Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers can lead to serious problems like amputations, infections, and a lower quality of life. These wounds take a long time to heal and can come back even after they seem better. Podiatrists often use a treatment called debridement to help. Several different debridement methods are employed to address these wounds effectively. Sharp surgical debridement involves the precise use of surgical instruments, such as scalpels, to skillfully remove dead or damaged tissue from the wound. Autolytic debridement harnesses the body's natural healing processes. It involves maintaining a moist wound environment using appropriate dressings. The body's own enzymes work to break down and liquefy dead tissue over time. Enzymatic debridement uses specialized ointments or gels containing enzymes applied to the wound. These enzymes actively break down necrotic tissue, aiding in its removal. Enzymatic debridement products are available by prescription. Other types of debridement exist. If you have a diabetic foot ulcer that needs extra care, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss debridement as a healing treatment and the precise type that would be best for your individual needs.

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 one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Ankle sprains, though common, are often underestimated in their impact on our daily lives. Understanding these injuries is pivotal for everyone, from athletes to the average person navigating routine activities. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch beyond their limits, often due to a sudden twist or turn. The severity varies, with mild sprains causing discomfort and swelling, while more severe cases may lead to instability and difficulty walking. Recognizing the signs, including pain, swelling, and bruising, is essential for prompt intervention. Ignoring ankle sprains or not providing adequate care can lead to long-term complications, such as chronic instability or arthritis. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and effectively treat this condition.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Managing a broken foot requires immediate attention and a structured treatment plan to ensure proper healing. Immobilization of the foot is often necessary to prevent further injury, and this may involve using splints, casts, or walking boots. The type of fracture dictates the specific immobilization method. Pain relief is an important aspect of management. In some cases, particularly for more complex fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign and stabilize the bones. Following immobilization, the patient usually needs to limit weight bearing on the injured foot, sometimes with the aid of crutches or a scooter. A podiatrist will establish a timeline for the gradual reintroduction of weight-bearing activities. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, and follow their instructions to prevent re-injury in addition to proper bone healing.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Podiatrists are specialized healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. There are various compelling reasons to schedule a visit to a podiatrist. First, persistent foot or ankle pain should not be ignored, as it can be an indicator of an underlying issue. Podiatrists are experts in identifying and addressing the source of your discomfort. They can diagnose conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, or heel spurs, and develop personalized treatment plans. If you are experiencing mobility issues, a podiatrist can help. They can provide custom orthotics or recommend appropriate footwear to improve your gait and balance. Diabetes can take a toll on the feet, leading to complications like neuropathy and ulcers. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist are essential for early detection and preventative care. In short, consulting a podiatrist is beneficial for anyone seeking to maintain their overall foot health, in addition to alleviating foot pain. It is suggested that you visit a podiatrist if you are interested in learning more about the field of podiatry. 

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from ABC Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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