If someone has diabetes, it impacts their peripheral circulation, nerve sensation and ability to heal. Feet and ankles are prone to serious wounds and infections-- through injury and prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association encourages people with Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes to pay close attention to their feet through a daily self-care routine. Your podiatrists at New England Podiatry in Boston, MA, avidly support this philosophy. Read here about how people with diabetes can have healthy, mobile feet.
You only have two feet
And, you need to keep them functional, pain-free and strong. If you are diabetic, your Boston, MA, podiatrists ask that you come to New England Podiatry at least twice a year, or as the need arises, for comprehensive foot examinations which will assess any deformities, skin issues, gait problems and existing or developing sores or pressure points. Preventive care from a highly trained foot doctor wards off deep ulcers, Charcot arthropathy (a deformity affecting the ankle), hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, bunions and other deformities.
Common sense strategies
Simply looking at your feet daily allows you to see changes which could develop into big problems if ignored or unnoticed. Watch for any redness, swelling, blisters or skin irritations from pressure created by ill-fitting shoes or poor gait. When you have your shoes and socks off, be sure to:
- Bathe your feet daily with warm water and mild soap.
- Moisturize your feet to avoid dry skin.
- Change your socks daily, and make sure they fit smoothly.
- Put on well-fitting shoes with good support and ample room for the toes to move.
- Note any corns or calluses, but do not treat them at home. Tell your Boston, MA, podiatrist.
- Always wear shoes outdoors to avoid injury.
Additionally, daily exercise as tolerated improves circulation and range of motion in the joints of the foot and ankle. If you smoke, please seek out a smoking cessation program with your primary care physician because cigarettes impair peripheral circulation, a condition which even non-smoking diabetics may struggle with.
Receive the best podiatric care
When you come to New England Podiatry, you'll receive thorough, compassionate care for your feet and ankles. You can reduce your risk of diabetic complications. For your routine examination, please contact either one of our convenient locations. In Chestnut Hill, call (617) 232-1752, and for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital office, phone (617) 630-8280.
If this fungal infection happens to you find out the best methods for eliminating it.
Whether you forgo shower shoes in your gym locker room or you have particularly sweaty feet, there are a variety of risk factors that could lead to athlete’s foot. This fungal infection causes a red, itchy rash on the feet and while the symptoms may only be self-limiting, it’s still important that you treat the problem as soon as it arises. Our Boston, MA, area podiatrists are here to tell you more about this common foot infection and what you can do to get rid of it.
What is athlete’s foot?
This contagious fungal infection (medically known as tinea pedis) is often found on the feet but can spread to other areas of the body. If you notice blistering, itching red patches between the toes or on the soles of your feet then you may be dealing with athlete’s foot. Even though it’s called athlete’s foot, even non-athletes can develop this inflammatory skin infection.
How can you develop athlete’s foot?
Fungus is all around us, so it goes without saying that it’s easy for anyone to develop a fungal infection if they don’t take precautionary measures. Knowing where fungus can thrive is important if you are prone to athlete’s foot.
Fungus loves to live in dark, damp environments such as swimming pools, gym locker rooms and showers, and even the salon where you get your pedicures. Since athlete’s foot is contagious it’s easy for this problem to spread if you come in contact with someone who has it. This is why it’s important to wear shoes and to never go barefoot in these areas where fungus can grow.
How is athlete’s foot treated?
There are many antifungal medications that you can get to treat your infection. In fact, a lot of these medications can be found over-the-counter at your local drugstore. Common athlete’s foot medications include Lotrimin and Lamisil, to name a few.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to talk to one of our Boston, MA, area podiatrists before you start taking any new medications to treat the infection. You should always follow the instructions exactly as they appear on the medication. In most cases, you will continue treatment for several weeks before the infection is fully gone.
If you find that your symptoms are severe, getting worse or don’t respond to at-home treatment then you may need to turn to us for a prescription-strength oral medication to nip the problem in the bud. You will want to seek treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the infection doesn’t continue to spread.
New England Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Chestnut Hill and Newton serving the greater Boston, MA area. We handle everything from athlete’s foot to severe foot deformities (and everything in between). Call us today to learn more from our podiatrists.
Are you worried that your ankle problems could actually be the result of a sprain?
