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American veterans have met our foreign enemies head-on for years, unfortunately there is another enemy that has been attacking them right here at home; an enemy named diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, right now, 5.5 Million Veterans receive VA (Veteran’s Health Administration) health care services. Out of those 5.5 million veterans, every 1 out of 4 has diabetes. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, it is important to get educated about diabetes and what can be done about it.

Diabetics are prone to various foot problems and so it is important to take the necessary steps for foot care. Here are the basics about diabetes and how, with proper care and maintenance, it can be successfully managed.

 

  1. Eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Regular self-monitoring and medical care to control blood sugar.
  4. Refrain from tobacco use.
  5. Get a yearly foot check.
  6. Do NOT try to cut your own corns and calluses.
  7. Minor cuts, scratches, and abrasions can turn into an infection. Do not self- treat.
  8. Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly.
  9. Carefully inspect your feet on a regular basis.

 

Thank you to all who have served our country and Happy Veteran’s Day!

By Dr. Diana Emini
November 04, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The month of November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 26 million people all over the Unites States. It is important for those suffering from diabetes, as well as those who haven’t yet been diagnosed, to know the risks and complications that come with diabetes and to be aware to avoid any serious problems.

What does diabetes have to do with feet?

There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes, some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral arterial disease or amputations.

Here are some common problems associated with diabetes:

Neuropathy: Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs that can also be accompanied by pain.

Skin Changes: Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.

Foot Ulcers: Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If neglected, infections may occur which can lead to amputations. It is important to get ulcers checked and treated in the beginning stages.  

Poor Circulation: Your foot is more susceptible to infections and it may be harder to heal with poor circulation. Smoking worsens circulation but exercise helps it!

How can DMFA help?

Here at DM Foot & Ankle, we offer comprehensive and healthy foot treatments for the different complications that may occur with diabetes. We schedule annual foot examinations, in which we observe and treat overall health of patient’s skin, circulation, nerves, and foot structure. For neuropathic feet, we cut toenails safely and take care of calluses, which can ulcerate if they’re left untreated.

In terms of foot protection, we have several different lines of Medicare- approved diabetic shoes that help protect the feet with extra thickness in the soles. We offer all of these services and many more! Make sure to call our office with any questions or to schedule a yearly foot exam if you are having problems like the ones mentioned above. It’s time to help raise awareness of diabetes!

 

By Dr. Michelle Kim
September 16, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

We all get passed down genes from our ancestors, whether it's our hair color or mannerisms. What you may not have thought about before was what kind of foot you inherited. Do you have a high arch, standard arch, or a low arch? Low-arched feet are also referred to as "flat feet." Some arches might just be a little bit lower than normal, and others may be super flat-- as in Fred Flinstone flat.

People with flat feet have arches that are lower than normal, sometimes causing the entire sole of the foot to touch the floor when standing. Your feet help to support your entire body and contribute to the alignment of your entire spinal system. Therefore having good foot structure is important to your body’s well-being.

The condition can first be detected in children when they become toddlers. Some kids begin to develop their arches, and in other kids they remain flat. In these cases, it is good to begin use of pediatric arch supports to help develop better joint and tendon positioning. Over time, the flattening came become worse and cause tendon damage, arthritis, and lower back pain.

The good news is it can be treated! We believe in early intervention rather than waiting until the damage is already done. Anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, supportive taping, bracing, and orthotics are common treatments for flat foot. In more severe cases, there are surgical options to help restore your foot function. If you or your child is experiencing pain from flat feet, be sure to come in and get your feet treated here at DM Foot & Ankle!

By Dr. Diana Emini
August 05, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again! The final weeks of summer vacation are coming to an end. Now it is time for school supplies, new clothes, rearranging schedules, after-school sports, and preparing for the new school year ahead. As you make your back-to-school shopping list, be sure to include a pair of comfortable new shoes that your child can wear. According to APMA, there are many important factors to be aware of when buying a new pair of shoes for your child:

Children’s feet are growing!  Children are constantly growing out of their clothes. This also includes growing out of shoe and sock sizes, which can change every few months. Be sure to keep up with the right size.

Shoes that don’t fit can cause problems! It is important to get your child’s feet measured whenever you buy a new pair of shoes and watch for shoe irritation.

NO hand-me-downs! Everyone’s feet are shaped differently, once the shoes have been stretched and worn to fit one child’s foot, they should not be worn by another child. Also, fungus can be spread by shoe sharing.

Examine the heels of the shoes.  The heels may wear through quicker than they outgrow the shoes. Uneven heels can indicate foot problems that should be checked by a podiatrist.

Always buy shoes that fit the larger foot. There will always be one foot that is bigger than the other, so it is safer to buy for the bigger foot so as to avoid shoe irritation.

Buy shoes that don’t need to be “broken in”.  Shoes should not need to be broken in, they should be comfortable to begin with. Make sure to have your child try the shoes on with whatever type of sock they will normally be wearing to ensure proper fit.

 

 

 

 

By Dr. Diana Emini
July 22, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

 

Flip flops, sun dresses, beach towels, and sunglasses...the true signs of summer. Now that we are in full fledged summer mode, all of the newest 2015 summer fashion trends are popping up on Tv, at the beach, and all around town! One trend that will never seem to go out of style are flip flops.  Most people choose to wear sandals or flip flops during the summer but don’t know the consequences that come along with wearing them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when opting for a pair of flip-flops:

According to American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • ·      Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  • Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  • Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
  • Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.
  • Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
  • Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
  • Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
  • Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
  • Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.