Posts for: January, 2015
Practice Routine Foot Care
- Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask one of our local podiatrist in Fairfax, Reston, Mclean or Ashburn for suggestions) applied to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection.
- Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove the dead cells.
- Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
- To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
Your podiatrist warns about the common foot complications that diabetics face.
With the increase in obesity rates in America the rate of diabetes has also increased. Diabetes is a serious and chronic disorder that doesn’t just affect how your body handles blood sugar but it also puts people at risk for other serious complications like heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. For those with diabetes, there is always a concern about foot health. Your podiatrist servicing the Fairfax, Reston, Mclean and Ashburn area shares the common foot problems that befall diabetics.
The Neuropathy Association has reported that about 15-18 million Americans have diabetic neuropathy, and this number just continues to increase. Those with neuropathy often experience a loss of sensation in the foot, which can include losing the ability to feel hot or cold. Since there is a loss of sensation in the foot it can often be hard to tell if you have a foot injury or serious problem.
While calluses might seem like a common occurrence, for those with diabetes a callus can be more serious. Calluses happen more frequently and are often worse in those with diabetes. If your calluses become too big, you may need orthotics to help take pressure of these problem areas.
While there are ways to care for your calluses at home, you will want to make sure not to remove them yourself, which can lead to infection and other issues. If you have calluses, talk to your podiatrist about how to best care for them.
The majority of foot ulcers appear on the bottom of the big toe or balls of the feet. Shoes that don’t fit properly often cause ulcers. Even if your ulcer isn’t painful, you should see your Reston podiatrist if you experience a foot ulcer. If left untreated, ulcers in those with diabetes can lead to amputation. For more information on ulcers visit our page!
This is a frightening risk for anyone, which is why it’s so important to see your Reston podiatrist if any changes or issues arise. Many people with diabetes also suffer from peripheral arterial disease, which restricts blood flow. This coupled with ulcers or an infection can lead to loss of a limb. This is why it’s essential to properly care for your feet and to come in right away if there is an issue.
If you notice any changes in your feet, or are a diabetic concerned about caring for them, then contact Family Foot and Ankle Center at one of their convenient locations in Fairfax, Reston, Mclean and Ashburn. For more information, visit our website at familyfootandankle.com or give us a call today at (703) 273-9818.
Inspect Your Feet Regularly
Small Foot Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems
- Ulcers that don’t heal
- Cracked heels
- Ingrown toenails
Keep Your Feet Healthy with Proper Foot Hygiene
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap, making sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep the skin on your feet smooth and soft by applying a non-irritating moisturizer, avoiding the areas between the toes. Doing so can help prevent cracks and sores that lead to infection.
- Avoid ingrown toenails than can get infected by keeping them neatly trimmed straight across.
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them every day.
- Avoid walking barefoot to protect feet from harmful foreign particles.
- Never attempt to remove corns, calluses or other sores from your feet on your own. See your Fairfax podiatrist for safe and pain free removal.
Toenail fungus is an embarrassing problem that can cause foot pain and lead to the loss of a nail over time if it’s not properly treated. Learn more about this foot issue and how you can get the most technologically advanced help available from the Reston laser toenail fungus treatment office of Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a growth that begins beneath the tip of your nail. Its official name is “onychomycosis” or “tinea unguium.” The fungus, if not eliminated before it has a chance to get stronger, will eventually find its way deeper and deeper into the nail bed until it has completely taken over. In a worst case scenario, the nail gets thick, dark or yellow and becomes painful when you wear closed-toed shoes. Sometimes the fungus will begin to spread to all of the toes and Reston laser toenail fungus treatment is the best way to stop it in its tracks.
How Can Fungus on the Toes Be Prevented?
Nail fungus thrives in warm, wet environments like public swimming pools in the summertime and hot tubs. To prevent the growth of fungus on your toenails, follow these simple tips:
- avoid keeping your feet in moisture for long periods of time, such as a wet pair of socks
- wash your feet thoroughly with clean water after leaving a pool or beach
- avoid walking outside barefoot (especially when there’s moisture on the ground)
- wear flip flops when you shower in a public gym or dorm bathroom
- inspect your toenails carefully for cuts, separations and hangnails where fungus can easily find a way into the nail bed (this needs to be thoroughly cleaned and treated)
If you already have symptoms of a toenail fungus, you can take steps to reverse it by applying an anti-fungal product, but in severe cases you need professional help from a podiatrist.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
If your toenail fungus problem has gone beyond prevention steps, schedule an appointment with Reston laser toenail fungus treatment Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn today. He will evaluate your problem and consult you about the latest and most effective treatment for this common problem. His office can be reached at (703) 273-9818 or by visiting http://www.familyfootandankle.com to make an appointment request online.