Simple everyday measures could protect the health of your feet from diabetic-related complications.
If you’ve been dealing with diabetes for a while then chances are pretty good that you and your doctor have talked about the fact that foot complications are fairly common in those who have this chronic health problem. While this piece of information may make you a bit nervous, our Staten Island, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Rouder, is here to tell you what you can do to protect your feet.
Perform Self-Examinations Everyday
A lot of people who have diabetes also have some degree of nerve damage in their feet, which makes it more challenging to know when there is an issue present. Since you won’t always feel injuries or symptoms, it’s important that you examine your feet thoroughly once a day. Look for cracks, redness, swelling, tenderness, cuts, corns and calluses, open wounds and other issues. If you notice any changes call our Staten Island foot doctor right away.
Wear the Right Shoes
It’s important that the shoes that you wear provide enough comfort, stability and cushioning. You should spend ample time shopping around for the right shoes. Shoes should provide enough room for your toes (toes should never be bunched up), offer enough support and should not rub against your feet.
Never Go Barefoot
While it may seem odd to wear your shoes indoors, it’s important that you protect your feet at all times even if you are just spending a day at home. If you don’t wear shoes you could leave your feet prone to cuts, scratches and open wounds. You may even step on something sharp like a piece of glass but not even notice. If you have also been diagnosed with neuropathy, it’s even more necessary that you wear shoes and socks at all times.
Wash Feet Everyday
When you step into the shower it’s important that you also take time to thoroughly wash your feet with soap and water. Just letting the shower water run over your feet isn’t enough. Get into all those nooks and crannies between toes and remember to thoroughly dry off your feet when you are done. Follow it up by applying a moisturizer to your feet to prevent skin from cracking and drying out.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms are looking for other ways to care for your feet know that the foot specialists of S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY, are here to provide your diabetic feet with the unique, customized care they need to stay healthy. Turn to us anytime!
If you are dealing with a toenail fungus, find out how laser therapy might be able to help.
Dealing with a fungal infection in your toenail can be rather unpleasant and certainly unattractive. As the weather gets warmer you may feel like you can’t show off your feet and must keep them hidden, especially if the affected nail is yellow, thick and brittle. If you’ve tried everything to treat your fungal infection and nothing has worked, then it’s time you turned to our Staten Island, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Rouder, for laser therapy.
How does laser therapy work to destroy toenail fungus?
You’ve tried over-the-counter topical medications, but nothing seems to work. This is where laser treatment comes in. Our lasers are able to penetrate through the hard layers of your toenail to heat up and kill the fungus that is growing underneath while leaving healthy nail and skin unharmed.
What are the benefits to choosing laser therapy for treating your fungal infection?
Laser treatment is a great option because it can often completely eliminate the fungus in just a few sessions without side effects, though more treatments may be needed depending on your situation. Taking medications for long periods of time, which is often the case when treating fungal infections, you may have to deal with some unpleasant side effects. Laser treatment eliminates that possibility. Plus, this laser beam is completely safe and doesn’t emit any radiation.
There is no pain or discomfort associated with treatment and no need for anesthesia. Plus, you’ll leave the office and be able to go about your daily routine. There is absolutely no recovery period.
Plus, laser therapy is easy. You’ll come in for treatment and the fungus will finally be destroyed. While it won’t prevent fungal infections in the future, it will be able to tackle your current infection and help clear up your nail so you can finally sport those sandals again!
If you are ready to learn more about laser fungal treatment and whether it can improve your foot health, then what are you waiting for? Call S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY, today at (718) 556-5550 to learn more.
Foot pain can hinder your daily activities and bring things like exercising or even simple tasks like walking to a halt. Though many cases of hammer toes begin painlessly if left untreated they can cause discomfort later on. Learn more about hammer toes and find out what you can do to combat their symptoms with Dr. Richard Rouder at S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY.
Do I have hammer toes?
Hammer toes are distinguishable from other foot-related conditions due to their appearance. The toe begins to curl, drawing it down and under and giving it a claw-like appearance, similar to the back of a hammer. Hammer toes normally occur on the second and third toes and begin painlessly. Some common signs and symptoms of hammer toe include:
- corn or callus on top of the toe’s joint
- pain at the top of the toe
- decreased range of motion
- difficulty moving the toe
- foot pain localized in the ball of the foot
What causes hammer toes?