If you are an athlete you may find yourself faced with an ankle injury at some point during your lifetime. If you are noticing that something is wrong but you aren’t quite sure what’s going on, you may be wondering whether or not you have a sprained ankle. Our Boston, MA area podiatrists are here to help you determine whether your twisted ankle could really be a sprain.
While you’ve probably twisted your ankle before, if your ankle becomes tender, stiff or starts to swell then you may have sprained it. An ankle sprain results when the ligaments have become overstretched or have even incurred micro tears. Despite the fact that a lot of people may sprain their ankles each year, this doesn’t mean that this is a problem you should just ignore.
If an ankle sprain is ignored it can lead to instability, repeated sprains or other issues in the long run, which is why it’s so important that you seek care from our Boston foot doctors if you think you may have a sprained ankle.
There are other symptoms associated with a sprained ankle. You may experience bruising immediately after the injury has occurred. You may find that you can’t put any weight on the ankle without it causing severe pain. Some patients report hearing an audible popping sound when the injury occurred (this is common for those in contact sports). There may also be limited range of motion when moving the ankle around.
How is a sprained ankle treated?
If the sprain is only minor then it can often be managed with the simple RICE method of rest, ice, compression and elevation. You’ll want to take this time to rest as much as possible and to stay off the affected ankle so that it can heal efficiently. If you have a moderate sprain, our podiatrists may recommend wearing a supportive boot or crutches. Physical therapy and rehab may also be prescribed.
New England Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Chestnut Hill, MA, and Newton, MA. If you are dealing with an ankle injury of any kind, call our office today so that we can get to the bottom of the issue together.
Heel pain affects many people at one time or another in their lives. Heel pain can make daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, painful and difficult. The good news is there are treatments for alleviating the pain and discomfort of heel pain. In the Boston, MA area, the podiatrists at New England Podiatry will diagnose the cause of your heel pain and develop an individualized treatment plan to minimize pain and heal your injury.
Causes and Types of Heel Pain
Heel pain often develops over time rather than suddenly following an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The development of heel pain is a gradual process resulting from repeated stress to the heel of the foot. Stress can be caused by an activity as simple as walking or one more strenuous, such as running, kickboxing and other high-impact movements.
Two of the most common types of heel pain are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis, also called tendonitis, is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel and can also lead to the development of heel spurs. A heel spur is the build up of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel.
Treating Heel Pain
Different treatment methods are available for treating heel pain. The treatment your podiatrist recommends will depend on the cause of your heel pain. Treatment options include resting the heel, stretching, using orthotic foot supports, wearing supportive footwear, physical therapy or medications, such as corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory drugs. For those that don't respond to the previous treatments, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) may be prescribed. This procedure directs sounds waves at the affected area and stimulates a healing response. In some cases, foot surgery might be needed. For treatment of heel pain in the Boston area, visit New England Podiatry.
No matter what caused your heel pain, there are treatments that can provide relief. The podiatrists at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can treat your heel pain at either of their two convenient locations. To schedule an appointment at the Chestnut Hill office, call (617) 232-1752 or call (617) 630-8280 for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital location.
A few of the most common foot issues that podiatrists treat are bunions, toenail fungus and heel pain. These conditions are often embarrassing to deal with and can make it difficult to walk, exercise or complete your daily activities. If you have one or more of these foot issues, learn more about how a doctor at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help.
A bunion develops when the big toe is constantly forced toward the other toes. The bone on the inside of the foot begins to project outward, causing a lump to form. Sometimes, this problem can be resolved by simply changing your shoe wear. Custom orthotics must be made to try to realign the foot. Ice therapy can reduce inflammation. In serious cases, a bunion can be surgically corrected with a procedure called a bunionectomy.
Many patients think that toenail fungus is just an inconvenience, but if it’s not treated it can develop into a problem that makes it difficult to walk and workout normally. Fungus forms around and under the bed of the toenail—it can cause the toenail to peel and crack. Luckily, this toe problem can be treated with the PinPointe Laser.
Pain in the heel is commonly related to a condition called plantar fasciitis. It’s an inflammation of the plantar fascia that extends from the toe to the heel. This can cause heel spurs (calcium growths) to form. This is a painful problem that can now be treated with a modern outpatient procedure called Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. Many patients are back to work after just a week. Non-surgical remedies include orthotics, cortisone injections, physical therapy and shockwave therapy.
Getting Help with Your Foot Issues
No matter your foot issue, a podiatrist at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help. Call today to schedule an examination and talk about your treatment options.
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