Diabetes is a serious condition which calls for several extra steps in taking care of your day-to-day health. Unfortunately, with the other responsibilities which come with this disease, many sufferers overlook the importance of diabetic foot care. Find out more about diabetic foot care from your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland with locations in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes causes poor circulation, especially in the extremities like the toes and feet. This decreased blood flow can cause nerve damage, which, in turn, can cause numbness and susceptibility to infections. Small problems like a simple cut, scrape, or ingrown toenail can quickly develop into a full-blown infection of the foot. Due to the numbness caused by the decreased circulation, patients may not notice these problems until they have become serious injuries or infections.
How should I care for my feet?
Properly caring for your feet is an important part of everyday diabetic care. Examine your feet daily for any signs of injury, irritation, or trauma to the foot. Always wear fresh socks and clean your feet daily, especially after physical activity. Wear shoes with a large enough toe box to accommodate the width of your foot and allow your toes to lie flat inside the shoe. Avoid wearing narrow, dress, or high-heeled shoes.
Diabetic Foot Care and Regular Foot Examinations in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD
If you suffer from diabetes, your podiatrist can help you ensure that your feet stay healthy and free of injury and infection with regular foot examinations. During these visits, your podiatrist visually examines the feet and may suggest certain changes to keep your feet in top shape. Regular examinations give your podiatrist the chance to catch and treat any issues early before they have the chance to develop into a more complex condition.
For more information on diabetic foot care, please contact your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland at their offices in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD. Just call to schedule your appointment today!
When you have arthritis, your feet need lots of TLC. Taking good care of your feet can prevent problems before they start. Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, provides state-of-the-art foot care to their patients. Here are five foot and ankle care tips for people with arthritis.
1. Pick the Right Shoes
Wearing comfortable, supportive footwear is key. Your shoes should be wide enough so that they don't press on any calluses or bunions.
2. Stretch Your Feet
Stretching your feet can help increase your flexibility and mobility, which is important when you have arthritis. Good exercises involve stretching your Achilles tendon and the tendons in the balls of your feet and toes. Just don’t overdo it. Stretching is good to help joint mobility, but don’t do it to the point where you’re hurting yourself.
3. Massage Your Feet
Who doesn't love a foot massage? Massaging your feet may provide arthritis relief. Knead the balls of your feet and toes, starting at the top and working your way down to the bottom. You can do it yourself or ask your significant other to help you.
4. See Your Podiatrist
Because arthritis can affect the structure and function of the feet, it's important to see a podiatrist if any of the following symptoms occur in the feet: Swelling in one or more joints, redness or heat in a joint, or recurring pain or tenderness in any joint. If you have foot arthritis, have your feet checked by your podiatrist at least once a year.
5. Use Orthotic Devices
Orthotic devices can provide arthritis relief. You can get custom-made arch supports and shoe inserts from your Olney, Clinton, Kensington or Silver Spring podiatrist. Orthotic devices can correct misalignments and distribute your weight more evenly over the bottom of your feet.
Your feet deserve a little more attention than you’re probably giving them. Call Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment in Olney, Clinton, Kensington or Silver Spring, MD. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.
Your comfort is of the utmost importance at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Our team of podiatrists in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD, are skilled at diagnosing problems that require the use of orthotics, which are devices worn on the feet and ankles to maintain comfort and regain control. Learn more about orthotics and how they could potentially help you in this post.
Derived from the Greek word meaning "to align," orthotics are devices that your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton podiatrist uses on the outside of the body (as opposed to surgically-implanted hardware) that help to modify the balance or alignment of an injured or weakened foot or ankle. Shoe inserts, orthopedic footwear and ankle braces are examples of orthoses that Dr. Goldberg prescribes for his patients.
