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Wednesday, 27 December 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Does Pregnancy Lead to Changes in Foot Size?

Pregnancy is a transformative journey that brings about numerous changes in a woman's body. While most expectant mothers are well aware of the more obvious alterations, such as weight gain and a growing belly, the potential impact on foot size is a less commonly discussed topic. Many women wonder if their feet will permanently change in size during pregnancy. The answer, in most cases, is possibly. During pregnancy, hormonal changes, particularly the release of relaxin, can affect the ligaments in the body, including those in the feet. This increased flexibility may lead to a temporary, and sometimes permanent, increase in foot size. Additionally, as pregnancy progresses, fluid retention and swelling, known as edema, can cause the feet to become temporarily larger. While swelling typically subsides after childbirth, some women may find that their feet remain slightly larger than they were before pregnancy. Overall, it is important for expectant mothers to be prepared for these potential changes, and consider investing in comfortable, supportive footwear during and after pregnancy to ensure proper foot health and comfort. If you would like more information about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

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, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The main cause of foot ulcers in diabetic patients is often minor injuries happening when they cannot feel their feet properly. This happens due to a condition called peripheral sensory neuropathy. In simpler terms, it means their nerves do not work well, making them less sensitive to pain or injuries. Along with this, deformities in the foot shape and occasional trauma can play a role in causing foot ulcers. Additional factors in foot ulcer formation include calluses, swelling, and problems with blood circulation to the lower legs and feet. Neuropathy seems to involve various chemical processes and high blood sugar levels. Controlling blood sugar is vital in preventing neuropathy and foot ulcers. If you have diabetes and are experiencing foot ulcers, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist for immediate care.

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, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Definition and Grades of Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is a common injury, characterized by the stretching or tearing of ligaments connecting the bones in the ankle joint. The severity of ankle sprains is often classified into three grades, each delineating the extent of ligament damage. In Grade I sprains, ligaments stretch but experience minimal tearing, causing mild pain and swelling. Grade II sprains involve partial ligament tears, resulting in moderate pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. The most severe, Grade III sprains, signify complete ligament tears, leading to significant pain, swelling, and instability, often rendering the affected ankle incapable of bearing weight. Recognizing the distinct grades is essential for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Understanding the gradation of ankle sprains empowers individuals to address these injuries effectively and facilitate a smoother recovery process. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer the treatment that is right for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Swollen Ankles From Flying

Swollen ankles from flying, a condition known as edema, often occurs during long flights. This happens due to a combination of factors such as prolonged immobility, changes in cabin pressure, and dehydration, all of which can lead to fluid retention in the lower limbs. When seated for extended periods of time, gravity causes fluid to pool in the feet and ankles, leading to swelling. The reduced cabin pressure in airplanes can also contribute to fluid accumulation in the body tissues. Additionally, the air inside the cabin is quite dry, and if an individual does not drink enough water, it can lead to dehydration, further exacerbating the swelling. To alleviate this issue, it is advisable to move around the cabin and perform simple leg and foot exercises while seated. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear loose clothing and maintain hydration by drinking plenty of water. Compression stockings can also be helpful in preventing swelling by promoting better circulation in the legs. If you are planning on taking a long flight, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for more personalized advice, particularly if you have underlying health conditions.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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