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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:00

Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Foot care is extremely important for those who have diabetes. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation, which means that open foot wounds, or ulcers, may heal slowly. For those who have diabetes and a foot wound, it is imperative to see a podiatrist immediately. Seeing a podiatrist regularly is an important step in maintaining proper foot health. In addition to this it is recommended that you inspect your feet daily for any abnormalities. Wearing well-fitted shoes can help prevent blisters and other foot conditions from occurring by providing adequate space for your feet. Diabetes can be a difficult condition to live with, but by following some simple health tips it can be managed.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

Dallas Cowboys WR Sustains Ankle Sprain

Dez Bryant, wide receiver of the Dallas Cowboys, has recently sustained an ankle sprain during the Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs game. Bryant has said that the ankle sprain is just sore and slightly-bruised, and that he will be back out on the field soon. The Cowboys were able to defeat the Chiefs 28 to 17. Bryant has previously sustained foot injuries, including a broken foot back in 2015.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

Before you start dancing...

 

While it’s a common and generally minor issue, cold feet can be a sign of other conditions. If you are in a cold environment, having cold feet is a normal occurrence due to the blood vessels constricting; this is typically not due to chronic, systemic poor circulation. Poor circulation on the other hand is when the blood vessels become narrow or blocked. Blockage and constriction can occur from a number of issues such as from smoking, poor diet, diabetes, and Raynaud’s disease. Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes the blood vessels to spasm and temporarily reduce flow to the hands and feet. If you are a relatively healthy individual, then cold feet can most likely be treated with warmer footwear. For those who have health conditions, like diabetes, or who smoke, cold feet can be a result of poor circulation stemming from these conditions. If you experience cold feet often, then it may be best to see a podiatrist who can determine the exact cause.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00

Treating Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are thickened parts of the skin that develop from repeated friction against an area. With the approval of your podiatrist, corns and calluses can be managed at home. Getting rid of the source of friction is the first step; see if your shoes are causing corns and calluses to develop on your feet. Using an over-the-counter pad can help prevent any more friction against the area. Washing and moisturizing your feet can help keep the skin soft and soften corns or calluses. While it is possible to use a pumice stone to remove either one, it is recommended to see a podiatrist who can do it for you. If you are a diabetic, do not use a pumice stone or try to remove either one. Instead, see a podiatrist who can treat you.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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