Exploring The Link Between Diabetes and Podiatry

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Hello, I’m Rina Elga. Welcome to my website. My grandparents and mom visit a podiatrist on a regular basis to have their feet and legs checked for problems associated with diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar can wreak havoc on the extremities. If my family members do not appropriately control their symptoms, wounds often appear on the legs and feet. All of the wounds need regular care to heal due to the lack of blood flow to the legs and feet. Swelling often makes healing slow down even more. The podiatrist cleans out the wounds and applies bandages that help promote healing. I would like to explore the link between diabetes and podiatry more on my site. Please follow along to learn all you can about this interesting subject. Thanks for coming by.

Choosing The Right Plantar Fasciitis Pain Relief Treatment

Plantar fasciitis can be excruciatingly painful. But fortunately, it is possible to recover from the condition in a few months. But in the meantime, there are several treatments that may be able to provide you with pain relief. But since some of these treatments also come with side effects, make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option. Traditional Pain Medications Traditional pain medications can help alleviate the pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Anti-inflammatory medications are among the most-effective, but they also can lead to gastrointestinal problems, gastric pain and renal damage. Cold Therapy Another approach to cut down on inflammation is to apply cold to the site of the pain. This could involve placing an ice cube or cold rag over the affected area. Hold it until the cold agent warms or until the pain subsides. The most-effective impromptu ice pack is crushed ice in a plastic bag. If you are performing exercises, a good time to apply the ice is shortly after the exercise. A Steroid Shot If the pain is very severe, you might have your doctor inject a steroid shot into the affected area. This will provide temporary relief. However, it is not recommended to have more than one shot because this can cause a rupture and can also cause the fat pat that covers the heel bone to shrink. Sound Waves Sound waves have been successful in facilitating plantar fasciitis healing. The downside of this approach is that it can cause bruises and swelling. Also, this approach is not always completely effective, but does not have severe long-term side effects. Massage Therapy...

Three At-Home Techniques You Can Use To Reduce Heel Pain

Heel pain from an issue such as plantar fasciitis can leave you in extreme discomfort with each step you take. Every time your heel touches the ground or the floor, you can experience a sharp and burning pain that can be detrimental to your quality of life. The best thing you can do for heel pain is to visit a podiatrist. This foot specialist will be able to diagnose the exact cause of your discomfort, provide treatments including help with stretching exercises and even help you get fitted for custom orthotic inserts that you can wear in your shoes to keep your feet comfortable. If your first podiatry appointment has been scheduled but you’re eager to help the situation, here are three things you can do at home. Start Losing Weight While weight loss isn’t something that is immediate, there’s a strong likelihood that your weight is contributing to your heel pain if you’re overweight or obese. In fact, your podiatrist is apt to make this suggestion during your first visit, so it’s beneficial to get started now. While you might be resistant to exercise due to your pain, you could try something without impact, such as swimming or using a stationary bike at the gym. Either way, focusing on reducing your daily caloric intake is an effective way to lose weight regardless of how active you are. Avoid Going Barefoot If you have the habit of walking around in your bare feet in your home and yard, it’s time to give your sore heels some protection. Avoid being barefoot as much as possible. Whenever you go outside, wear...

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis: A Concerning Source Of Heel Pain In Runners

Are you a runner who has developed pain on the inside of the foot and ankle, along with flattening of your arch? Chances are, you’re suffering from an injury known as posterior tibial tendonitis. This running injury may not be as common as runner’s knee or plantar fasciitis, but it definitely deserves your attention because it can get a whole lot worse if left untreated. Read on to learn more about the causes of PTT, along with your treatment options and ways to prevent the injury from recurring in the future. Causes of PTT Like most running injuries, PTT is considered an overuse injury. It is most likely to occur when you suddenly add mileage or intensity to your training plan without giving your tendons and other tissues enough time to recover and adapt. Runners who pronate (have ankles that tilt towards the inside as they land) are more likely to develop PTT since their stride puts more stress on the posterior tibial tendon, which runs along the inside of the heel to about the middle of the side of the sole of the foot. The injury is, by definition, a swelling of this tendon. The arch flattening that occurs as a result of PTT occurs because as this tendon swells and shortens, it pulls the soft tissues of the foot downward. Treating PTT It is very important to seek treatment for PTT rather than continuing to run through the pain. Left untreated, the condition can lead to permanent arthritis in the foot — and that will surely affect the future of your running career. Your podiatrist will devise...

