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Simple steps that help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy

A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. When people with diabetes take proactive steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

People ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes account for about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.

“The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996,” says Catherine Hudson, DPM, a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Center and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can reduce the number of amputations even more.”

People with diabetes may be less aware of cuts or wounds on their feet due to the nerve damage related to their disease, Dr. Hudson points out. “Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they develop into a health crisis.”

APMA offers advice to help people with diabetes protect their foot health:

  • Inspect your feet daily, checking the entire foot and all 10 toes for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. Treat wounds immediately and see your podiatrist if a problem persists or infection is apparent.
  • Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Be sure to wear athletic shoes appropriate for the type of exercise you’re doing.
  • When you buy new shoes, have them properly measured and fitted. Foot size and shape can change over time, and ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of foot pain and lesions. Certain types of shoes, socks, and custom orthotics are available for people with diabetes, and they may be covered under Medicare. You can find a list of podiatrist-approved footwear and products for people with diabetes on the APMA website, www.apma.org.
  • Keep your feet covered and never go barefoot, even at home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great.
  • See a podiatrist to remove calluses, corns, or warts—don’t tackle them yourself, and don’t ask an unlicensed nonprofessional to do it. Over-the-counter products can burn your skin and injure your foot. Podiatrists are specially trained to address all aspects of foot health for people with diabetes.
  • Get checkups twice a year. An exam by your podiatrist is the best way to ensure your feet stay healthy.

“For people with diabetes, taking charge of your own foot health can help you avoid foot-related complications like amputation,” Dr. Hudson says. “Working with today’s podiatrist will help you safeguard your foot health.”

Catherine Hudson, DPM is a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Center in Marrero, LA.  Call 504-349-6633 or visit https://www.footandanklenola.com/contact to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.

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Diabetes Newsletter

Diabetes: Footprints Newsletter November 2016

DIABETES: A PATH TO POOR CIRCULATION?

If you have diabetes, even if it is well managed, you are at increased rish to develop vascular disease. Vascular disease is the buildup of plaque and cholesterol in you arteries througout your body.

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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness Month (November 1–30) provides Foot and Ankle Center the opportunity to help educate the public about a podiatrist’s critical role on the diabetes management team, and the ways in which patients with diabetes can take simple steps to prevent foot complications, such as vascular disease. Join us in supporting APMA’s new “Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?” campaign.

See the Full Campaign Poster here.

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tips to prevent blisters

Tips on How to Prevent & Treat Blisters

Don’t let painful blisters keep you from staying active! Stay on your feet with these helpful tips from Today’s Podiatrist.

How do blisters form?
Blisters form when there is friction against the foot, which can cause the outer layer of the skin to rub together, separate, and fill with fluid.

What causes blisters?
• Ill-fitting shoes
• Sweaty feet, especially if you do not wear moisture-wicking socks

Should I pop the blisters?
You should never pop blisters because you can run the risk of potential infection. Those with diabetes or poor circulation and the immunocompromised are at increased risk for developing infection.

If I can’t pop the blisters, how should I treat them?
• Apply a Band-Aid or gauze to the affected area
• Avoid whatever footwear caused the initial irritation and blister development
Make an appointment with Foot & Ankle Center if the area starts to smell or have discharge

How can I prevent blisters from forming?

• Buy proper-fitting shoes. Get your feet professionally measured so you are confident in your foot size and always remember to go shoe shopping toward the end of the day, as feet tend to swell during the day and physical activities.
• Wear moisture-wicking socks to prevent excess moisture, which can lead to blister formation.
• Try using different foot powders and creams to keep friction to a minimum.

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Pedicure Tips

Dos & Dont’s for a Fabulous Pedicure

Everyone needs a little foot pampering from time to time! Whether you are getting your
toes ready for prom, prepping for beach season, or just want to splash on a bright color
of polish before a hot date, grooming your feet should be done frequently to not only
keep feet looking good, but also to ensure proper foot health.

Whether you like to get a pedicure in the nail salon or at home, follow these easy Dos and Don’ts to keep your feet looking and feeling their best.

Dos
If you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, consult a podiatrist so he or she can recommend a customized pedicure that both you and your salon can follow for optimal foot health.
Schedule your pedicure first thing in the morning. Salon foot baths are typically cleanest earlier in the day. If you’re not a morning person, make sure that the salon filters and cleans the foot bath between clients.

