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August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Diabetic Foot Exams

A diabetic foot exam is vital for individuals with diabetes due to their increased risk of developing foot problems resulting from nerve and blood vessel damage because of high blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy, caused by this damage, can lead to numbness or a loss of sensation in the feet, making it challenging to detect calluses, blisters, or cuts. If left untreated, these issues can progress to ulcers and infections, potentially necessitating amputation. A diabetic foot exam aims to identify these problems early to prevent severe complications. The process involves gathering information about medical history, diabetes management, medications, and any symptoms experienced. A thorough skin examination checks for dryness, cracking, calluses, blisters, ulcers, or other abnormalities and compares the temperature of the feet for symmetry. Nerve function and sensation in the feet, blood flow, and foot and ankle pulses are assessed, as well as musculoskeletal problems like bent or overlapping toes. To maintain healthy feet, individuals with diabetes should perform daily self-checks and practice proper foot hygiene. If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist and include this specialist among your healthcare providers to see regularly.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Bunions are a prevalent foot condition, bringing discomfort and challenges to daily life. These bony protrusions, medically known as hallux valgus, develop at the joint where the big toe meets the foot. They often occur from a combination of factors, including genetics, ill- fitting footwear, and structural anomalies in the foot. Defined by the outward deviation of the big toe and the subsequent misalignment of bones, bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable shoes. Living with bunions requires proactive measures. Choosing shoes that have ample toe space and arch support can help to reduce discomfort. Surgery may be needed for removal if the bunion is severe and affecting the other toes. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact the podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the blood, leading to the formation of urate crystals in the joints. These sharp crystals trigger sudden, severe pain, redness, and swelling, commonly affecting the big toe.  Anyone can develop gout, but certain factors can increase the risk. Men are more susceptible to getting gout than women, and individuals with a family history of gout have a higher likelihood of developing this condition. Lifestyle choices such as consuming a diet rich in purines, excessive alcohol intake, obesity, and certain medications can also contribute to gout. There are effective treatments that aim to alleviate pain during attacks and prevent future flare-ups. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and colchicine are commonly prescribed to manage gout symptoms. Long-term management involves lifestyle modifications, including dietary changes, weight loss, and limiting alcohol consumption. With proper management and awareness of risk factors, individuals with gout can lead healthier, more comfortable lives. If you have gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to deal with this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Easing Heel Spur Pain

Heel spurs, or osteophytes, are extra bone growths on the heel bone that can cause pain and discomfort. Although only 5% of people with heel spurs experience pain, they can develop from conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis, leading to inflammation and pressure on the heel. Exercises can help increase flexibility in the plantar fascia and strengthen foot muscles to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, though they will not make heel spurs go away. Such exercises include the big toe stretch, calf stretches, golf ball rolls, and more. The big toe stretch involves crossing the affected leg over the opposite leg, gently grabbing the big toe between the thumb and index finger, and slowly pulling the big toe upward until a stretch is felt on the bottom of the foot. Calf stretches are done by standing facing a wall with the hands placed on the wall at shoulder height and stepping the injured foot back about 18 inches. The heel should be flat on the ground and the front knee bent forward. Slowly lean forward until a stretch is felt along the back calf. For the golf ball roll, sit in a chair with a golf ball placed under the bare foot and roll it from the ball of the foot to the heel several times. Other treatments for heel spurs include wearing orthotics, night splints, steroid injections, or in severe cases, surgery. If you have a painful heel spur, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment tailored to your needs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wearing flip-flops can have significant effects on feet, leading to various issues. The lack of arch support and minimal cushioning can cause strain on the arches, leading to conditions like plantar fasciitis or flat feet. The lack of foot stability and constant gripping of toes to keep the flip-flops in place can result in toe cramps and hammertoes. Additionally, flip-flops offer little protection, making feet vulnerable to injuries like cuts, scrapes, and stubbed toes. To mitigate these effects, opt for supportive and cushioned footwear when engaging in prolonged walking or physical activities. If you experience foot pain or discomfort from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can address any foot and ankle issues you may have and provide suitable footwear recommendations that promote foot health and overall comfort.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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