Posts for: March, 2021
Your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, can help with foot fractures.
Your feet are strong. They have to be because they support your weight to carry you through your active life. No matter how strong your feet are, you can still experience a foot fracture. Your podiatrist can help.
Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, offer a wide variety of foot care services, including diagnosis and treatment of foot fractures.
If you have experienced a foot fracture, seek out the help of your podiatrist right away. You need to see your podiatrist if you are experiencing any of these common signs and symptoms of a foot fracture:
- You have foot pain that increases when you put your weight on your feet
- Your foot pain decreases when you take the weight off of your feet and elevate them
- You have increasing foot pain during activities or while playing sports
- You notice swelling, bruising, or tenderness in your feet that doesn’t go away
You may have a bone fracture due to an injury, trauma, or an accident. Your bone fracture may include dislodged bones or bones that still remain in correct alignment.
You may have a stress fracture due to increased stress on your foot from increasing your workout or playing sports. If you run on uneven surfaces, it can also cause a stress fracture. Typically, stress fractures occur in the middle of your foot up to your toes.
You can try a few simple remedies at home to get relief from a foot fracture. Remember to:
- Elevate your foot to take the weight off of it
- Place an ice pack on your foot several times daily
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
If you have fractured your foot, It’s important to seek out your podiatrist as soon as you can. Early treatment leads to a better outcome for you and your foot. To find out more about the causes and treatment of foot fractures and other footcare topics, call Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan of Associates in Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, at (423) 855-0728 now!
Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Daily self-foot exams and visits to your Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco, and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, for diabetic care, will help you protect your feet and your health.
Why should I pay more attention to my feet if I have diabetes?
Higher-than-normal blood glucose levels common in diabetes can slow healing, making it more difficult to fight infections. Some people who have diabetes eventually develop diabetic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves. Nerve damage due to diabetic retinopathy can cause numbness that makes it impossible to feel sores, wounds, or irritated skin. Unfortunately, if wounds are treated promptly, your risk of infection rises.
How can I care for my feet at home?
Daily foot exams will help you spot any changes in your feet. Examine your feet once a day and look for:
- Signs of fungal infections like Athlete's foot and toenail fungus
- Red, irritated spots
- Calluses and corns
- Open wounds
- Changes in the color of your skin
- Numbness, tingling, or a cold or hot sensation
Irritated spots can quickly become blisters if you don't change your footwear. If you do notice a blister, bandage it to prevent it from bursting. If it's difficult for you to see your feet, ask a friend or family member to help you with your exam.
Reduce your risk of cuts, scratches, and complications by:
- Wearing shoes inside and outside
- Alternating your shoes every day to reduce the risk of blisters and irritated spots
- Cutting your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
- Adding prescription orthotics to your shoes to cushion your feet and reduce pressure
When should I call the podiatrist?
Give your Chattanooga foot doctor a call if:
- You have an open cut or wound, with or without pus.
- You see red streaks on your skin.
- You have an ingrown toenail.
- You can't cut your toenails yourself.
- You have corn or callus.
- You have Athlete's foot or toenail fungus.
- Your feet are black, blue, red, or white.
- Your feet are numb, tingling, or painful.
Seeing the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid infections that could threaten your foot and leg.
Do you need to schedule an appointment for diabetic care? Call your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.