What your foot doctors in Newark, Greenville, Kennett Square, Jennersville, and Boothwyn want you to know
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!
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
- 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.
The summertime is a great time to show off your new sandals and allow your feet to breathe. But since the warmer months can be rough on your feet, it's important to give your feet a little extra care to keep them looking great and feeling healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your feet in tip-top shape during the summer.
Keep feet clean
The best line of defense against fungal infections is proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes. Wash feet with soap and water daily, and dry them thoroughly to prevent infection. Wear shower shoes in public places, like pools and locker rooms. And to prevent ingrown nails and toenail fungus, keep toenails trimmed straight across.
Avoid walking barefoot
Walking outside in the summertime without shoes increases the risk of injury and infection. You never know what’s sitting out on the beach, and the last thing you want is to unexpectedly step on a sharp rock or piece of debris and cut your foot.
Protect feet from the sun
Wearing sunscreen is extremely important in the summertime - and that means lathering up the exposed skin on your feet and ankles too. If you’re a habitual sandals wearer, make sure to put sunscreen on before putting your feet in your shoes!
Keep your feet fungus free
Coupled with good foot hygiene, you can also prevent toenail fungus by alternating your shoes. If you suspect a fungus infected nail, visit us right away for early treatment.
Treat your feet to a pedicure
Eliminate rough, dead, winter skin and improve the appearance of your toenails with a pedicure. Do it yourself, or pamper yourself with a professional pedicure for attractive summer feet you'll be proud to show off.
The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends getting your pedicure in the morning, when salon foot baths are at their cleanest. Don’t shave your legs prior to your pedicure, even if you’re tempted to! When your legs are freshly shaven, they can have small cuts that allow bacteria to enter. Also, ensure you or the person performing your pedicure does not cut your cuticles, because they are your nail’s barrier to infection.
After the pedicure, don’t leave nail polish on all summer long. Remove it periodically to allow your nail bed to breathe, and then you’re free to swap to another festive summer color!
Prevent painful blisters
Sandals and flip-flops can lead to irritating blisters when they rub against your bare skin. Use padding or bandages to prevent and reduce friction.
Examine your flip flops
Flip flops are great for allowing your feet to breathe all summer long, but thong sandals can result in sore feet and ankles due to their lack of support. Choose styles with arch and heel support to keep feet healthy and pain-free.
Following these easy steps during the summer months can go a long way in keeping your feet looking and feeling their very best. Inspect your feet daily, and if you encounter any unusual foot problems or experience pain, contact our office for a thorough evaluation.
With age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape, a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet, thinner, drier skin, and brittle nails. You may even develop arthritis.
As the feet change, they naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of growing old, or something to be tolerated. You can do many things now to help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.
Taking good care of your feet has many benefits, including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips can help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the golden years:
- Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities.
- Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet.
- Avoid going barefoot.
- Never cut corns or calluses on your own.
- Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap.
- Moisturize daily.
- Trim and file toenails straight across.
- Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, consult our office.
- Have your feet examined at least once a year.
There are literally hundreds of different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older people most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.
Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings. Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.
If you are dealing with diabetic-related foot wounds find out how VAC therapy could help.
Whether you’ve just recently been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been living with it your whole life, it’s important that you pay attention to your feet to make sure any foot complications are dealt with as quickly as possible. If you do develop a diabetic foot ulcer it’s important that you turn to our team of podiatrists in Newark, DE, for immediate care.
There are several different approaches to treating a diabetic foot ulcer, but it is important that you seek immediate medical care to make sure the ulcer is properly treated so an infection doesn’t set in. Treating your diabetic foot ulcer and providing you with the proper treatment you need to heal quickly and effectively is the name of the game when you turn to our Newark foot doctors.
What is VAC therapy?
VAC therapy stands for vacuum-assisted closure therapy and it’s an efficient way to heal open wounds faster. How it works is actually fairly simple. You might not realize this but the gases in the air can put pressure on areas of the body, which can make it more difficult for wounded spots to heal. When you get VAC therapy the goal is to seal the wound and remove air pressure to help it heal faster.
First, a sterile piece of gauze is placed over the ulcer or open wound. Then a sticky film is placed over the gauze. Under the sticky film is a small tube that connects to a pump that will create a vacuum to suck out the air pressure from around the wound.
Who should consider VAC therapy?
This treatment option is a great one for someone who has just experienced a diabetic wound or ulcer. This is also a great option for someone who deals with chronic or persistent diabetic-related wounds that take a long time to heal.
You may find that VAC therapy is the ideal method for reducing your symptoms and facilitating faster healing while also reducing drainage, swelling and inflammation. It can also prevent bacteria from getting inside the wound while improving blood flow to the area, which can help improve your healing time.
Foot and Ankle Associates has three offices in Kennett Square, Jennersville and Boothwyn, PA, and two offices in Greenville and Newark, DE. Call us right away if you notice any changes to your feet.
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