General Foot Health

Many people tend to forget about their wrinkled feet when it comes to the fight against aging. I guess it’s understandable in as much as it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. But having said that, as soon as you take off your shoes and socks, or pantyhose, there they are again, those horrible, old looking, wrinkly feet. So why not treat your feet to the same anti age skin care products that you use on the rest of your body? For diabetics only, fitting (including follow-up), custom preparation and supply of off-the-shelf depth-inlay shoe manufactured to accommodate multi- density insert(s), per shoe”

Instructions were to put Neosporin ointment on the incision area, place the gauze on top and wrap it with the bandage to hold it on place during the day. At night I am to take off the bandages and let it air dry. I can also shower now and get the foot wet with the bandage on. I can start bearing weight slowly and maybe moving my foot more as I can. I need to do this especially because I had trouble even trying to move my ankle at the appt. Everything was stiff. I don’t have another checkup for 3 weeks!

Pain at the back of the heel is associated with inflammation of the achilles tendon as it runs behind the ankle and inserts on the back surface of the heel bone. The inflammation is called achilles tendinitis. It is common among people who run and walk a lot and have tight tendons. The condition occurs when the tendon is strained over time, causing the fibers to tear or stretch along its length, or at its insertion on to the heel bone. This leads to inflammation, pain, and the possible growth of a bone spur on the back of the heel bone. bunion hard skin

The typical bunion is found as a bump behind the big toe or small toe. The time to have this problem evaluated by your podiatrist is when these bumps on the side of the foot are small and not painful. With early treatment, the likelihood of surgery is greatly decreased. Bunions can be hereditary or caused by injury, arthritis or gout. During your exam, x-rays will be taken and your foot structure will be evaluated. In most cases your foot is unstable and has abnormal motion. This requires custom inserts or orthotics to stabilize your foot and to prevent the bunion from worsening.

The first way to spoil feet is to get a pedicure. This is a perfect way to take off any dead skin cells from the feet and toes as well as to restore moisture to the feet. Rehydration results from a pedicure because feet are soaked in water and then moisturized with lotion. If the salon offers the option of a warm foot bath with a special essential oil, that is an even better way to hydrate. As recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association, sterile salon tools should always be used by the salon to stop the spread of skin fungus from one person to another.

For those affected by diabetes, proper foot care and maintenance is essential. The disease decreases blood flow, particularly to the feet. Diabetics must continuously monitor their feet to avoid infections, otherwise they could face amputation. When inspecting your feet, look for wounds, bruises, blisters, ulcers and ingrown nails. It is recommended that you contact your podiatrist for instructions on how to properly care for your feet. Treatment for hammertoe involves wearing shoes with soft and roomy toe boxes so there is less friction against the toes. Toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles are also recommended. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the condition.

The first thing you can do is soak your feet everyday in sea saltwater. Saltwater is good for your wounded toes because it causes damaged cell fluid and “dirty” white blood cells to flow out of the wound. It has a cleansing effect. Epsom saltwater is probably used most widely. Sea salt has a component of this salt already in it. Finally, you can wrap up the toe to keep the cotton in place for another day. But keep in mind that you will have to remove it at the end of the day and repeat the entire thing for the next day.

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