Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

For people with diabetes, proper foot care is critical due to the risk of neuropathy and poor circulation, which can lead to severe complications. High blood sugar levels over time can damage nerves and reduce blood flow, causing numbness and decreased healing ability. This makes the feet more susceptible to injuries, infections, and ulcers, which can develop unnoticed and worsen quickly. To maintain foot health, individuals with diabetes should inspect their feet daily for cuts, blisters, redness, or swelling. Keeping feet clean and dry, moisturizing to prevent cracks, and trimming nails carefully are essential steps. Wearing properly fitted shoes and socks that reduce pressure and friction can prevent sores. Regular foot exercises and avoiding smoking may help to improve circulation. Failure to care for diabetic feet can lead to severe infections, gangrene, and even amputations. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist for regular check-ups and specialized treatment plans.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Heel cups are invaluable for individuals who spend long hours on their feet, providing essential support and cushioning to alleviate heel pain. These shoe inserts are particularly beneficial for those suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis, which can be aggravated by insufficient support and poor shock absorption. Heel cups cushion the entire heel, from the point of impact with the ground to the edges and back, distributing the shock more evenly to reduce pressure on any single area. This helps make walking, running, and standing much more comfortable. Additionally, the gentle compression from heel cups can help reduce swelling in the heel and ankle. Professions such as nursing, retail, and culinary arts often involve prolonged standing. By using heel cups, people working in these fields can enhance their comfort and reduce heel pain. Consulting with a podiatrist can help in selecting the right heel cups and ensuring they are correctly fitted. If you experience heel pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

An Achilles tendon tear, whether partial or complete, is a serious injury often caused by sudden, forceful movements during sports or activities. Symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear include sharp pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty pointing the foot or standing on tiptoe. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the tear. Partial tears can often be managed conservatively with immobilization using a cast, splint, brace, or walking boot. This is followed by a structured rehabilitation program to restore strength and flexibility gradually. Complete tears typically require surgical intervention to reattach the tendon ends and ensure optimal healing. Following surgery, a thorough rehabilitation plan is essential to regain full function and reduce the risk of re-injury. If you suspect an Achilles tendon tear or experience symptoms like sudden pain and restricted movement, it is suggested that you seek an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and tailored treatment plan.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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