Do You Have Tired and Achy Feet?

Hello. My name is Carl Scott. I’m an auto mechanic. My job is physically demanding, and while I’m in good physical condition, my feet have been an ongoing problem. I suffered from tired and sore feet on a daily basis. There were days when my feet hurt so badly I wished I could have left work and stayed in bed for a week. A friend suggested that I see a podiatrist, and I laughed. I told him that I didn’t have anything wrong with my feet; they were just tired. He assured me that a podiatrist would be able to help with that. I took his advice and am I ever glad I did. I now have special footwear, and get treatments that soothe my aching feet. I’m excited to share more about this with you!

3 Things You Should Know About Bunions

Has the bunion on your big toe led to the toe next to it buckling and being painful? You might want to consider undergoing surgery to get rid of the problem. The first thing you should do is get your foot examined by a podiatrist so he or she can determine how severe the bunion is. Take a look at this article for more insight about bunions and undergoing surgery to decide how to go about getting treated. 1. The Cause of a Bunion Developing There are numerous things that can play a role in a bunion developing on a big toe. For instance, it is possible that bunions run in your family and resulted in you getting one. It is possible that you have had a small bunion for years that has slowly progressed in severity. One of the most common causes of bunion development is from wearing shoes that are not the right size. Small shoes can cause your big toes to press against the material and overcrowd your toes, which can lead to your big toe joint becoming dislocated after a while. 2. Why Surgery Might Be Ideal Although bunion surgery isn’t always necessary, it can be helpful due to your big toe causing another toe to buckle. If you don’t get the right kind of treatment based on severity, you can end up suffering from a severe case of a condition known as hammertoe. Being that your bunion has already begun to press into the toe next to it, it is likely that your condition is severe. Wearing bigger shoes or orthotics will not be...

Choosing Shoes And Orthotics To Treat And Prevent Foot Problems

If you buy shoes to make a fashion statement rather than choosing a pair that supports your feet, you may be at risk of developing foot problems. While you may get away with high heels, pointy toes, or flat sandals for special occasions, if you wear shoes like that every day, you could develop hammertoe, bunions, or plantar fasciitis. Here are a few things to know about buying shoes and inserts that keep your feet healthy. Toe Shape The toes of your shoes are very important. Your toes should have plenty of room to rest in their natural position. Plus, there should be enough room at the tips of your toes so they do not brush against the shoe. Round and square toes are best for long-term wear. Pointed shoes put a lot of pressure on your toes, especially when they are combined with high heels that force your toes against the ends of your shoes. If the toes of your shoes are too tight, you could develop an ingrown toenail, or worse. The joints in your toes could be affected and cause your toes, especially your big toes, to become deformed and painful. If you’ve already developed problems with painful toes or toes that are bent out of their usual shape, you should ask your podiatrist about the best orthotics to wear inside your shoes. Your podiatrist may give you a brace for your toes or cushioned pads to wear inside your shoes. You may even need orthopedic shoes with roomy toes that allow your feet to heal. Arch Support Arch support is also very important. The ball...

5 Things Diabetics Need To Know About Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are open sores on your skin that don’t heal properly, and they’re a major problem for people with diabetes. Here’s what you need to know about this potentially serious complication: Why does diabetes cause foot ulcers? High blood sugar levels damage your nerves, especially in your extremities. This causes peripheral neuropathy, a condition that makes your feet feel numb and weak. Once this happens, you can’t feel injuries to your feet like pressure from your shoes or cuts from stepping on something sharp. This damage can allow an ulcer to form. Do lots of diabetics get foot ulcers? Foot ulcers are a very common complication of diabetes. They affect about 15% of people with diabetes at some point during their lives. Foot ulcers are also one of the biggest causes of hospitalization among diabetics. About one-fifth of all hospital admissions of diabetics are caused by foot ulcers. How are foot ulcers treated? Foot ulcers are treated by surgically removing any dead tissue around the ulcer and keeping pressure off of the foot. This means that you’ll be put on bed rest, sometimes for as long as 2 weeks. If the ulcer is infected, you’ll be given antibiotics. These methods are the standard treatments for foot ulcers, but they don’t always work. Ulcers should heal in less than a month, but if yours isn’t healed, you’ll need further treatments. Stubborn ulcers can be treated with plasma. Plasma is full of platelets, and platelets are essential for the healing process. The plasma will be injected directly into your ulcer, and then the wound will be covered with a dressing....