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Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, are here to help with your foot care.
Diabetes is when there are high levels of sugar in the blood. This chronic disease affects your body's ability to fight infections, especially when it comes to your feet. Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage.
Foot Care Advice from your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD Podiatrists:
- Inspect your feet daily to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems
- Go to your podiatrist to treat corns, or calluses
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks, avoid heating pads
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing to avoid cutting your foot on a pebble
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams
- Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon regularly can help prevent diabetic foot complication
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges
- Don’t cut nails too short though
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- Avoid washing feet with hot water, so use lukewarm water
- Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy today.
Athlete’s foot can happen to anyone. Find out what you can do to stop it.
You don’t have to be an athlete to develop this fungal infection in your feet that leads to a scaling itchy rash that may burn, sting or crack. In most cases, this rash will develop between the toes or on the soles. No matter whether this is your first bout with athlete’s foot or you develop infection regularly, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy think it’s important that you understand more about this common infection so you know not just how to treat it effectively when it comes about but also how to prevent it in the future.
What is athlete’s foot?
Also referred to as tinea pedis, this itchy and contagious infection is caused by the tinea fungus. You can get athlete’s foot by coming in contact with someone who has this infection or by touching contaminated surfaces. Remember, fungus loves dark, warm and damp spaces such as locker rooms and communal showers.
Is it preventable?
Even though this fungal infection is contagious it is preventable with the proper hygiene and habits in place. If someone in your family has athlete’s foot the goal is to prevent it from spreading. The best way to do this is to not share towels, bath rugs, socks or shoes with the infected family member.
If you are someone who is prone to athlete’s foot you may want to point the finger at those sweaty shoes of yours. If you find that your feet sweat regularly the worse thing you can do is leave your feet in the same shoes day in and day out. Swap out shoes every 24 hours and give the used pair time to air out. Place an anti-fungal spray or powder in the shoes both before and after use. Also, wear socks that help wick away sweat and moisture.
Take your athlete’s foot prevention a step further and invest in some shower shoes. These sandals are important for protecting your feet in a college dorm bathroom, swimming pool area or gym locker room floor, where fungus loves to live.
I have athlete’s foot. Now what?
There are simple topical anti-fungal treatments you can find at your local drugstore that may be able to clear up the infection. Remember to follow the medication’s instructions exactly as directed to ensure that it’s effective. If symptoms are severe, worsen or don’t respond to at-home treatment (or if you have diabetes) you should schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors.
If you are dealing with athlete’s foot and you’re not sure the best way to treat the infection, or if your symptoms are severe, call the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. With offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, we make it easy to get the foot care you need.
Find out why the health of your feet is so vital when you have diabetes.
Those with diabetes know all too well about the importance of keeping blood sugar levels in check. If blood sugar levels are too high for too long this can lead to issues such as nerve damage, infection, poor circulation and other serious conditions that can greatly impact the health of your feet. Our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what you can do maintain healthy feet if you have diabetes.
Perform Daily Self-Exams on Your Feet
How will you know that you are experiencing issues with your feet if you never take the time to look them over? It’s important that you are keeping an eye on your feet everyday to look for any warning signs such as blisters, redness, swelling or areas that are tender to the touch, as these symptoms and problems can quickly turn serious if they aren’t properly cared for. It only takes a couple of minutes to perform these self-exams but they could just end up protecting your feet from severe issues.
Keep Feet Clean
It’s important that you wash your feet every day in order to remove bacteria that could lead to infection. This means using soap and lukewarm and washing all areas of your feet, including between your toes water (you will want to first test the water with your elbow if you have any nerve damage in your feet to prevent burning yourself). After a thorough washing, make sure to also thoroughly dry your feet and use a moisturizer to prevent cracking and dryness.
Know When to See a Doctor
It’s important that you are maintaining strong communication between yourself, your doctor and your foot doctor in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, to make sure you are getting comprehensive care whenever you need it. Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels is the most important thing you can do not just to keep your diabetes in check but also to protect yourself from health complications. And if you notice any sores, cuts, redness, swelling or calluses on your feet it’s important to give us a call as soon as possible.
Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
It might be tempting to take your shoes off, especially if you are in the comfort of your own home, but it’s important that you have protective footwear on at all times. This is particularly important if you have any issues with circulation or nerve damage in your feet, as you won’t always be able to feel when you have stepped on something or cut yourself, which can quickly turn into an infection. Play it safe and wear shoes and socks everyday, no matter if you are inside or outside.
Don’t let diabetes affect your quality of life or your foot health. If you are dealing with any changes in your feet it’s important that you have foot care specialists that you can turn to for immediate medical attention. If you are looking for comprehensive foot and ankle care in the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas then call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today.
There is nothing like playing a sport to have fun and keep you in great condition too! Sometimes, no matter how fit you are, you may experience a sports injury, and your feet are especially vulnerable. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your feet from injury.
The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland want to share the facts about some common sports injuries affecting your feet, and how they can help you get back on your feet fast. They have several convenient office locations in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD to help you and your feet.
The best way to protect your feet from injury is to always wear the right footwear for the sport you are playing. Before any activity, always stretch your feet and ankles to promote circulation and increase flexibility. If you experience foot pain, take a rest and apply ice to the affected area.
These are just a few of the common sports injuries to your feet you might experience:
Plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the band of tissue running across your heel; you can get relief from plantar fasciitis pain by icing your heel, taking over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen, and giving your feet a rest.
Shin splints, caused by inflammation of the large bone in the front of your leg called the tibia; you can get relief from shin splints by applying ice packs to your leg, and avoiding high-impact activities until your pain is resolved.
Fractures or dislocations, caused by a sudden trauma and inadequate foot and ankle protection; these type of injuries can result in an inability to walk or put weight on your ankles and feet. You may lose stability and be prone to sudden, abnormal ankle movement.
For these more serious injuries, you need to visit your podiatrist. Some common treatments your podiatrist may recommend include:
- Wearing a cast to provide support while your foot or ankle heals
- Taking prescription-strength pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Exercises, stretches and physical therapy to increase mobility
- Surgical treatment to restore correct foot and ankle alignment
For more detailed information about how sports can affect your feet, please visit the Sports and Your Feet page on the website at https://www.marylandfeet.com/library/1936/SportsandYourFeet.html
You can protect your feet against the wear-and-tear from playing the sports you love. Don’t let foot pain keep you from being active. If you are suffering from a sports injury to your feet, just pick up the phone and call your podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD. Get relief by calling today!
Are you susceptible to ingrown toenails? Find out what you can do about it.
Ingrown toenails: they are painful and unpleasant when they happen. Even though they may not seem like a big deal there are some instances in which an ingrown toenail may require professional care or treatment in order to properly heal. From the office of our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, learn more about how to prevent an ingrown toenail and what symptoms might mean that you are dealing with a more serious issue.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is when the corner or edge of a toenail grows into the skin. Those with an ingrown toenail will often experience pain, swelling and redness right where the nail digs into the skin.
How can you prevent an ingrown toenail?
One of the best ways to prevent ingrown toenails is to know how to properly trim your toenail. The main rules are to not trim your toenails too short and not to cut the edge of your toenails shorter than the rest of your nail. Trim them straight across rather than trimming them at an angle and keep the nails level with the tips of your toes.
It’s also important that you are wearing the proper footwear. If you are wearing socks and shoes you can test this right now. Try to wiggle your toes around inside your shoes. Can you? If you can’t, or if your toes are bunched up, then your shoes are far too tight. This can put added pressure on the nails and lead to ingrown toenails.
If you are an athlete you are also at risk for developing ingrown toenails. Protect your feet from injury by making sure you are wearing the proper footwear for your chosen sport.
When should I seek medical attention for an ingrown toenail?
The issue with an ingrown toenail is that it can often cause the skin to crack or break, which allows bacteria to get under the skin and cause an infection. Those with an infection will often notice that the skin is red, extremely painful and warm to the touch. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you contact your foot doctor to find out whether you need to come in for an evaluation.
Those patients who have nerve damage in their feet or diabetes who are also experiencing an ingrown toenail should come in as soon as possible for treatment even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms of an infection.
Are you living in Silver Spring, Kensington, Olney or Clinton, MD, and looking for a podiatrist that can help you with your current foot and ankle issues? If so, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today and let’s talk about the ways in which we can help you.