Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Diabetes can have a profound impact on foot health, leading to complications such as nerve damage and poor circulation. These issues increase the risk of developing sores, infections, and even severe conditions that may necessitate amputation. Daily foot checks are essential for early detection of cuts, blisters, or signs of infection. Wearing appropriate socks is also important. Choose socks that wick away moisture, fit well, and are free of seams to prevent irritation. Selecting the right footwear is also important. Ensure that your shoes fit well, but also leave some room for toe movement to avoid pressure points. It's also advisable to avoid walking barefoot, even indoors, to protect against unnoticed injuries. Diabetic patients with venous insufficiency or swelling may benefit from wearing compression socks but should consult their podiatrist for the best options. Good foot hygiene, including washing with warm water and drying thoroughly, helps prevent fungal infections. Keeping toenails trimmed straight across can prevent ingrown toenails, which are another potential source of infection. Regular visits to a podiatrist can help manage and monitor foot health, preventing minor issues from escalating. If you experience diabetic foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

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 the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. 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 office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers require prompt and comprehensive treatment to prevent complications. The first step involves cleaning the wound thoroughly to remove dead tissue and reduce infection risk. Keeping the ulcer dry and covered with a sterile dressing helps protect it from further damage. Pressure offloading, achieved by using specialized footwear or orthotic devices, is essential to reduce stress on the affected area and promote healing. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection, and ensuring the ulcer is healing properly allows for timely intervention if complications arise. Managing blood sugar levels effectively is vital, as high glucose levels can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, and effectively treat foot ulcers.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact daily activities. Heel pain often stems from tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the tibial nerve gets squeezed within the tight passage along the inner ankle, known as the tarsal tunnel. This compression can occur due to injury, swelling, or structural issues like flat feet. Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include numbness or tingling in the heel, arch, or sole of the foot. This condition can be irritated by activities that put immense pressure on the foot, such as standing or walking for prolonged periods. Treatment options for tarsal tunnel syndrome include rest, ice therapy, and in severe cases, surgery to relieve pressure on the affected nerve. If this condition is left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can worsen, leading to chronic pain and potentially affecting mobility. If you notice any signs of tarsal tunnel syndrome or heel pain, it is suggested to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Swollen feet and ankles are a common issue with a variety of causes. Injuries such as sprains or fractures can lead to immediate swelling due to tissue damage and inflammation. Diseases, including heart, liver, or kidney problems, can cause fluid retention, leading to swelling in the feet and ankles. Infections, especially in individuals with diabetes or compromised immune systems, can also result in swelling in these areas. Certain medications, such as those for blood pressure or hormonal therapy, can cause fluid retention and swelling as a side effect. Pregnancy often leads to swollen feet due to increased body fluid and pressure from the growing uterus. Edema, the medical term for fluid buildup in tissues, can be caused by prolonged standing, sitting, or underlying health conditions. If your feet or ankles have become swollen, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the reason is, and offer appropriate treatment remedies.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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