Foot orthotics, also called shoe inserts, are used for a variety of foot problems: injuries, arthritic pain or daily comfort. Although there are "one-size-fits-all" inserts available for purchase at drugstores, custom made orthotics use your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton podiatrist's measurements and recommendations to provide the most accurate support. Diabetic shoes are designed to protect the feet from injuries that could lead to major complications due to the lack of circulation associated with diabetes.
If you've sprained or broken your ankle, a brace can be used to immobilize the area and allow for proper healing. If a limb is weakened from a previous injury, ankle braces can also be helpful. This type of orthotic can also be used to correct an abnormal gait that can cause nerve damage or muscle weakness.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has convenient locations in Silver Spring, Olney, Kensington and Clinton, MD. If you think you have a foot or ankle-related problem that could benefit from orthotics, please contact the office closest to you to set up an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!
While warts aren't dangerous, they detract from a person's appearance and, when on the feet or toes, can cause discomfort while wearing shoes. At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, our podiatrists see many patients who want to get rid of their warts. In this entry, we've provided some information about how warts are treated:
What are warts?
Warts are relatively small, round growths that collect on the surface of the skin as a result of a virus. Common warts can develop on the top of the feet or the toes; these are known as common warts. Warts that develop on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts and are typically about the size of a pencil eraser, although some many grow larger. These are of particular concern for your podiatrist because they can cause intense pain for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
Why do warts need to be removed?
Many people visit their Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington podiatrist to have warts removed from visible areas for cosmetic reasons. Constant pressure on a wart can also cause significant pain to develop. Because they are caused by a viral infection, warts can also be passed to other people or other parts of your body, so removing them stops the spread of the virus.
How are warts treated?
While some warts disappear spontaneously, this process can take several years, which may not be an option if you're dealing with a painful plantar wart. Your podiatrist typically treats common warts by applying a medication that causes the wart to slough off the skin. Follow-up applications may be necessary. A minor in-office surgical procedure may also be necessary to remove a wart in its entirety. How your wart is treated depends on where it is located and its type.
If you have a wart that needs removed, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, are waiting to hear from you. Contact one of our offices today!
Most of us will experience foot issues at some point in our lives. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Adam Lowy and Dr. Christopher Farnworth, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland with offices in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, share information about five of the most common issues.
Ingrown toenails occur when the side of the nail begins to grow into your skin. If the problem isn't corrected promptly, the nail will penetrate deeper into your skin, making it difficult to remove on your own. Ingrown toenails are very painful and can become infected. Reduce your risk of ingrown toenails by cutting your toenails straight across instead of rounding the corners.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses form when your shoes rub against your feet. Your body attempts to protect your feet by building up a protective layer of skin. High heels and tight shoes are often to blame for callus or corn formation. Make sure you choose shoes that offer plenty of space in the toe box and don't constrict your foot.
Athlete's foot and toenail fungus are particularly common foot infections. The infection is very contagious and is often found in public shower and locker rooms. Wearing shower shoes and avoiding sharing towels, socks and shoes with other people can help you prevent these infections.
Bunions occur due to a misalignment of the bones at the base of your foot that forms a bump. Wearing tight shoes or high heels frequently can increase the likelihood that you'll develop the painful condition. Choosing more comfortable shoes and padding your foot and toes can help decrease bunion pain.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heel. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tough tissues that connects your heels to your toes, becomes inflamed. If you have flat feet, are overweight, are between 40 and 60 or spend hours on your feet every day, you're more likely to develop the condition.
How can a Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Lockwood podiatrist help me?
If your symptoms don't improve after trying home treatment, it's a good idea to visit a foot doctor. He can offer a variety of treatments that will decrease your pain or discomfort, including medications, orthotics, cortisone injections, night splints and surgery for more severe issues.
Put an end to your foot pain with a visit to your podiatrist. Call Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Frank, Dr. Lowy and Dr. Farnworth at their offices in Silver Spring (301) 439-0300, Olney (301) 924-5044, Clinton (301) 868-7670, Kensington (301) 942-8110.
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