Posts for category: Foot Conditions
- 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)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
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
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.
- 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
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.
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'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:
- 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:
- 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.
- Look at your feet daily. Keep them clean, and moisturize them to avoid cracking.
- Trim your nails properly--straight across the toe and never rounding the corners.
- Stretch your toes, feet, and calves daily. Ask Dr. Gibson or Dr. Sundblad for a regimen of gentle stretches.
- Wear good shoes. Ditch the flip-flops, and don shoes that fit properly and provide good support for the arches.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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,
- Hammertoes and claw toes
- Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
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
- Stretching exercises for the feet
- Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
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.