likely. Other possible reasons that your ankles may be swollen include pregnancy, blood clots, systemic conditions such as liver and kidney disease, and taking certain medications. If you have swollen ankles and are unsure of the cause or are experiencing pain and discomfort, please seek the care of a podiatrist.
Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.
The most common causes of ankle pain include:
- Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
- Ankle sprains
- Broken ankles
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.
Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.
Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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People who enjoy running may overlook foot pain, which in turn can develop into serious foot conditions. Research has indicated it is beneficial to practice proper warm-up and cool down routines, as this may be helpful in preventing running injuries. Patients who are new to the sport of running are advised to start slowly, and gradually increase their speed and mileage. Additionally, it is beneficial to alternate running shoes, which may be helpful in prolonging shock absorption. If you would like more information about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, please consult with a podiatrist.
All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.
More Tips for Preventing Injury
- Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
- Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
- “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
- Cross-Training is Crucial
- Wear Proper Running Shoes
- Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury
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The arch of the foot is a frequent site of foot pain. Fortunately, some of this pain can be relieved through stretching the feet. You can stretch the plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of the foot and helps form the arch, by sitting in a chair with the affected foot raised on top of the opposite knee. Firmly but gently grasp the heel in one hand and the toes in the other hand and pull your heel towards the body while pulling your toes back. Hold this stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat two to four times. You should feel a stretch along the bottom of your foot. If you are experiencing persistent arch pain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Great ways to stretch your feet:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
- Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
- Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle
Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.