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Diabetics must pay close attention to their feet and ankles. Unfortunately, diabetes compromises peripheral circulation and damages the nerves in the lower extremities, reducing sensation and function. Diabetes also increases the chance of infection and drastically slows wound healing. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Marc Goldberg promote proper diabetic foot care at home and offer the finest in-office diagnoses and treatments in the Camp Springs/Clinton area.
Diabetes and your feet
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This condition affects blood glucose levels and increases the chances of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and a host of other serious health conditions.
As high blood sugars diminish micro-circulation in the feet, cause tingling, reduce sensations (neuropathy), and lower the immune system, diabetics have special foot care needs. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Clinton podiatrists promote a sensible, ordered care plan to keep diabetics free of:
- Impaired sensation and functionality
- Limb loss
In addition, they ask their patients to have routine diabetic foot checks at the office. Professional vigilance catches problems the patient may not perceive and starts treatment as soon as possible to keep them from progressing.
An at-home care plan
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommends these straightforward ways to help diabetics to keep their feet healthy. They include:
- Daily inspection of the feet for bruising, redness, cuts, or sores
- Daily washing of feet with warm water and mild soap
- Moisturizing to reduce dryness and cracking
- Clipping toenails straight across with clean clippers (to avoid infection and ingrown toenails)
- Smoking cessation (tobacco compromises micro-circulation)
- Wearing supportive footwear (even indoors)
- Changing socks daily or whenever they are sweaty
- Alternating pairs of shoes
- Getting regular podiatric examinations
- Controlling blood sugar levels
- Reporting any problems or concerns to your foot doctor right away
- Never removing corns or calluses at home
- Daily exercise (simple walking or swimming works well)
Healthy feet for all
Whether you have diabetes or no serious systemic health issue, get routine podiatric examinations at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We have 4 offices to serve you in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.
Find out the best ways to manage your bunion symptoms.
The sooner you find out that you have a bunion the sooner you can provide your feet with the care and treatment it deserves to prevent this common foot deformity from getting worse. From the office of our Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, find out the best ways to prevent bunion pain.
Wear the Right Shoes
Did you know that wearing high heels with a 2.5-inch heel can increase how much weight is placed on the forefoot by 75 percent? Imagine what that added pressure can do to your bunion. Needless to say, it’s probably going to cause you pain and discomfort, not to mention make the bunion worse. Play it safe and stay away from high heels whenever possible, opting for more conservative shoes with heels that are less than 2 inches.
If you notice that a day of wearing shoes has left your bunion feeling rather angry and pained then you may be looking for a way to relieve your pain. There are a couple simple measures that could help. Ice is a great option for not just easing pain but also reducing swelling.
Wrap an ice pack in a towel and then apply to the bunion for up to 10 minutes at a time. If the pain is really bothering you and you’re looking for a quick, temporary fix then an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen can eliminate your pain and swelling.
Apply Protective Padding
You’re going to have to put on your shoes at some point, so why not make it feel more comfortable? Sure, you should always be wearing shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on the bunion but it’s also a good idea to give your bunion a little added protection. You can do this by applying a non-medicated protective pad over the area. These protective bunion pads may contain gel or be made from soft materials like moleskin. Choose the one that feels best for you.
While a bunion will not go away by itself it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to provide your feet with the proper care it needs to prevent the bunion from getting worse from your podiatrist in Kensington, MD. Of course, it’s important to know whether or not you are even dealing with a bunion. Call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD.
If heel pain is dictating how you live your life, we are here to help.
Heel pain, it really is a nuisance. It makes it difficult just to get around and run errands let alone enjoy your normal workout. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that heel pain often goes away on its own if you ease off the foot and give it a chance to heal. Of course, in some situations, heel pain doesn’t get better. This is when our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy can help.
What can cause heel pain?
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that results in inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel). Plantar fascia is an overuse injury, which means that it often comes about gradually. This can often occur if you suddenly increase the intensity of a run or workout without slowly working up to it.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you’ve experienced heel pain before then you probably know how to best treat your symptoms until the problem goes away. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t ease up after a few weeks of care then it’s time to visit our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, foot doctors to find out how to treat your heel pain. Sometimes heel pain can be recurring or chronic, so it’s important to have the issue evaluated as soon as possible.
How is heel pain treated?
There are several ways in which to ease your symptoms until the condition heals itself. Try some of these simple at-home treatments:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Ice the heel for 15 minutes at a time 3 times a day
- Rest and avoid certain activities
- Wear compression or supportive socks to reduce swelling
- Consider a night splint
- Wear proper footwear
If at-home care doesn’t help then it’s time to talk to a podiatrist about other more aggressive techniques such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to ease symptoms and to promote healing.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has four locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, to ensure that everyone is able to get the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care, give us a call today.
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.