Bring your own pedicure utensils to the salon. Bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn’t use proper sterilization techniques.

When eliminating thick, dead skin build-up, also known as calluses, on the heel, ball and sides of the feet, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub. Soak feet in warm water for at least five minutes, then use the stone, scrub, or foot file to gently smooth calluses and other rough patches.

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What is Tendinitis?

What is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone.

Achilles tendinitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain. Other types of foot/ankle tendinitis include posterior tibial tendinitis and peroneal tendinitis.

Causes
Tendinitis can result from an injury or over-use. Improper stretching prior to exertion or incorrect form during physical activity can also contribute to the development of tendinitis. Some people, including those with “flat feet,” tight tendons or arthritis, are particularly prone to tendinitis.

Symptoms
Pain is the most prominent symptom of tendinitis. The pain will be most noticeable when you try to move that part of your body. The involved tendon may swell.

Home Care
Rest and ice can ease the pain of tendinitis. Stay off your foot or ankle as much as possible and apply ice for up to 15 minutes at a time, three to four times a day.

When to Visit a Podiatrist
If the pain doesn’t go away with ice and rest, or if the pain persists beyond a week, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Don’t wait! Tendinitis can become a chronic problem, and it’s a lot harder to treat chronic problems than acute injuries.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Your podiatrist will ask you some questions about your pain and general health and perform a complete physical examination of your feet and ankles. X-rays or an MRI might be ordered to rule out any other problems, such as a fracture or torn tendon.

Treatment will focus on relieving the pain and preventing further injury. Your podiatrist may create shoe inserts or a soft cast to effectively immobilize the affected area for a period of time. (Often, a couple of weeks are needed for the tendon to heal.) Medication can help too. Your podiatrist may recommend or prescribe oral medication.

Prevention
Your podiatrist will work with you to decrease your chances of re-developing tendinitis. He or she may create custom orthotics to help control the motion of your feet. He or she may also recommend certain stretches or exercises to increase the tendon’s elasticity and strengthen the muscles attached to the tendon.

Gradually increasing your activity level with an appropriate training schedule—building up to a 5K run, for instance, instead of simply tackling the whole course the first day—can also help prevent tendinitis.

Source: http://www.apma.org/

If you are suffering from Tendinitis, please contact the doctors at the Foot and Ankle Center for an appointment. Call 504-349-6633 or fill out our online form.

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What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. Not all fungus conditions are athlete’s foot. Other conditions, such as disturbances of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, may mimic athlete’s foot.

Causes

The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term “athlete’s foot” became popular.

Symptoms

The signs of athlete’s foot, singly or combined, include the following:

  • Dry skin
  • Itching and burning, which may increase as the infection spreads
  • Scaling
  • Inflammation
  • Blisters, which often lead to cracking of the skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, causing pain and swelling.

Athlete’s foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body, notably the groin and underarms, by those who scratch the infection and then touch themselves elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete’s foot may persist for long periods. Consequently, the infection may be spread by contaminated bed sheets or clothing to other parts of the body.

When to Visit a Podiatrist

If an apparent fungus condition does not respond to proper foot hygiene and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult a podiatrist.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your podiatrist will determine if a fungus is the cause of the problem. If it is, a specific treatment plan, including the prescription of antifungal medication, applied topically or taken by mouth, will usually be suggested. Such a treatment appears to provide better resolution of the problem when the patient observes the course of treatment prescribed by the podiatrist; if it’s shortened, failure of the treatment is common.

Fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals, used for athlete’s foot treatment, frequently fail to contact the fungi in the horny layers of the skin. Topical or oral antifungal drugs are prescribed with growing frequency. If the infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotics that are effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, such as penicillin, may be prescribed.
It is important to keep the feet dry by dusting foot powder in shoes and hose. The feet should be bathed frequently and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly. If someone in your family develops athlete’s foot, disinfect home showers and tubs after each use to discourage transmission of infection.
Prevention

It is not easy to prevent athlete’s foot because it is usually contracted in dressing rooms, showers, and swimming pool locker rooms where bare feet come in contact with the fungus. However, you can do much to prevent infection by practicing good foot hygiene:

  • Wash feet daily with soap and water; dry carefully, especially between the toes
  • Avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes in public showers.
  • Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder
  • Wear light and airy shoes
  • Change shoes and hose regularly to decrease moisture
  • Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
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