Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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How often should I perform a diabetic self-foot exam?
If you have diabetes, it is essential to make a self-foot exam part of your daily routine. Nerve damage associated with the disease can cause wounds to go unnoticed, and poor circulation inhibits their healing. As a result, dangerous infections can set in and lead to serious complications like gangrene or even amputation.
The key to preventing this from happening is thoroughly checking your feet every day. Look for any abrasions, redness, or warm areas. Keep an eye out for blisters, ingrown toenails that can become infected, fungal nails that can spread, and dry skin that can crack. Use a mirror for hard-to-see spots. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact Carolina Podiatry Group right away. The sooner you treat a problem, the better chance you have of preventing it from becoming serious.
For more tips on diabetic foot care, contact us at (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster, SC, or dial (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill.
When should I seek wound care for a diabetic ulcer?
Because diabetes weakens your immune system and causes poor blood flow, your body’s natural healing process is inhibited. In addition, nerve damage can keep you from knowing an ulcer is forming. This means a wound can go unnoticed and worsen, leading to dangerous infections and even amputation. If you have a diabetic ulcer, seek help immediately. Pay attention to any changes in your feet, and at the first signs of trouble, call us at Carolina Podiatry Group, Inc. The sooner wound care begins, the better chance you have of avoiding serious complications.
We will examine and clean the ulcer, and remove any dead tissue, a procedure called debridement. Your foot will then be treated with medication and bandaged. “Off-loading” will follow, meaning you will need to take pressure off of the area and not bear weight on it.
If you have diabetes and have discovered an ulcer on your foot, call us at Carolina Podiatry Group, Inc. in SC right away. You can reach us at (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill.
What are the best shoes for bunions?
The number one rule in bunion care is to wear shoes that fit well. Footwear needs to be roomy enough to allow your toes to wiggle without restriction.
Choose styles with a wide toe box—not narrow or pointy. Also, opt for a pair made of flexible materials that can mold to the specific shape of your foot. Heels should be kept at a minimum so that weight and pressure are distributed evenly. Orthotic inserts can help with this as well, in addition to providing added cushion and support. Protective pads can be placed on the painful area too, and you can even have your shoes professionally stretched to give you the comfort you need.
For more tips on the best shoes for bunions, contact Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, and William Harris IV, DPM, of the Carolina Podiatry Group. Call (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill, SC, location or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.
Can I walk on a broken foot?
Unlike a broken ankle which can cause immobility, a broken bone in your forefoot (metatarsals) or in your toes (phalanges) is painful, but not necessarily disabling. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone surface. These occur most often in athletes as a result of increased training, change in terrain, and improper techniques. Other types of fractures break through the bone completely. These can be stable, meaning the bones are still aligned, or displaced, which means the ends of the bones do not line up. This type of break usually is caused by sudden trauma, like something heavy falling on your foot. Typically you can walk on a broken foot, however, doing so will aggravate the situation. It’s best to give your foot a rest, and keep weight off it, so that bones can take the time they need to heal. It is always best to get an injury like a fracture checked out to ensure proper treatment.
If you have hurt your foot, visit Carolina Podiatry, Inc. Make an appointment with Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, or William Harris IV, DPM by calling (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster, or (803) 548-FEET in Fort Mill, SC.