4 Ways To Ease Your Bunions Without Surgery

It is hard to wear your favorite pair of shoes when you have bunions. A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. If this condition is making your life unbearable, then it is time to seek treatment. Here are four treatment options to consider before resorting to surgery. Protect Your Bump with Pads A gel-filled or moleskin pad protects your bunion. This pad works by minimizing the pressure from wearing your shoes. It covers your bump, prevents rubbing and stops friction from bed sheets. The main point is to keep the bump from becoming inflamed and aching when coming in contact with objects.  The moleskin pads are placed inside of your shoe and can be found at your local pharmacy. It is also important to replace the pads when they are dirty or worn out. If not, the pads will lose their effectiveness. Use A Splint A splint is one of the ways to alleviate pain from your bunions without surgery. It is worn to relieve pressure on your toes. Bunions may cause your toe to stick out, which is corrected with a splint. It helps your toes to point in the proper direction or to lay straight. You should wear the splint at night. It also prevent your toes from curling and rubbing against each other. Warm Water And Ice Packs If you want immediate relief, then you should try warm water and ice packs. It helps to soak your feet in warm water and place an ice pack over them. This treatment can ease pain and help with swelling. Custom...

Can You Treat A Bunion Without Surgery?

A bunion is a bulge of bone that juts out from the inner line of the foot near the base of the big toe. Bunions form when the bone of the big toe pushes the largest bone in the foot (known as the first metatarsal) out away from the foot. Bunions generally run in families, but they’re more prominent in people who have arthritis and in people who wear shoes that unnaturally narrow the foot. Perhaps this is why bunions are more common in women than in men: because women tend to wear narrow fitting high-heeled shoes that put extra weight on the ball of the foot and big toe. Can you treat a bunion without surgery? Bunions can’t be reversed without surgery. Once a bunion has formed, the only way to truly fix the problem is by either using surgery to realign the joint, remove the bunion or insert a pin. However, many bunions never become so severe that surgery is warranted. Instead, people who have started to develop a bunion can make lifestyle adjustments that will slow or stop the development of the bunion. What can you do to stop the development of a bunion? There are many things that you can do to slow the development of bunions. For example: Wear shoes that don’t narrow your toes. Shop at shoe stores where store clerks measure your feet and help you pick shoes based on the actual width of your feet. Shoes that narrow your toes unnaturally will position your big toe to push the first metatarsal out farther, which can exacerbate your problem. Control your weight...

Four Signs That It’s Time To Visit A Podiatrist

When it comes to managing your health, you know that seeing a chiropractor for back pain and visiting a massage therapist for relaxation are ways to keep your body feeling good. To take ownership over the health of your feet, it’s important to include a podiatrist among your ensemble of health practitioners. Podiatrists can help your feet and ankles in numerous ways, which can drastically improve your quality of life. Not sure when you should schedule an appointment with this foot expert? If you’re experiencing any of these four issues, it’s time to pick up the phone. Pain When You Walk Although pain in the sole of your foot can occur for several reasons, one common cause is plantar fasciitis. This inflammatory condition can make each step you take throughout the day feel miserable and prompt you to avoid standing and walking. A visit to the podiatrist will not only diagnose the issue, but will also provide you with solutions to alleviate the pain and fix the condition, such as exercises, custom orthotics to wear in your shoes and lifestyle suggestions such as losing weight. Athlete’s Foot A case of athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection that makes your feet itchy, inflamed and painful, is easy to rectify with a visit to the podiatrist. You’ll receive topical cream that will drastically alleviate your uncomfortable symptoms and also get some suggestions about how to avoid future flare-ups. For example, your podiatrist might recommend changing your socks a couple times throughout the day or tossing your old, bacteria-laden running shoes into the garbage and buying a new pair. Cracked Or...

Why Diabetics Need Regular Podiatry Checkups

When you or your spouse is diagnosed with diabetes you may think that you just need to focus on a healthy diet, keeping your blood sugar levels where they should be and monitoring your insulin. However, you really need to make sure that you have regular checkups with a podiatrist, a foot doctor. How does diabetes affect feet? Diabetes can affect your feet in two ways. First, it can damage the nerves in your feet. This is called diabetic neuropathy, and it means that you lose feeling in your foot. The nerve sensors that tell your brain if your foot has a cut, a burn, or an ingrown toenail simply don’t work anymore. The second problem is that diabetes can cause peripheral vascular disease, which reduces blood flow. Healthy blood flow is necessary for healing any wounds on your feet. Poor flow increases your chance for ulcers or gangrene occurring on wounds. What can you do? You need to inspect your feet every day. Check for sores, dry or cracked skin, or changes in color. Use a mirror to see the bottom of your foot or have your spouse check that portion of your foot. Buy shoes that are comfortable and fit you well. Don’t go for shoes that are too tight just because they look nice. Your feet will stay healthier if you use shoes that have a large toe box. Many podiatrists recommend that you wear shoes that are made from either canvas or leather. However, make sure that you slowly break the shoes in; you don’t want your new shoes to give you blisters. Keep your...

