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Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

A Guide to Caring for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers are common among those with diabetes, requiring vigilant wound care to prevent complications and promote healing. These ulcers often develop due to reduced blood circulation and nerve damage in the feet, making them slower to heal and more susceptible to infection. The key to managing diabetic foot ulcers lies in meticulous care. This can begin by keeping the wound clean to prevent infections. Regularly change dressings and use prescribed topical antibiotics if necessary. Removing pressure from the affected foot and using special footwear may help to redistribute weight. Monitor blood sugar levels because high glucose levels can impede the healing process. Consulting a podiatrist is essential for proper wound assessment and care. They may recommend advanced wound dressings, debridement, or surgical interventions if the ulcer is severe. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help manage this condition.


 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

The Feet Can Be Affected by Poor Circulation

Symptoms that are associated with poor circulation can include cold or discolored feet, and there may be numbness or a tingling sensation. Poor circulation can come from closed, hardened, or narrowed blood vessels that can prevent adequate blood, oxygen, and nutrients from being transported through the body. There may be underlying reasons that can lead to poor circulation. These can include Raynaud’s disease, which can limit blood flow to the fingers and toes, and acrocyanosis, causing the toes to turn blue from constricting blood vessels. Additionally, poor circulation is common among diabetic patients as a result of damaged blood vessels. Poor circulation may also affect people who smoke, are inactive, or who have high cholesterol or blood pressure. Mild relief may be found when the feet are massaged, relaxation techniques are practiced, and physical activity is increased. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Flat feet and overpronation, although often seen together, are distinct conditions that can exist independently. Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, are characterized by the lack of an arch on the inside of the foot, resulting in the entire sole touching the ground. Overpronation relates to the dynamic movement of the foot during activities such as walking or running. Pronation is the natural inward roll and lowering of the arch when weight is placed on the foot. Overpronation means this movement is excessive, potentially leading to issues due to altered force patterns on the foot and leg. The collapse of the arch when standing can lead to excessive pronation while in motion. Correcting flat feet often involves both raising the arch when standing and controlling pronation during activities such as walking or running. Some individuals may have a normal arch, but still overpronate during high impact activities. Treatment and exercises for flat feet can sometimes overlap with those for overpronation. If you have either of these conditions, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and gait patterns to determine whether you have a problem requiring treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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MLS (Multiwave Locked System) Laser Therapy is a non-invasive method of treatment that uses two continuous therapeutic wavelengths of light that penetrate deep into the tissue to stimulate the regeneration of cells, decrease pain and inflammation, and improve circulation to the injured area. While there may be a slight warming sensation at the site of treatment, the combination of these two synchronized wavelengths minimizes the risk of thermal damage. Treatments generally take 10-15 minutes, and the typical course of treatment entails roughly 6 to 12 treatments. Many patients experience long-term positive results from MLS Therapy, as it addresses the cause of pain rather than simply masking symptoms. Podiatrists may use MLS therapy to treat plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon issues, bursitis, neuromas, arthritis, fractures, injuries, and more. If you have any of these conditions, talk to your podiatrist to see if you are a good candidate for MLS Laser Therapy.

MLS Laser Therapy is a successful alternative for treating any pain you may be experiencing related to certain podiatric conditions.  If you are interested in MLS Laser Therapy, consult with Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

MLS Laser Therapy

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is a patented, FDA-cleared technology that helps relieve pain and inflammation from a number of podiatric conditions, including:

  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wounds
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuromas

MLS Laser Therapy is an ideal alternative to surgery and prescription medication, as it has no negative side effects and encourages accelerated healing. Among its many clinical benefits, MLS Laser Therapy also:

  • Reduces swelling due to bruising or inflammation
  • Blocks pain
  • Reduces formation of scar tissue
  • Improves nerve function

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

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Sunday, 03 September 2023 00:00

Get Proper Treatment for Ankle Injuries

If you're experiencing ankle pain, you may be suffering from an ankle injury. Sprains, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and Achilles tendon ruptures are just some examples of potential ankle injuries. Don't wait for care for an ankle injury, as it may worsen over time. We can help!

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