Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers and peripheral neuropathy are common complications of diabetes, often resulting in significant pain and discomfort. Neuropathy, caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels, damages the nerves, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain in the feet. Ulcers develop due to reduced blood flow and the inability to sense injuries, allowing minor wounds to progress into serious infections. Assessment involves a thorough examination of the feet, checking for signs of neuropathy, poor circulation, and existing ulcers. Podiatrists use tools like monofilaments to test sensation and Doppler devices to assess blood flow. Management focuses on controlling blood sugar levels, proper wound care, and preventing further complications. Pain from neuropathy is treated with medications, while ulcers require cleaning, debridement, and specialized dressings. Custom orthotics and appropriate footwear can alleviate pressure on affected areas. If you suffer from diabetic-related foot problems, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist for optimal care. 

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 Nassau Foot & Ankle. 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 our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy is a time of profound physical changes, and foot pain can be a common discomfort experienced by many expecting mothers. Several factors contribute to foot pain during pregnancy, including weight gain, hormonal changes, and the body's altered center of gravity. As the uterus expands and the baby grows, additional pressure is placed on the feet, leading to swelling and discomfort. Hormonal changes, particularly increased levels of relaxin, can loosen ligaments and joints in the feet, making them more susceptible to strain and injury. Furthermore, changes in posture and gait due to the shifting center of gravity can put added stress on the feet, leading to pain and fatigue. Additionally, pre-existing foot conditions, such as flat feet or overpronation, may become more problematic during pregnancy. While foot pain during pregnancy is often temporary and resolves after childbirth, supportive footwear, practicing regular foot exercises, and elevating the feet can help alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have developed foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Braces and splints play a vital role in the management and rehabilitation of foot and ankle injuries, particularly ankle sprains. These supportive devices are designed to immobilize and protect the affected joint. They also help to reduce pain and swelling, which can accelerate the healing process. For acute ankle sprains, the use of a functional ankle brace has been shown to be more effective than immobilization or compression wraps. This is true not only in terms of enhancing functional outcomes but also in preventing future ankle sprains. However, it is essential to seek professional guidance from a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. A podiatrist can assess the severity of the injury and recommend the most suitable brace or splint, ensuring correct sizing, fit, and length of use. Selecting the wrong brace or splint or using it incorrectly may impede healing or even worsen the symptoms. Also, prolonged use of a brace without proper rehabilitation may lead to joint stiffness and muscle weakness, increasing the risk of further complications. If you have sustained an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure optimal recovery and prevent recurrent injuries.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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