Posts for category: Foot Conditions

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
March 03, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Puncture Wound  
Puncture WoundA puncture wound in the foot occurs when you step on an object that leaves a small hole behind. One of the most common puncture wounds comes from stepping on a nail. Puncture wounds are not simply cuts and will require different treatment and care to prevent infection and other complications from occurring. If you’re dealing with a puncture wound, you probably took a trip to your local emergency room for care. Even if you’ve done this, you should still follow up with a podiatrist to make sure the wound is properly cared for and tended to.
Dealing with a puncture wound? Here are the steps you should take,
  • Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
  • You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
  • Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
  • Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
When you come into the podiatrist’s office the first thing they will do is assess the wound and make sure it is properly cleaned. They will also make sure there is no debris remaining. To clean the wound, a numbing gel may be applied to the area first. Sometimes a round of antibiotics is prescribed to prevent an infection from developing. If your podiatrist suspects that you might still have a piece of an object in the wound or that there might be bone damage, imaging tests may need to be performed.
You must keep off the foot so that it can fully heal. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take the medication until it is finished (if you stop taking it before the medication is finished it won’t be as effective). While your foot heals you must examine it daily and look for any signs of infection. These signs include,
  • Fever
  • New or worsening pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Drainage
  • Skin that’s warm to the touch
It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away to treat your puncture wound to prevent complications. A foot and ankle specialist can provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your wound to ensure that it doesn’t get infected. Seek treatment right away.
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
February 15, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic Foot  

Caring for your feet is essential if you have diabetes. Wounds often take longer to heal when you are diabetic, which increases the risk of developing an infection. Minor injuries on the feet, such as small cuts or scrapes, are easily overlooked so it is important to check your feet daily and treat any wounds right away. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab, the skilled podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, can help with wound care and developing a diabetic foot care routine.

Types of Diabetic Foot Problems

There is an increased risk of developing certain types of foot problems when you have diabetes. Poor blood circulation, one of the symptoms of diabetes, causes wounds to heal more slowly than they should. A longer healing time increases the risk of infection. Infections that are not caught and treated right away can lead to more serious problems, including:

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Foot ulcers
  • Foot calluses
  • Foot swelling
  • Charcot’s foot
  • Gangrene
  • Amputation

Scheduling regular checkups with a podiatrist is one way to care for your feet. A podiatrist can help you maintain healthy feet, improve circulation, and avoid infection, all of which can prevent more serious conditions from developing. The experienced podiatrists at our office in Sterling Heights provide wound care for diabetic feet and can help you develop an effective at-home foot care routine.

Ways to Care for Diabetic Feet

One of the best ways to care for diabetic feet is to check for injuries every day. Checking the feet daily ensures any wounds that develop are spotted right away so you can treat them promptly and reduce your risk for infection. When checking the feet look for redness, blisters, bruises, punctures, cuts, scratches, scrapes, and ingrown toenails. Immediately apply first aid measures to any wounds, which could include thoroughly cleaning and drying the area, and then applying a bandage.

There are several other steps you can take to care of diabetic feet in addition to performing daily wound checks. Some ways to maintain healthy feet include:

  • Moisturizing the feet daily
  • Wearing comfortable shoes
  • Wearing loose socks to bed
  • Refraining from soaking the feet in the water
  • Keeping the feet clean, warm, and dry
  • Wearing warm socks and shoes during cold weather
  • Trimming toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails
  • Stretching or moving around throughout the day to promote better circulation

An effective diabetic foot care routine should include checking the feet daily and promptly treating any wounds. Regular checkups with a podiatrist can also contribute to healthier feet. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sundblad or Dr. Arab, call Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, at (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 15, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sprain   Fractured Foot   Broken Bone  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
December 17, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Health   Aging  

If you're over 40, should you see your podiatrist in Sterling Heights, MI, annually? The answer is yes because as we age, foot health changes. Read some information from Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Samantha Gibson at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. They value podiatric health and how it impacts mobility and quality of life over time.

My feet hurt

It's a common complaint heard by your podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI. As a matter of fact, Maturitas reports that one in four Americans over 45 routinely has foot pain. Startling, isn't it? Yet, most of these people do not have concerning conditions such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease, major podiatric health concerns.

Instead, adults experience foot and ankle pain due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Thinned footpads (fat deposits which serve as natural shock absorbers on the balls of the feet and across the arches and heels)
  • Obesity often leads to ankle instability, plantar fasciitis, and bunions
  • Dry skin
  • Athlete's foot
  • Ingrown toenails

Reasons why aging changes our feet

Time and wear and tear impact our lower extremities. Each of your feet contains 26 bones and a network of joints, ligaments, and tendons. Over time, the connective tissues thin, stiffen, and cannot provide the support and stability they once did. Feet become flatter, wider, and in some cases, a bit longer, and they do not spring back after vigorous activity such as running, dancing, or playing tennis.

Solutions for aging feet

At Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care, our foot doctors recommend these measures to relieve pain and to keep feet and ankles functional:

  1. Lose weight. It is easier to gain weight with age. But, don't let that number on the scale get out of control, or your feet will suffer.
  2. Look at your feet daily. Keep them clean, and moisturize them to avoid cracking.
  3. Trim your nails properly--straight across the toe and never rounding the corners.
  4. Stretch your toes, feet, and calves daily. Ask Dr. Gibson or Dr. Sundblad for a regimen of gentle stretches.
  5. Wear good shoes. Ditch the flip-flops, and don shoes that fit properly and provide good support for the arches.
  6. Stay active. Exercise improves circulation and flexibility and increases bone strength. Take up cardio activities such as swimming and cycling which do not jar joints.
  7. See your podiatrist right away if you have an injury or see a change in foot shape and color or skin texture.

Just pay attention to your feet

They'll feel better, and so will you. For a complete and friendly podiatric exam, please call Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI. Dr. Sundblad and Dr. Gibson are highly trained podiatrists who will take good care of you. Phone today: (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
December 15, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the FeetRheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and it is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, and damage. RA, like other kinds of arthritis, is progressive, which means that symptoms will gradually get worse over time if left untreated. So, how do you know if you might be developing RA in your feet? While a podiatrist can certainly provide you with a definitive diagnosis, here are some telltale signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
  • You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
  • Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
  • The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
Symptoms are often mild at first and you may not even think that you have arthritis. Those between the ages of 30 to 60 are more likely to develop RA. You may notice intense flare-ups that are characterized by bouts of remission (in which you don’t experience symptoms). Do not take these symptom-free moments to mean that you are fine. It’s important to see a podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

What does RA do to the feet and ankles?

Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Hammertoes and claw toes
  • Bursitis
  • Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.

Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
  • Warm soaks
  • Custom insoles or orthotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Compression
  • Stretching exercises for the feet
  • Bracing
  • Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Surgery is only necessary if there is severe joint or cartilage damage, or if inflamed tissue needs to be removed from around the joint.

Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.

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