Posts for category: Foot Care
Here are some helpful tips for caring for your feet with diabetes.
If you have diabetes then you know that your feet are prone to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications if you aren’t careful. Apart from managing your condition through a healthy lifestyle and medication, there are also additional ways to keep your diabetic feet safe from dealing with problems. While our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons love seeing their patients, and would rather prevent problems from happening to their patients in the first place. Here’s how,
Keep Blood Sugar Under Control
One of the best things you can do to prevent health complications is to make sure that you have your diabetes in check. This involves working with your team of doctors, Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons, to make sure that your medication and your current lifestyle are keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy, normal range.
Perform Daily Foot Checkups
While you should visit our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists a few times a year to make sure your feet are healthy, it’s incredibly important that you check your feet every day. Take a few minutes to examine all areas of your feet, from the back of the heel to under the toenails. You should look for,
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
- Cuts and open wounds
Any problems should be addressed by a qualified medical professional right away to prevent further complications.
Get the Blood Flowing
Our bodies weren’t meant to sit at a desk all day. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you are getting your body up and moving. When sitting it’s a good idea to elevate your feet (never cross your legs, which can restrict blood flow). Wiggle your toes for about 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Get up and moving every 30 minutes to boost circulation in your feet.
Wear Supportive Footwear
You want shoes that are going to cushion and support your feet while also protecting them from injury and other issues. It’s important that you wear proper shoes and socks and that you never go barefoot, even if you are in the comfort of your own home. Wearing shoes can prevent injuries that you may not even feel, especially if you have nerve damage in your feet. Talk with our podiatrist about shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes.
Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists is the premier foot and ankle practice in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH. If you are dealing with diabetes and want a podiatrist that understands your feet’s unique health needs, call us today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH to schedule a consultation.
Find out how to treat heel pain yourself and when to see a podiatrist.
Whether you are an avid runner or just someone who likes going to the gym occasionally, it can be challenging to do these everyday activities when faced with heel pain. Did you take that run just a little too far yesterday? Did you suddenly intensify your exercise regime? Then your heels might be screaming out for sweet relief. Here’s how to tackle heel pain before seeing a podiatrist.
What causes heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is typically the cause of most heel pain. While the name might seem a bit intimidating, don’t worry! Symptoms can often be managed through simple at-home remedies such as,
- Performing specific foot stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve function.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication to soothe pain and inflammation temporarily.
- Avoid high-impact activities, which will often only exacerbate the condition and lead to further inflammation.
- Splint the foot or wear shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide arch support.
- Consider corticosteroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which may also be helpful for those dealing with more severe or stubborn pain.
When should I call my podiatrist?
While you may not want to immediately rush to call your podiatrist at the first bout of pain, you mustn’t ignore a potentially serious issue. You should turn to a podiatrist if,
- You have severe heel pain or swelling
- You can’t point your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
- You also notice numbness or a tingling sensation in the heel accompanied by pain
- You experience sudden pain that occurs right after an injury
- You have diabetes or have neuropathy in your feet
- You have been trying at-home treatment options for a week, and there are no changes to your symptoms
If rest and home care haven’t been enough to manage your heel pain, it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can help.
When should you turn to a podiatrist for care?
There are many reasons why people turn to podiatrists. After all, our feet and ankles deserve the same lovin’ care that you provide to the rest of your body. Wondering if it’s time to see a podiatrist (chances are good you could benefit from a visit)? You may want to turn to one for,
You turn to your dentist for routine checkups to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening so why wouldn’t you do the same thing with a podiatrist? By coming in once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, a podiatrist can examine your feet, discuss your lifestyle and determine if there are additional measures you should be taking to prevent injuries and other foot problems. A podiatrist can be as much preventive as they can be a great source for treatment. Athletes and active individuals can particularly benefit from undergoing preventive care with a podiatrist.
Bunions are common foot deformities that can continue to enlarge and impact the structure and function of your feet. A podiatrist wants to prevent individuals from needing surgery in the future, which means coming in the minute you suspect that you have a bunion so that they can provide simple lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the deformity. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving bunion symptoms.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Dealing with an injury? If so, you definitely want to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can diagnose and treat the injury. While you may be able to treat minor injuries on your own with rest and home care, it’s often best to play it safe and turn to an expert who can figure out the extent of the injury so you can get the customized care you deserve.
Persistent Joint Pain
Dealing with painful, stiff or inflamed joints in your foot or ankle that won’t go away? This could be a sign of arthritis, a progressive chronic condition that can cause permanent joint damage if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage it. A podiatrist can craft the perfect treatment plan to improve your symptoms, which may include medications to slow the progression of the disease. A podiatrist is going to be the best medical professional to have on your treatment plan if you have arthritis.
When in doubt, call your local podiatrist to find out if the issues or concerns you’re facing require a professional opinion. A podiatrist can answer your questions, diagnose your issues and provide you with the treatment you need.
Choose the Right Shoes for the Job
There’s a reason there are shoes just for runners, shoes for weightlifters, and shoes for soccer players. Every sport requires its own shoes that provide just the right cushioning, stability, and support for the feet and ankles. Wearing the right shoes for your chosen sport is imperative to providing your feet with exactly what they need whether it’s ankle stability for those quick side-to-side movements or added cushioning for power jumps.
Rotate Socks and Shoes Regularly
As you work out it’s natural for your feet to sweat; however, the last thing you want to do is leave your feet in sweaty shoes and socks. That’s why it’s always best to carry at least another pair of socks with you and to swap them out after exercise to prevent blisters or a nasty fungal infection. Always choose moisture-wicking socks to help wick away some of the sweat.
Know When to Get Rid of Your Shoes
No shoes are designed to last forever. While you may simply love your sneakers you have to recognize when to part ways and get a new pair. After all, shoes wear down over time and they are less likely to cushion or absorb shock, which can leave you prone to injuries. Shoes are only designed to last about 300-500 miles. If you see that the treads are wearing out this is a clear sign that it’s time to invest in a new pair of sneakers.
Train and Condition Regularly
It’s important that you condition your body and train even off-season so that your body is primed and ready once the season begins. Conditioning the body including the feet and ankles gets them prepared for activity, and it also means that you can increase intensity and duration gradually to reduce your risk for injury. Make sure that you are training throughout the season, even off-season.
Even if you aren’t dealing with foot or ankle problems, if you are physically active or an athlete, having a podiatrist that you turn to regularly for care and advice can go a long way to preventing injuries and other problems.
When you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, it may be difficult to feel comfortable or want to participate in your favorite activities. There are different ways to ease some of the discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis and your podiatrist can help you find the best solutions for your pain. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH, can explain how custom orthotics can help treat your plantar fasciitis and ease your pain!
Custom Orthotics and Plantar Fasciitis
When you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, it can be difficult to walk, especially after sitting for a prolonged period of time. Your feet might feel sore and stiff, and it can be uncomfortable to walk around. There are different ways of treating your plantar fasciitis and a common way is with custom orthotics from your podiatrist in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH.
Custom orthotics are designed to help cushion your feet and provide support to certain areas of the foot. They are specially designed to fit your foot perfectly and provide complete comfort and support. Orthotics can help take pressure off of your feet, which will help stop inflammation in the plantar fascia. This will help you feel more comfortable while standing or spending time on your feet.
Custom orthotics can also help absorb shock and increase your balance, helping you walk easier and walk properly. This can prevent pain or damage caused by plantar fasciitis.
Contact Your Podiatrist Today!
Don’t let plantar fasciitis go untreated! Contact Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH, to learn how custom orthotics can help relieve pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH.