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Posts for: November, 2014

Your feet and ankles are likely the last part of your body you think about, until they start aching. With 29 bones making up your feet and ankles, and a complex structure of muscles, tendons and ligaments, your feet take the impact of your entire body weight with each step you take, keeping you upright and balanced. The problems that can occur in your feet are numerous and shouldn’t be overlooked. Foot odor, collapsed arches, cracked skin, corns, ingrown toenails, bunions, fungal infections and broken or fractured bones can cause a variety of problems. The best way to keep your feet healthy and happy is a simple daily regimen:

·       Wear comfortable shoes– Shoes must fit properly and support your feet. Synthetic materials made to make shoes don’t allow feet to breathe well, trapping heat and moisture. Alternating shoes so they have the chance to dry out is helpful. Women should limit how many times a week they wear high heels.

·       Take a walk– Walking helps build muscles so your feet and ankles are strong. If walking causes sore legs or feet, try walking on grass, dirt or a soft cinder track for extra cushioning.

·       Wash your feet daily– Your feet spend the majority of the day trapped inside shoes where they sweat and create moisture, allowing bacteria to thrive. When you don’t wash your feet, you allow that bacteria to accumulate, leading to unpleasant foot odor. Make sure to wash your feet every day and use foot powder to keep them dryer for longer periods.

·       Moisturize– The wear and tear endured by your feet and ankles each day results in dry, cracked, or scaly skin. Use lotion containing lactic acid and urea on your skin every day. A lotion containing both ingredients is available in our office.

·       Wear socks– Wearing socks can help absorb the impact your feet endure with each step you take. Socks also play an important role in absorbing and drawing moisture away from your feet, keeping them dry and healthy.  

The best way to keep your feet healthy is to tend to them daily with a few simple steps. Daily care will help keep the skin, bones and muscles of your feet and ankles functioning correctly. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for all your ankle and foot care needs in Kansas City, MO.

Diabetes and important daily habits go hand in hand – eating well-balanced meals, monitoring blood glucose, exercising and resting. But now there is another task doctors urge you to add to your daily routine: checking your feet.

People with diabetes have a high risk of major foot complications, which can start off as a small blister or cut, but can take a turn for the worse if left untreated. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve damage in extremities, such as the legs or feet. Nerve damage may lead to poor circulation in the extremities, making wounds have a longer healing time, which makes them more prone to infection.

It’s vital to follow a good foot care regimen if you have diabetes. Feet should be washed daily, cleaned thoroughly, dried carefully and moisturized with lotion to prevent cracking. Feet should be examined each day: check the tops and bottoms of your feet for any dry, cracked skin, blisters, cuts, scratches or other sores. If you do find any foot wounds, wash with soap and water immediately and cover with light gauze, keeping pressure off the area. You will need to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Proper shoe fitting is essential for those with diabetes. A shoe made out of soft materials with a shock-absorbing sole may be all that you need for those in early stages of diabetes that have no history of foot problems or loss of sensation. If you have noticed a loss of sensation in your feet, consult with a podiatrist to discuss the best options for proper footwear and foot care. Studies have shown that if a diabetic patient has one visit with a podiatrist, they have a 47% less chance of losing a limb.

As a good rule of thumb, always consult with a podiatrist if you have any questions or concerns over your foot care. Contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a foot consulation.