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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers pose a significant risk to individuals with diabetes, often occurring on the ball of the foot or the bottom of the big toe. While some foot ulcers may not cause pain, it's important to seek immediate medical attention, as neglecting them can lead to infections and potential limb loss. Treatment approaches vary depending on the severity of the diabetic foot ulcer. Among them are X-rays to assess bone health and debridement, or cleaning out dead tissue, which may require hospitalization. Special footwear or braces may be recommended to protect the foot and aid healing. In cases of poor circulation, consultation with a vascular surgeon may be necessary. Even after an ulcer heals, ongoing care is vital to prevent recurrence, including the use of specialized footwear and daily foot monitoring for any sores or trouble spots. Individuals with diabetes face a higher risk of amputation, due to complications like peripheral artery disease and neuropathy, but limb loss can be prevented with regular foot care, proper medical supervision, and suitable footwear. Dealing with diabetic foot ulcers includes having a podiatrist as a member of your healthcare team. For help with foot ulcers, it is suggested that you make an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for care. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Mark Poplawski, DPM from Jersey Shore Podiatry, LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling in the feet, making daily activities such as walking and wearing shoes very uncomfortable. This condition is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can cause inflammation in the joints and tissues of the feet that results in swelling and stiffness. The swelling may also be accompanied by pain, tenderness, and redness further impacting mobility and quality of life. When individuals with psoriatic arthritis experience flare-ups of symptoms, the swelling and discomfort in the feet can become worse. Managing psoriatic arthritis involves a thorough approach that can include medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can offer specialized care for foot-related symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Some recommendations are supportive footwear, orthotic inserts, and exercises to improve mobility and reduce discomfort. If you have psoriatic arthritis and are experiencing swelling in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Mark Poplawski, DPM of Jersey Shore Podiatry, LLC. Our doctor 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 office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Foot health serves as a silent communicator, often revealing underlying issues within the body. Foot cramps, seemingly innocuous, can indicate dehydration or nutrient deficiencies, while swollen feet may signify heart, kidney, or circulatory problems. Cold feet could be a sign of poor circulation or thyroid dysfunction, requiring attention to prevent further complications. Similarly, tingling sensations in the feet may point to a pinched nerve elsewhere in the body. Ignoring these signals can lead to developing health issues over time. Paying attention to foot health is thus imperative, not just for comfort but for overall well-being. Regular foot care, including proper footwear, moisturizing, and gentle exercises, can promote circulation and alleviate discomfort. However, if symptoms persist, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Mark Poplawski, DPM from Jersey Shore Podiatry, LLC. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, caused by the fungus Trichophyton, flourishes in warm and damp environments. This fungus, usually harmless on the skin, can rapidly multiply when feet are confined in tight, non-breathable shoes, particularly plastic ones, or when socks remain damp. It spreads through direct skin contact, as well as indirectly via contaminated surfaces, like showers, pools, towels, and bedding. Symptoms of athlete's foot infections typically include itching, stinging, and burning sensations between the toes, in addition to dry, flaky, red, and scaly skin. In advanced cases, the skin may crack, ooze, or develop blisters. Athlete’s foot, which is highly contagious, can spread to the soles and sides of the feet, or even to the hands. Anyone with a weakened immune system is at a greater risk. Prompt treatment is vital to prevent the infection from spreading and worsening. If left untreated, athlete’s foot can lead to bacterial infections derived from skin fissures. For persistent symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and tailored treatment plans to effectively manage and eradicate the infection. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Mark Poplawski, DPM from Jersey Shore Podiatry, LLC.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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