Diabetes is a condition characterized by high sugar levels in one’s bloodstream due to insufficient production of insulin, or a total absence of the same from one’s body. With diabetes, your feet are at great risk!
The two most likely and most dangerous conditions for feet are peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers. Diabetic patients often experience loss of sensation in their feet due to poor blood circulation – a condition that falls in the realm of peripheral neuropathy.
Due to numbness, patients do not feel any cuts or wounds that may appear on or under their feet, causing them to become infected or turn into sores and ulcers. As patients are usually unaware of such injuries, they may not know that their wounds are becoming worse rather than getting better.
If you fear that you have diabetes or are unsure whether you are suffering from this disease or not, it is strongly advised that you seek professional help immediately. Here are a few warning signs that should be kept in mind to identify the early onset of diabetes:
- Numbness or loss of sensation in your feet
- Tingling or pricking sensation around the ankles and feet
- Slow healing of cuts, injuries, and wounds
- Excessively dry and flaky skin
- Cracked and painful heels
Other symptoms associated with diabetes include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, weakness or feeling of exhaustion, and slow or improper healing. If you encounter any of the above-mentioned conditions, we suggest that you consult a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our expert podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas specialize in treating a range of foot health related issues and provide proper care to patients with diabetes. For a thorough examination and effective solutions to your foot problems, visit our offices located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown, MD, or call us to schedule your appointment today.
Who doesn’t like a vacation away from all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives? We at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland work to ensure that your holidays don’t get spoiled because you did not take care of your feet.
While you get ready for your vacation break, here are a few tips that will keep your feet safe and allow you to make the most of your trip:
- Wearing uncomfortable shoes can completely wreck your holiday! With all the walking, lifting, and running around associated with traveling, it is essential that you protect your feet with comfortable and supportive shoes.
- Travels entailing long distances or extensive walking require that you wear shoes that are either open from the front or do not restrict your toes. Allowing adequate physical and breathing space will make you more comfortable and your trip more enjoyable.
- If you are headed to the beach or are going to indulge in water sports, make sure you carry your water shoes along. Not only do they protect your feet from cuts, insect bites and stings, they also provide protection from fungal infections that are likely to develop when exposed to moist public places.
- With open shoes and excessive exposure to the sun, your feet are at risk of being sunburnt. Applying effective sunscreen can save you from painful burns and ultimately save your trip too!
- Most people suffer from fluid buildup or swelling during travel. While water retention is common, you can avoid it by drinking lots of water and keeping yourself hydrated at all times.
- Carrying a few essentials like bandages, antiseptics, antifungal and anti-allergy ointments can come in handy and ensure you are equipped to enjoy your trip.
You may want to visit your podiatrist before and after your vacation to avoid any unwanted foot conditions from occurring. Call our offices at Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345, and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, MD to speak with Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas to address any such concerns.
People usually wait for severe pain or discomfort before seeking medical help. In most cases, they tend to ignore changes that appear harmless until they turn into something critical. “If it doesn’t hurt, it’ll go away,” they would say.
However, some changes that occur in your feet may be a warning sign for a much bigger problem. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists advise you to be cautious of these changes:
- Discoloration: Although our bodies may change colors when exposed to extreme temperatures (i.e. red in heat and blue in cold), under normal circumstances, any changes should be noted and acted upon accordingly. If you feel that your feet appear blue-ish or purple-ish in color, it could be a sign of inadequate oxygen supply to your feet. Most diabetic patients experience this. Red coloration could be a signal of infection.
- Shape distortions: In some cases, changes in the shape of your feet can be noticed immediately, whereas in others it might take a while. Joint injuries or inappropriate footwear could alter the normal shape of your feet. Likely conditions that could result include bunions, hammertoes or bone protrusions. It is important to examine your feet every day.
- Desensitization: Lack of sensation in your feet or numbness could be due to a diabetic condition known as neuropathy which should not be taken lightly. Another condition to note is the temperature of your feet. If they are unusually cold most of the time, it could mean poor blood circulation due to diabetes or anemia.
- Size abnormality: Swelling in your feet or ankles could indicate a problem in some other part of your body. It could be due to water retention in your body (fluid build-up), which might be telling you that your heart, kidneys or even liver need attention.
Your feet could be telling you of multiple problems that could aggravate over time. Listen and seek consultation from our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas for your foot-related concerns. Visit any of our offices located at Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown, MD or contact us for an appointment today.
Despite how integral a role our feet play in our daily lives, we tend to take them for granted at times. Our heels need rest and proper care so that our feet function in the right manner.
What might cause our heels to hurt? Here are a few signs for us indicating that we need to be cautious of heel pain:
- Overuse and overexertion of our heels can damage the ligaments under our feet and cause severe pain in the heels. Rest and avoidance of intense physical activity is advised in such cases.
- “Plantar fasciitis” is inflammation in the ligament under our feet that connects the heels to our toes. Damage to this muscle results in painful heels accompanied by inflammation and even swelling. It is recommended to consult a podiatrist so that appropriate care and treatment is carried out in a timely manner.
- “Peripheral neuropathy” is a condition characterized by nerve damage in our feet and ankles due to diabetes. This results in loss of sensation and acute pain in the heels and feet. Ignoring or delaying treatment can be extremely harmful to our feet.
- Fractures and broken bones also cause heel pain that requires immediate treatment to avoid immobility and long-term damage to our feet.
- “Achilles tendonitis” is very common and occurs due to overuse and application of excessive pressure on our heels. Injuring this tendon results in painful heels and needs immediate attention.
- Calluses may occur on our heels due to uncomfortable footwear that does not allocate pressure on our feet in the right manner. Continuous and excessive weight forces the calluses to worsen and become infected in the worst cases.
Prolonged heel pain should not be taken lightly. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas deal with numerous foot and ankle conditions and are equipped to provide solutions to your concerns. For your queries and consultation, feel free to visit any of our offices at Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345, and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, MD.