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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Many diabetic patients struggle with health complications due to various foot conditions. One common difficulty they face are foot ulcers. Foot ulcers are deep wounds that slowly heal and can become infected when left untreated. This condition can be extremely dangerous for patients who have the condition known as neuropathy. Neuropathy often numbs parts of the body, including the feet, making it difficult to identify pain as well as cuts or scrapes on the feet. If small scrapes or cuts on the feet go undetected, a person can run the risk of developing a serious foot condition such as an ulcer. For more information on how to treat foot ulcers, it is suggested you seek the care of a podiatrist.

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 one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 25 May 2020 00:00

A hairline crack in the bones of the feet is referred to as a stress fracture. This condition gradually occurs, and is often the result of frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Early symptoms can include pain while the activity is pursued. Common symptoms linked with this condition may diminish when prompt treatment is started. Many runners who have endured stress fractures often try to ignore the pain and discomfort that typically accompanies this condition, despite being aware of the rest that is needed for proper healing. Additional symptoms can include swelling, tenderness, and weakness in the foot. Effective treatment methods can include elevating the foot which may help to reduce swelling, and it is beneficial to wrap the foot in an elastic bandage that can offer adequate support. If you have a stress fracture that is impacting your foot, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

People who regularly stretch their feet are often aware of the benefits that can come from frequently practicing foot stretches. An effective way to stretch the Achilles tendon is done by standing on a step, and gently lowering one foot at a time. The big toe can be stretched by grasping the heel while sitting down, and slowly bending the big toe toward you. Additionally, this is helpful in stretching the sole of the foot. The toes can become stronger when a towel curl stretch is performed. This is practiced by placing your foot on a towel, and gently grabbing it with your toes. For more information about the benefits of stretching the feet, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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