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Debridement is a key procedure in managing diabetic foot ulcers, involving a podiatrist removing dead and infected tissue to promote healing and prevent infection spread. This process is vital because the buildup of necrotic tissue can obscure the true extent of the ulcer. There are several methods of debridement. Surgical debridement involves a podiatrist using tools like scalpels to precisely remove dead tissue, often performed at the bedside or in an operating room for more severe cases. Mechanical debridement employs saline-soaked pads that adhere to and remove dead tissue upon removal, though this can be painful and may also disturb healthy tissue. Chemical debridement uses enzymes to dissolve dead material. Biological debridement, utilizing maggots, effectively cleanses wounds by consuming only dead tissue. Before any debridement, the podiatrist will assess the patient’s overall health, and the wound will be cleaned with a saline solution. If you have diabetic foot ulcers, it is suggested that you make a podiatrist a part of your medical team for expert wound care options.

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 Podiatry Associates of Texas. 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 Arlington Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Farmers Branch, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Pointe dancers rely heavily on the strength and flexibility of their feet to achieve graceful and precise movements. One essential stretch is the towel scrunch, where a dancer sits with their legs extended and uses their toes to gather a towel placed on the floor. This exercise targets the intrinsic muscles of the feet, enhancing both strength and control. Another beneficial stretch involves using a resistance band to provide gentle tension while pointing and flexing the feet, helping to improve arch and ankle stability. Additionally, calf stretches, such as the classic downward dog yoga pose, are essential for maintaining flexibility in the Achilles tendon and overall foot health. Foot injuries can occur from improperly warming up before dancing. If this has happened to you, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat foot pain and guide you on additional effective foot stretches.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Farmers Branch, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Treating Pain Caused by Flat Feet

Flatfoot, also known as pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. This can affect one or both feet and is common in children and adults. Many people with flat feet may develop pain due to changes in activity, minor injuries, weight gain, or wearing poorly fitted footwear. Symptoms can include foot discomfort and leg aches, particularly after prolonged standing, walking, or running. Relief may come from wearing comfortable shoes with proper arch support. Orthotic devices, such as heel cups or custom-made inserts, can help balance the foot and reduce impact. Stretching exercises, such as calf stretches and towel curls, can strengthen the muscles and help alleviate pain. For children, special corrective measures are rarely needed as their arches typically develop by age five. In most cases, surgery is unnecessary. Additional relief can be found through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, or massage therapy. If flatfoot is related to another medical condition, more specific treatments might be required. To effectively manage and treat flatfoot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and to see if custom orthotics are right for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Farmers Branch, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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