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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

The Difference Between Corns and Calluses

Calluses and corns on the feet are both hardened areas of skin that form as the result of repeated pressure, friction, or rubbing. If you do a lot of walking or running, and especially while wearing shoes that are new or do not fit properly, at some point you are likely to develop a corn or callus. A corn is a hardened area that generally pushes deeper into the skin and can be painful. Three types are hard corns, soft corns, and seed corns. A hard corn is usually yellow and commonly forms on the top or side of a toe. It may contain a hardened kernel in the center, which can become painful when it is under pressure from a shoe. Soft corns are whitish in color and form between the toes. They stay soft because of the moisture that builds up in the feet. Seed corns are tiny bumps that form in clusters on the bottom of the foot, frequently on the ball of the foot or bottom of the heel. A callus is generally spread over a larger area and is not normally painful. They may form on the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes, where excessive walking puts pressure on the bones. Bone deformities may play a part in developing a callus. Painful or irritating corns and calluses can be pared away by a podiatrist, who can safely perform this procedure. 

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. These can include swollen feet, a changing sense of balance, and sleep disorders. While these may be temporary changes, some methods can be implemented which may help to alleviate some of the foot discomforts. These include elevating the feet as often as possible as this can be effective in reducing swollen ankles. Performing a gentle exercise routine may help in improving blood circulation and have a positive effect on swollen ankles and legs. It is beneficial to sleep on the left side as this helps to keep pressure off the veins that bring blood back to the heart. Some pregnant women prefer to wear compression stockings if they are on their feet for extended periods. This type of stocking can help to distribute excess fluid from the feet and legs to the body. If you have foot pain for any reason while you are pregnant, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine the reason and provide you with various relief tactics.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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FASCO peripheral neuropathy

At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, we see many patients who come in for nerve problems. One of the most common issues, peripheral neuropathy, affects 70% of people with diabetes and has big repercussions for your foot health if left untreated. Read about the common signs and how our podiatrists can help!

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the extremities that occurs from high glucose levels. It is typically a chronic condition that can result in lasting damage to the hands and feet.

What are the common signs?

  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Sharp pain
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Numbness
  • Burning or tingling
  • Weakness

As nerve damage progresses, it can make walking, balancing, and maintaining sensation in your feet more difficult. As a result of the loss of sensation, injuries can be harder to detect and can lead to increased risks of developing ulcers and infections, which are often slow and difficult to heal. This susceptibility to ulcers and other injuries is why it’s important to be aware of your foot health. 

How can you manage peripheral neuropathy?

While it is difficult to reverse nerve damage caused by peripheral neuropathy, it is possible to treat neuropathy-related symptoms through medications, supplements, and injection therapies. Managing your blood glucose levels, maintaining regular visits with a podiatrist and other health care professionals, regular exercise, wearing properly-fitted shoes, and avoiding alcohol and smoking are all additional ways to manage your neuropathy. One of the most crucial ways is to check over your feet everyday and bring up any concerns or changes with a foot doctor!

We are here for your feet and ankles!

An experienced podiatrist can help reduce your risks and manage diabetes-related foot and ankle concerns. Team up with our podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio to get the best care! Whether you need treatment for an acute injury like fractures and heel pain or preventative care for chronic conditions, our foot doctors work with you to create individualized plans so you can improve your foot health! Contact us at any of our 9 conveniently-located offices to request an appointment! 

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Puncture Wounds

When an individual steps on a small, pointy object, they may endure what is known as a puncture wound of the foot. Puncture wounds create small holes in the skin, and can be caused from stepping on nails, seashells, or pieces of glass, among other things. Injuring the foot in this way is more common during the warmer months because individuals are more likely to walk around barefoot. Puncture wounds can be problematic because the foreign object may become embedded in the skin if not properly treated. Additionally, the wound may facilitate an infection because dirt and debris can become stuck in the entry hole from the wound. In treating a puncture wound, a medical professional will ensure that the foreign body has been removed from the affected area and that the wound is properly cleaned. It is also important to remember that the depth of the puncture can indicate the likelihood of developing an infection, as deeper punctures can be more problematic. Contact a podiatrist today if you believe you have a puncture wound. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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