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The heightened blood glucose levels that come with diabetes can cause nerve damage to the extremities, so the hands and feet are usually the first places that complications arise. The reduced ability to feel pain or discomfort in your feet can cause you to neglect or not even notice injuries and disease, so extra care is needed.
4 essential foot care tips for patients who have diabetes include the following:
- Properly manage your disease—As a diabetic patient, be certain that you understand and follow all of your doctor’s recommendations for managing your disease. See your foot doctor regularly, especially if you have any problems like ingrown toenails or cuts that aren’t healing properly
- Perform daily foot inspections—Do a complete foot inspection every day and look for any blisters, scrapes, cuts, ingrown toenails, etc. Always make certain to check between your toes since infections often start in the cracks. Don’t forget to check the bottom of your feet. Using a mirror can make that easier if you have trouble.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash your feet at least once every day with warm water and soap. Dry carefully, especially between your toes. Apply moisturizer to dry areas, but not between your toes to help avoid infections.
- Avoid cuts and injuries by protecting your feet—When you have diabetes, you should always wear protective shoes that have good support, even when just walking around the house or yard. Just getting a splinter or small cut can cause an unnoticed infection that can lead to amputation.
If you are experiencing foot complications caused or exacerbated by diabetes, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by a variety of reasons, which is why it is always a good idea to have any top of the foot pain checked out by your podiatrist to determine the precise cause and get on the right treatment path.
3 of the main causes of pain on the top of the foot include:
- Shoes that fit poorly—Shoes that are too tight will increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing pressure and stress and possibly causing blisters. Your shoes should have a wide toe box to give the top of your feet room to move without constriction. Shoes that are too loose can also cause rubbing, so be sure to have your feet properly measured and fitted each time you buy shoes.
- Bone breaks and hairline fractures—Since the bones on top of the foot are small and rather fragile, they are easily damaged by accidents and injuries. While a sudden break will cause immediate pain on the top of your foot, a hairline or stress fracture can develop slowly from repetitive stress, and pain may be intermittent. Your foot doctor can perform imaging studies to identify a stress fracture.
- Diseases—Arthritis and other systemic diseases like diabetes contribute to pain, numbness, swelling, and stiffness that can affect the joints and other tissues on the top of the foot.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
If you have numbing and tingling in your toes and feet you are unfortunately not the only one suffering from these problems. Diabetes affects many millions of people and one of the first major symptoms of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage in the extremities caused by high blood sugar. This nerve damage brought on by abnormal glucose concentrations often causes a loss of sensation in the feet, which is why regular visits to your foot doctor become very important as this chronic condition progresses.
Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include the following:
● Shooting or pins and needles pain
● Burning feet sensation
● Weakening of muscles
● Poor balance and coordination
● Inability to detect temperature extremes
Diagnosis and treatment of diabetic neuropathy
There are several ways to detect this condition, and one of the first tests performed by your foot doctor will be a nerve conduction study to determine how efficiently your nerves are sending and receiving messages. Your foot care specialist will also perform a thorough examination to look for potential diabetes-related complications such as ingrown toenails and foot ulcers. It is especially important to see your foot doctor at the first sign of infection or redness to ensure proper wound care and that a gangrenous condition doesn’t develop. This could lead to an amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.
A regular inspection and treatment protocol is vitally important to follow and will include management of blood sugar, and protect your feet from injuries and ulcer development with proper foot support using custom diabetic shoes and orthotic inserts.
If you are experiencing diabetic foot complications, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Toe deformities can be attributed to an imbalance in the toe muscles and tendons, tight-fitting shoes, injury, or certain diseases that increase the likelihood that a toe will bend in the shape of a hammer or a mallet. A hammertoe bends at the middle joint, while a mallet toe (or claw toe) bends at the joint nearest to the toenail, so perhaps there are only truly two if you don’t count the claw.
Initially, a bent toe may not be cause for alarm, but as the condition moves along, the tendons and ligaments and tissues of the toe can tighten further, thereby preventing any bending at all and causing considerable pain and discomfort. As this condition becomes more permanently bent, it will also cause the affected toes to rub on your footwear, causing the formation of corns and calluses.
Risk factors for developing toe deformities
Some individuals are more prone to developing these abnormalities. Some of the factors to be aware of are:
- Sex—Females are considered to be more susceptible to developing these conditions.
- Your age—People fifty years of age or older are more likely to develop hammertoes along with bunions.
- The length of your toes—In certain people, when the second toe is longer than the largest toe, it may increase the chances of getting a toe deformity.
- Diseases—People who suffer from diabetes and arthritis are also more susceptible.
When hammertoes cause you pain and discomfort, the pressure and pain can often be alleviated with specially designed orthotic shoe inserts and pads.
If you are suffering complications with hammertoes, making an appointment with an experienced board-certified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
If you suffer from an ingrown toenail occasionally, it can be a painful inconvenience, but for some people, several toes can be affected over and over again, making an inconvenience into a chronic fight to control infections, pain, and discomfort.
An inward growing toenail is not always obvious to the untrained eye since the edge of the nail may be hidden by the soft skin. There may be swelling and yellowing, redness, and pus. If the skin on your toe is also unusually warm, that could be a sign of a bacterial or fungal nail infection that could spread and cause serious complications, especially in those individuals who have diabetes.
Some causes of ingrown toenails include:
- Improper shoes—High heeled shoes can cause or exacerbate ingrown toenails because they force your feet into the front of the shoe. Choose shoes with a wide toe box to help prevent this unnecessary pressure.
- Not cutting nails straight across—The nails should be cut straight across with a toenail clipper to be certain they are cut evenly and span the entire width of the toe. If you cut your nails too short and on a curve, the edge of the nail is more likely to grow into the surrounding skin.
- Injury—Stubbing or injuring your toe can cause the nail to grow inward.
- Fungal nail infections—Foot fungi can cause serious infections that can undermine the strength and vitality of the nail and cause it to grow into the skin.
How to treat ingrown toenails
Treatments vary depending on the severity and they can range from the conservative to the surgical. Warm water soaks can soften the skin around the nail and help prevent infection. You can try lifting up the edge of the nail and inserting a small piece of cotton to help the nail grow away from the skin. Be sure to treat any early signs of infection with antibacterials. If your ingrown toenails keep coming back, your foot doctor can do a straightforward outpatient procedure during which the toe is numbed and the ingrown nail is removed, allowing a new nail to grow correctly.
If you are suffering from ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to the best podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!