While many cases of hammer toes relate to wearing shoes which do not fit properly, they can come from other causes as well. Foot injuries or injuries to the toe directly can cause hammer toe. Other conditions like bunions or arthritis can also cause a hammer toe to form.
Hammertoe Treatments in Staten Island, NY
There are two types of hammer toes: flexible hammer toe and rigid hammer toes. Flexible hammer toes are normally in the early stages and patients can still bend and move their toe, giving doctors a better chance of successfully treating the condition with more conservative treatments. These treatments may include simply switching the type of shoes you wear or padding the hammertoe while wearing shoes. Rigid hammer toes happen in the later stages of the condition, causing the toe to become stiff and immovable. Patients with rigid hammer toes may require surgery to correct their problem.
For more information on hammer toes, please contact Dr. Rouder at S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY. Call (718) 556-5550 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rouder today!
Has our Staten Island, NY podiatrist, Dr. Richard Rouder, recently told you that you have a bunion? While a common foot problem, this deformity can lead to serious pain and other symptoms if you don’t take the appropriate measures to prevent it from getting worse. Here are the common symptoms of a bunion, useful self-measures you can take to improve your discomfort and when it might be time to consider surgery.
As our Staten Island foot doctor will tell you, bunion surgery is typically the last resort when all other treatments have failed to ease your symptoms. In most cases, patients can manage their symptoms effectively with non-surgical options such as:
- Wearing shoe inserts. We can provide you with quality, custom-made orthotics to help take pressure off certain areas of the foot while also providing support and cushioning.
- Choosing the proper footwear. Avoiding high heels, pointed toes and shoes that bunch up toes you will prevent your condition from getting worse and reduce your chances of bunion-related pain and discomfort.
These treatment options may be all you need to get your bunion discomfort under control. Of course, if you want to truly get rid of a bunion, the only way to do so is through surgery. Since bunions typically get worse over time, surgery may be recommended at some point in your lifetime.
Since getting surgery comes with its own risks it’s important that you’ve tried all other non-invasive bunion treatment options before considering whether surgery is the next logical step. Those who are experiencing significant pain or whose symptoms are affecting their daily life will want to talk to us about whether bunion surgery is the right choice for them and their foot health.
If you are dealing with debilitating foot pain because of your bunion and you aren’t finding relief through other treatment options then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY to find out how we can help you.
Find out if you are susceptible to developing this painful foot condition.
Perhaps you’ve heard about plantar fasciitis. Maybe someone has mentioned it at your local gym or maybe a fellow runner has told you about the woes of his plantar heel pain. Our Staten Island, NY podiatrist, Dr. Richard Rouder, is here to provide you with more information about this common foot problem and what can increase your chances of developing this issue.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is usually the most common cause of acute forms of heel pain. This condition occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed or irritated. The fat that covers your heel provides the plantar fascia with protection and shock absorption when moving or standing.
What can increase someone’s chances of developing this condition?
As we age the pad of the heel becomes thinner and provides much less shock absorption, which can increase someone’s chances of developing this inflammatory foot problem. Other issues that may increase your likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis include:
- Suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of a workout
- Remaining on your feet most of the day
- Having diabetes
- Being overweight or obese
- Having flat feet or high arches
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The good news is that if you do develop plantar fasciitis, it can be pretty easy to treat. Most of the time our Staten Island foot doctor will recommend simple at-home measures that you can take to promote faster healing including taking over-the-counter pain medications, icing the heel, performing special exercises, avoiding physical activities that could exacerbate your symptoms and even bracing or splinting the foot (particularly while sleeping).
If these measures don’t work then steroid injections, ultrasound therapy and other more aggressive measures may need to be considered. Rarely is surgery necessary for treating this condition.
S.I. Podiatry in Staten Island, NY is ready to handle your foot problems, no matter how minor or complicated. Turn to the experts who can handle your plantar fasciitis or other symptoms effectively so that you can get back to what matters most.
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