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By Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Take care of your feet, and they'll take care of you and keep you moving and active. However, any number of circumstances and health diabetic foot careconditions threaten your lower extremities, and diabetes ranks high on that list. Your podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates in Newark and Greenville, DE and Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn, PA, cater to the special needs of their diabetic patients. In a comfortable and friendly manner, this team of foot doctors help diabetics control ulcerations, circulation problems, and other hazards associated with their podiatric health. Read here about what diabetic foot care involves.

The dangers of diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta notes that more than nine percent of Americans suffer from diabetes. The varying blood sugar levels associated with diabetes lead to many health problems in the lower extremities. At Foot and Ankle Associates in Newark, Greenville, Kennett Square, Jennersville, Boothwyn, the podiatrists say that diabetics are prone to:

  • Compromised circulation
  • Infections and ulcerations (putting these patients at risk for amputation)
  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage, causing symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain

As such, your foot doctors agree with the advice of the American Diabetes Association: practice regular foot care at home and see your podiatrist for in-office examinations at regular intervals.

Caring for your feet

These self-care techniques are truly common sense. You already may be doing some of them at home.

Diabetic foot care includes:

  • Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
  • Inspecting your feet for signs of redness, cuts, abrasions, or areas of discoloration
  • Cutting your toenails as needed with clean clippers, trimming straight across the tops to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Wearing clean, dry socks every day and keeping your shoes on both indoors and outdoors
  • Controlling blood sugars
  • Eliminating cigarettes as tobacco compromises peripheral circulation
  • Moisturizing your feet to avoid cracks, cuts, and infection
  • Exercising to keep blood flowing

In the office, your podiatrist will inspect your feet for signs of wounds and infection. He or she also will check how you walk. As necessary, your foot doctor will trim your nails, remove any corns and calluses, and recommend special shoes, shoe padding, and customized orthotics to alleviate pressure points, improve gait, and relieve the pain of neuropathy.

Additionally, if you do develop a diabetic foot ulcer, the professional team is expert in state-of-the-art wound care, including innovative VAC (Vacuum Assisted Closure) which speeds healing of acute or chronic ulcers.

Stay vigilant

You can have healthy feet even if you are diabetic, and your friends at Foot and Ankle Associates will help you be at your best. If it's time for your routine check-up or if you're new to podiatric care, please call one of our five locations for an appointment in Newark and Greenville, DE and Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn, PA. We have convenient office hours to fit your busy schedule. We look forward to seeing you!

By Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP
May 31, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Child Podiatry   Foot Care  

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.

We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.

Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:

  • Your child’s age
  • The shoe’s material
  • Your child’s shoe size
  • The shoe’s structure

A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.

As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!

Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.

Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.

When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.

By Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP
April 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP
April 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprained ankle  

What your foot doctors in Newark, Greenville, Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn want you to knowankle sprain

Spraining your ankle is easier than you think, especially as you get older. When you are young, tendons, muscles, and ligaments are more flexible, helping you withstand sudden movements without getting injured. As you age, your muscles weaken and your tendons and ligaments become stiff. If you experience sudden, unexpected movement, chances are good you will experience a sprain.

So, how do you know if you have sprained your ankle? Your podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates can help answer that question. They have several convenient office locations in Newark and Greenville, DE and Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn, PA to help you.

If you have sprained your ankle, you may experience these signs and symptoms:

  • Severe pain around your ankle
  • Ankle swelling and bruising
  • Your ankle pops when you move around
  • Your ankle moves abnormally when you put weight on it
  • You feel ankle instability when you stand or try to walk

There are some simple therapies you can try to treat your ankle sprain at home, such as:

  • Elevating your ankle for the first two days
  • Keeping weight off of your ankle while it’s healing
  • Icing your ankle for 20 minutes several times during the day
  • Wrapping or taping your ankle to add support
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen

If you don’t get relief from home therapies, it’s time to see your podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates. They will suggest helpful treatments like these:

  • Wearing a walking cast or brace to immobilize your ankle
  • Using crutches to help you walk or move around
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and reduce swelling and stiffness

Ankle sprains are common in runners, soccer players, and tennis players, but you don’t have to be an athlete to experience an ankle sprain. Even a small trip-and-fall experience can result in a sprained ankle.

Don’t suffer needlessly when help is just a phone call away. If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, pick up the phone and call your podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Associates, with offices in Newark and Greenville, DE and Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn, PA. Call today!

By Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Cracked Heels  

Dry, cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be a source of pain and embarrassment. When the fissures in your heel become so dry and cracked that they bleed and hurt when you walk, it’s time to seek professional care from your podiatrist. Left untreated, heel fissures can become so deep and painful that they lead to an infection.

Cracked heels are most commonly caused by splitting of the skin as a result of severe dryness or thickening of a callus on your heel. Severe cases of dry, cracked heels can occur for numerous reasons, including:

  • Cold winter weather or dry climates
  • Dehydration
  • Having diabetes
  • Scrubbing feet too harshly
  • Soaking in a hot bath or shower for too long or too frequently
  • Not moisturizing the feet
  • Increased weight
  • Walking barefoot or wearing open-backed sandals or shoes
  • Prolonged standing at work or home
  • Chronic skin problems, such as eczema or psoriasis

Here are a few tips for keeping heels from cracking:

  • Moisturize your feet daily.
  • Avoid walking barefoot or wearing open-backed shoes.
  • Opt for mild soaps that won’t dry out your heels.
  • Increase your water intake to keep your body hydrated.
  • Limit time in the shower as hot water dries out the skin.
  • Use a pumice stone or file as directed by your doctor to gently decrease thick calluses.

When to Visit Our Office

Cracked heels may begin as an annoyance or simple cosmetic issue, but they can lead to pain and serious infection if not managed properly. Most cases of dry, cracked heels will get better with a little foot pampering or over-the-counter foot cream.

When your heels are severely cracked or painful and conservative treatments have proven ineffective, visit our office. People with diabetes are at an especially high risk for health problems, and should not wait to have dry feet cared for. Severely cracked heels need moisture to avoid pain, bleeding and infection. A podiatrist can work with you to relieve your cracked heels, and get you back on your feet again.





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