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.

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...

The Dos And Don’ts Of Caring For A Sprained Ankle

Ankle sprains are quite common and can happen in a number of situations. Whether you sprain your ankle while playing a sport, tripping down a few stairs, or simply taking a wrong step in a pair of high heels, the fact remains that you’ll want to treat the injury promptly and properly. Doing so will help to ensure the quickest recovery and avoid further complications. If you sprain your ankle, a trip to your doctor is a must, but there are some tips you can also keep in mind in the meantime. DO Act Quickly Don’t put off treating your injured ankle, as the moments right after the injury are extremely vital. Many people make the mistake of trying to “soldier on” through the rest of their day as if nothing is wrong, but this often results in making the injury even worse and causing more pain. As soon as you’re aware you have sprained your ankle, stop what you’re doing and refrain from putting any more pressure on your affected ankle—even if this means asking friends to help carry you to a chair nearby or hopping on one foot to the nearest resting place. DO Ice, Compress, and Elevate As soon as you sprain your ankle, there’s a good chance you’ll notice some swelling around the area. The first step to healing a sprained ankle, then, is to reduce the swelling by applying ice to the affected area. Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid the risk of frostbite, and don’t apply the ice for extended periods of time. To further reduce swelling,...

Walk Out On These Three Myths About Trouble With Your Feet!

If there’s one thing where there are plenty of myths, misinformation, and flat-out untruths, it’s the human body. From head to toe, there’s a lot of false information out there. Here’s a look at some of the most common myths about trouble with your feet, and the real truth behind them. Myth #1: An ingrown toenail can be cured with a cut An ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful, and the first reaction of many people is often to reach for a blade. A persistent myth states that you can cure an ingrown toenail by cutting a “v” shaped notch at the end of the nail. This will cause the nail edges to rise as the nail grows together, the myth goes, curing the ingrown part. But toenails grow from the base of the nail, right at the skin. Cutting the end of the nail won’t affect how it grows, nor will it cure your trouble. The only real cure is chiropody treatments or a very small surgical procedure. Myth #2: Hot water will soothe a foot injury While soaking in hot water may feel soothing for a foot or ankle injury, it’s one of the worst things you can do. Heat actually encourages blood flow, which will cause swelling to increase. The greater the swelling, the more pressure on your foot’s muscles and nerves, and the more pain you’ll encounter. If you suspect a fracture or sprain, use a cold compress. The cold numbs the nerves and reduces blood flow (which reduces swelling, which then reduces pain). Usually, you’ll want to seek medical attention for a foot injury...
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