Prompt treatment of diabetic foot ulcers can help you avoid serious infections. Our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, discuss wound care and explain how you can prevent ulcers.
Why are sores a cause for concern?
Even the tiniest sore or cut can become infected if you have diabetes. When your blood sugar levels rise, your body can't fight infections as effectively, which means even a minor injury can quickly become a serious medical problem.
What can I do to prevent wounds?
A daily self-examination is a must if you have diabetes. Look for broken blisters, cuts, scrapes, ingrown toenails, calluses and other injuries. It's not always easy to examine every inch of your feet yourself. Ask a family member to help you, or use a small mirror to check hard-to-reach areas.
If you notice a red spot on your foot due to friction from your shoes, swap the shoes for a more comfortable pair, but keep an eye on the spot to make sure it doesn't turn into a blister. Call our Chattanooga office immediately if you notice red streaks on your skin, a bad smell, or a hot or cold sensation in your feet, or if the skin has turned black, blue or white.
Orthotics are helpful in reducing pressure on your feet, a common cause of blisters. The custom-made shoe inserts not only improve the alignment of your feet but also cushion them. Shoe selection is particularly important if you have diabetes. Tight shoes should be avoided, as they're more likely to rub against your feet.
How are wounds treated?
If you notice signs of an infection, your foot doctor will clean and dress the wound and prescribe antibiotics. In some cases, he may recommend a brace, boot or crutches to eliminate pressure on your foot while it heals. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar level is very important if you have a wound. During your treatment, your foot doctor may also consult with your medical doctor to ensure that your condition is well-managed.
Wound care treatment can prevent serious complications due to diabetic foot ulcers. If you're concerned about your feet, call our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan, at (423) 855-0728 to schedule an appointment.
Even the slightest foot injury can put your health at risk if you have diabetes. Fortunately, it's easy to prevent problems by adopting a good diabetic care regimen. Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care explain how daily foot exams can help you prevent infections.
Don't skip daily examinations
Daily foot exams every day offers important benefits for your health. When your blood sugar is too high, it takes longer for your body to heal itself if you get a cut or sore. Before long, that scrape or burst blister can turn into an infection.
Diabetes can also cause diabetic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves in your feet. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you may no longer be able to feel pain in your feet if you have a cut or even be able to tell if your shoes are too tight. Daily examinations can help you spot signs of trouble before they can cause serious health problems. During your daily examinations, look for these signs of trouble:
- Red Spots: Red spots often precede blisters. If you notice them, wear shoes that don't rub against your feet.
- Blisters: Place a bandage over the blister to cushion and protect it. Do not pop it.
- Cuts, Scrapes, Burst Blisters and Sores: Schedule an appointment with our Chattanooga office if you notice any sores, cuts or breaks in your skin. Even the slightest scratch can quickly turn into an infection if you don't receive prompt treatment for the injury.
- Ingrown Toenails: If the edge of a nail starts to grow into your skin, don't attempt to free the nail yourself.
- Changes in Skin Color: Black, white, blue or red skin or red streaks are never good signs. If all or part of your foot changes color, call our office immediately.
- Sensation Changes: Numbness or pain in your feet can be a sign of diabetic retinopathy and should be evaluated by a foot doctor.
Regular diabetic care at the podiatrist's office can help you avoid common diabetes complications. If you're concerned about a foot issue, call Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco at (423) 855-0728 to schedule an appointment.
Do you have persistent foot pain in Chattanooga, TN? Is it around the ball of your foot? Would you describe it as stabbing, burning or even as though you are stepping on a small stone? If these symptoms sound all too familiar, you may have a common foot complaint called metatarsalgia which affects the five metatarsal bones in your foot near the base of your toes. Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco treat foot pain at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga. Foot pain does not have to rule your life. Get to the bottom of it and find some relief.
Where it originates
Foot pain comes from the literally tons of pressure your feet endure every day as you walk, run, stand and play sports. People of all ages and walks of life experience this kind of podiatric issue, but in particular, metatarsalgia occurs more often in people who:
- Are overweight
- Wear improperly fitting shoes (high heels put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot)
- Have high arches, hammertoes or other deformities
- Suffer with arthritis and gout
- Are on their feet all day or play sports with repetitive bouncing and jumping, such as tennis
- Are middle-aged and older because the fat pad on the bottom of the foot gradually thins with age
Calluses from repetitive motion lead to this kind of foot pain. Traumatic injury to the foot does as well, says the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
How your podiatrist can help
Your foot doctor will examine your feet, check your gait and possibly take X-rays. He specifically wants to see where your foot pain is located and if your have any obvious deformities such as hammertoes or bunions. Then, he'll offer treatment options aimed at preventing foot pain and treating it appropriately when it happens. Treatments include:
- Rest and elevation. Just get off your feet for a while, or if you're exercising or working too hard, back off a bit.
