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Diabetes is a serious condition that often impacts the feet. It is beneficial to perform daily foot care by inspecting the entire foot for sores, bruises, or cuts. Diabetic patients may have difficulty in feeling existing wounds on the feet, and this may be a result of neuropathy, which can cause a numbing sensation. People who are diabetic may notice changes to the feet that can include ingrown toenails, cracked skin, or blisters. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit comfortably. Additionally, frequent moisturizing may prevent cracked heels from developing. It is strongly advised that diabetic patients are under the care of a podiatrist who can trim the toenails properly, and treat existing cuts on the feet.

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 Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Stress and Poor Circulation

Poor circulation may be indicative of existing medical conditions. Common symptoms of this condition may include a tingling or numbing sensation in the feet, severely dry skin, and your feet may feel unusually tired. There may be medical conditions and lifestyle habits that may cause poor circulation. Other causes may include smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and having high blood pressure. Research has indicated high stress levels may lead to elevated blood pressure, which can cause poor circulation as well. To help alleviate some stress, it may be beneficial to practice meditation. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment techniques.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 office located in Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Various Types of Foot Pain

Each foot consists of twenty-six bones, surrounded by numerous tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It is common to feel pain in various parts of the foot, which may happen for a variety of reasons. A bunion is defined as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe, and can develop from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many people develop a condition that is known as hammertoe, which can cause the second and third toes to bend at the middle joints. This can cause pain and discomfort, and larger shoes may need to be purchased that will fit comfortably. Pain in the heel area may be indicative of a heel spur or plantar fasciitis, and often needs professional medical treatment.  If you are afflicted with any type of heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat foot pain.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Do I Have Athlete's Foot?

The area of the feet that athlete's foot impacts is generally between the toes, and on the sole of the foot. It is considered to be a fungal infection, and can be extremely contagious. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, and can typically be found in public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Patients who have experienced athlete’s foot often notice a red and itchy rash, and in severe cases, blisters may develop as well. Relief may be found in mild cases when an antifungal powder or cream is applied. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of places, which can help to prevent the spreading of athlete’s foot. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe the correct medication for you.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Wounds on the Feet

It is beneficial for wounds on the feet to be promptly treated. They may occur from stepping on a piece of glass or a sharp object. Patients who are diabetic may endure wounds on the feet, and this may be a result of a condition known as neuropathy that often accompanies diabetes. This condition affects the ability to feel if there are wounds, bruises, or cuts, which may cause them to easily become infected. Minor wounds may be treated by washing and drying the affected area thoroughly, followed by applying a clean bandage over the wound. Severe wounds on the feet may need medical attention, and it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment.

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 Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Gilbert, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The painful foot condition that is known as gout typically occurs in men who are between forty and fifty years old. There may be existing factors that can lead to the formation of gout. These can consist of genetic factors, being overweight, and consuming foods that are rich in purines. Additionally, people who have high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, or kidney failure may be susceptible to developing gout. It occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream and can cause sensations that resemble crystals attacking the joints in the feet and hands. Common symptoms often include extreme pain and discomfort in the big toe and surrounding area, and it may become difficult to walk. If you are afflicted with gout attacks, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

What Is a Bunion?

There are many patients who may notice a bony protrusion developing on the side of their big toe. This may be consistent with the signs of a bunion, which typically produces pain and discomfort. It is considered to be a bone deformity, and there are specific reasons why this condition may develop. These causes can include genetic factors, or it may gradually appear from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. If the bunion is severe, larger shoes may have to be purchased, which can accommodate the growing bunion. Many patients find mild relief when a small pad is worn over it, as this may help to protect it from friction that may be caused by wearing shoes. If you are afflicted with a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

Children and Their First Pair of Shoes

Research has indicated the importance of children wearing shoes that fit properly. This can be achieved by correctly measuring each foot, as this will help you to determine what size shoe is best for your child's feet. Many children walk barefoot while indoors, and this can generally help the feet to become stronger as the toes grasp the floor. When it is time to walk outside, it is beneficial that the shoes are made of breathable materials, in addition to ensure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is important that shoes fit properly, as this may help to prevent painful foot conditions from developing. If you would like additional information about how to purchase shoes for your child, please consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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