Podiatrists Employ New-Age Laser Treatments And Herbal Medicines To Treat Foot Problems

Why is there such growth in podiatry care in America?  Age statistics drive the need for foot care, and diabetes disease continues to rise all over the country. Diabetes and other medical conditions require specialized treatment to stave off surgical procedures that might cause you to lose your limbs. Revenue from podiatry care in 2012 was expected to reach an annual total of $4.7 billion. Researchers were projecting even higher revenues in 2014 as a result of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was initiated in 2010. There are numerous types of foot conditions for which you must seek podiatry care. Laser Treatments For Toenail Fungus A new trend in podiatry foot care is laser care for thickened toenails that show white and yellow blotches. If you don’t seek treatment for this condition, it will worsen. A malodor will later develop in the nail areas. By then, your podiatrist may diagnose the problem as onychomycosis. No over-the-counter products can rid your nails of this fungus. You can ask your podiatrist about laser treatments that are approved by the FDA. Laser treatments for onychomycosis and other podiatry problems are highly recommended by podiatry and dermatology professionals. Holistic Treatments Embraced By Podiatrists Holistic treatments are as old as the aging process. Now, however, podiatrists are reaching back into time and recommending that you use herbal medicines for foot ailments and especially for improving circulation in your lower extremities. Podiatrists also suggest that you use ginger, cayenne pepper, fish oil and vitamin C among other ingredients to benefit your feet. Including a proper sublingual vitamin B Complex, with B-12...

Climbing The Ladder: A Tale Of How Achilles Tendonitis Can Bring You Down

Do you do a lot of work around your house? Maybe you’re painting your home yourself or doing some work on the roof, and you’re constantly climbing a ladder—or standing on one. You may have thought that a fall was your biggest concern from all this ladder climbing, but you may also be at risk for a common foot ailment, Achilles tendonitis. How Do You Get Achilles Tendonitis? Your Achilles tendon runs from your heel to your calf muscle and helps you lift your heel in order to walk. When it gets inflamed through overuse or gets torn, it can cause symptoms that include: Pain or tenderness, especially when the sides of the tendon are squeezed. Stiffness. Enlargement. Activities like jumping and running can cause minor tears in the tendon that lead to Achilles tendonitis, but other household activities like climbing a ladder can cause the tendon to pull or even break. How Do You Treat Achilles Tendonitis? There are several treatment options for you and your doctor to decide on, but most treatments depend on the severity of damage to the tendon. If the tendon is strained or inflamed, your podiatrist may recommend: Rest. Stay off your feet and let the tendon sit without working. Ice. Use an ice pack or cold pack on the site of the injury to reduce swelling. Medication. You might start with an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen. Your doctor can give you the proper dose, or may prescribe a different strength or drug. Once you have had a chance to treat the tendon with these less invasive techniques, you can evaluate...

3 Signs That You Should Visit A Foot Doctor

 Your feet are tough, they take quite a beating in your day-to-day life. Most of the time resting is more then sufficient to make your feet feel better. Of course, that doesn’t mean your feet are invincible. There are several things that can happen that will require professional help. Luckily, your feet are pretty good at letting you know something is wrong with them. So, if you’ve been experiencing any of the following you should see the doctor, like… Discoloration Your feet should look pretty much the same at all times. So if you notice them changing colors on you, you could have a problem. Problems like chronic redness and swelling can indicate that you could have gout, which can be problematic. If you have gout you’ll experience severe problems when trying to walk. Of course, this could also indicate an infection as well, which should be dealt with before it becomes a bigger problem. Likewise,  if your feet seem abnormally pale, there could be a problem with bloodflow in your feet. Still, if you experience any persistent discoloration of any kind you should consult a podiatrist immediately.  Burning, Tingling, or Numbness Any of these three signs could be signs of serious problems with neuropathy. This can point to serious conditions such as diabetes, which can endanger you if you haven’t been diagnosed with it. Of course, if the nerves in your feet are acting up you really need to get a professional’s opinion. If left untreated you can be at higher risk for ulcers which can make walking exceptionally painful.  Severe Pain After Surgery If you’ve had any...
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