- Take over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen as directed to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Change your shoes to something with low heels, good arch support and a wide toe box.
- Wear custom-made orthotics.
Specifically made to correct gait issues, such as overpronation, or to take undue pressure off certain areas of the foot, orthotics are constructed from materials that vary in density and rigidity. Worn consistently, they can improve the biomechanics of the foot and reduce chronic pain.
Come see us
At Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Burgan and Dr. Bizzoco want their patients to experience the best foot comfort and function possible. If metatarsalgia is compromising your quality of life, come to the office for a comprehensive podiatric exam. We'll work on that foot pain and get you feeling better. Call today: (423) 855-0728.
It's time to get out of bed in the morning. You dread it, not because you have to face the day, but because your heel hurts so much when your feet hit the floor. Yes, the pain lessens as the morning goes on, but really, should you be in this much pain? What's the cause? Your Chattanooga, TN podiatrist can help you with this awful foot pain. Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care treat a common condition called plantar fasciitis. Read on, and learn all about this inflammatory condition and what can be done about it.
Plantar fasciitis. The pain, swelling, and soreness happen when the band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot gets inflamed due to overuse and other factors. Podiatrists call that connective tissue the plantar fascia, and hence the name of the bothersome malady that affects millions, especially in the 40 to 60 age group, says the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
The plantar fascia connects the heel bone, or calcaneus, to the base of the toes. So this ligament plays an important role in supporting your arches every time you place weight on them or walk, run or jump. While physical activity is vital to health and well-being, overdoing any kind of exercise, such as running, tennis, dancing and the like, can strain the body's support system. Besides pain, some individuals develop a bony spur at the connection point between the heel bone and plantar fascia.
Additionally, these things contribute to plantar fasciitis:
- Being overweight
- Standing on your feet for long periods of time
- Wearing shoes that provide little support (such as summer flip flops)
- Going barefoot
- Overpronation, or an extreme turning in of the foot at the arch as you walk or run
Treatments for foot pain in Chattanooga
Dr. Bizzoco or Dr. Burgan likely will diagnose plantar fasciitis on the basis of your symptoms and physical examination. The podiatrist may recommend simple rest as needed but may advise a routine of stretching exercises to be performed first thing in the morning and before a workout. Sometimes, oral antiflammatories help as do cortisone injections into the foot. A change in footwear to something more substantial may correct the problem, too.
In addition, custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, correct the gait, taking pressure off the ligament. in more extreme cases, your doctor may advise plantar fascia release surgery, in which the ligament is lengthened, and/or removal of any heel spur. Each case is different, and your podiatrist will determine the course of treatment best for your feet and your lifestyle.
No more pain
Why not wake up in the morning ready to go? You can when you receive relief from your foot pain in Chattanooga, TN. For your personalized consultation with one of our podiatrists, contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.
What your podiatrists in Chattanooga want you to know
A foot fracture is a common injury if you play sports, but you can also fracture your foot if you step wrong, or if you are on an uneven surface. Foot fractures are best treated by your podiatrist because professional treatment can get you back on your feet quickly. Your podiatrists at Associates In Foot And Ankle Care, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN, want to share the facts about foot fractures.
There are some easily recognizable signs and symptoms of a foot fracture which include:
- Increasing pain when you put weight on your foot
- Increasing pain when you are active
- Tenderness, bruising, and swelling
- Decreasing pain when you rest and take weight off of your foot
There are different types of foot fractures:
- A bone fracture can happen if you are in an accident or experience trauma to your foot. Bone fractures can involve dislodging bones, or you can still have the bones in your foot aligned correctly.
- A stress fracture is common and can be caused if you change either the frequency or intensity of your activities. If you are on an uneven or changing surface, you can also experience a stress fracture. Stress fractures can happen to older adults because of osteoporosis and they usually happen in the middle of the foot up to the toes.
- If you think you might have a foot fracture, it’s important to take the weight off of your foot and apply ice to your foot several times each day. You should elevate your feet as often as possible. Anti-inflammatory and pain medications and wrapping your foot can also help.
It’s best to seek out the services of a foot expert if you experience a foot fracture. For more information on foot fracture treatment and additional podiatry services, call your podiatrists at Associates In Foot And Ankle Care, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN. Call today and heal your feet!
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