Items filtered by date: October 2022

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

How to Wash Your Feet if You Have Diabetes

For diabetics, foot health care is an important part of daily life. Problems, such as diabetic neuropathy and peripheral artery disease, that stem from long-term high blood sugar levels can make a daily foot care regimen essential. If sores, wounds, and cuts are not treated, they can develop ulcers that could, over time, lead to more serious problems. One major way a diabetic can ward off potential foot problems is to carefully wash and dry the feet each day. First, use warm, not hot, water. Using mild soap, wash every part of the foot, including the bottom and between the toes. Next, gently pat the feet dry. Avoid rubbing the skin. Finally, carefully dry between each toe. If you have difficulty reaching your feet or performing this task, it is a good idea to ask a family member or health aide for help. Then apply lotion to keep the skin from cracking and to help soften calluses, but be careful to avoid putting lotion between the toes. If you have diabetes-related foot problems, it is wise to seek regular checkups from a podiatrist who is trained to deal with the effects of this disease.

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 Dr. Rouder from S.I. Podiatry. 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 Staten Island, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Plantar fasciitis is a common injury that can affect the ability to walk, run, and participate in jumping activities. It is a condition that affects the plantar fascia which runs along the sole of the foot. Its function is to connect the toes to the heels, and tears that occur can result in plantar fasciitis. Gradual discomfort eventually progresses to severe pain, and prompt medical treatment is often sought to manage the pain. People that enjoy running and who develop plantar fasciitis often need to limit the number of times they run per week, and this may help to accelerate the healing process. Many patients notice the heel pain is worse in the morning after arising, and performing specific stretches may help to find mild relief. An effective stretch is done by standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist at the first hint of heel pain who can properly diagnose and offer correct treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Rouder  from S.I. Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Can Children and Teenagers Suffer With Gout?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that leads to pain and swelling in and around joints. It is much more common in adults but can affect children and teens as well. Gout affecting this younger age group is referred to as pediatric gout. With gout, excess uric acid in the blood builds up in the joints and forms sharp crystals to form in joints. The joints may become painful, swollen, and stiff. This condition usually starts in the big toe. Given how rare gout is in children, it is often thought to be from an underlying medical problem. This affliction can occur at birth or be associated with obesity, down syndrome, congenital heart disease, or kidney disease among other things. Male children experience a more sudden rise in uric acid levels at around age 12 compared to similarly aged females. This may be due to rising testosterone levels in males, which gives rise to increased uric acid. In contrast, rising estrogen levels in females cause an increase in uric acid removal. Increased uric acid levels may or may not lead to gout. If your child is complaining of big toe joint pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible to see if gout is the culprit.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Rouder from S.I. Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Saturday, 08 October 2022 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Dealing With Bunionettes

A bunionette is a bony bump on the base of the 5th, or pinky, toe. Bunionettes are not pretty and not always problematic, but they sometimes can cause severe pain. For instance, they can make trying on shoes more difficult. A callus may form at the site of the bunionette, as a result of rubbing against a shoe. In other cases, inflammation of the joint can join with the bunionette to produce pain. In many cases, a bunionette forms on only one foot, but may appear on both feet. If a bunionette becomes problematic, surgery is a treatment option. Non-surgical treatment includes avoiding pointy-toed shoes, which tend to aggravate the condition. One can also wear pads on the area to cushion the bone inside a shoe. Other non-surgical methods include orthotics, which correct gait problems and other side effects of having a bunionette, as well as certain medications to relieve pain. If you need assistance in dealing with a painful bunionette, please consult a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment options. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Rouder of S.I. Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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