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Posts for: July, 2015

By A.A. Podiatry
July 06, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetic  

Diabetic Foot CarePeople with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.
 


By A.A. Podiatry
July 06, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Ankle Sprains"Slow and steady" is the key to bouncing back from a sprained ankle.

With an estimated 25,000 ankles sprained every day, it's no surprise that ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries seen by Dr. Annik Adamson at A.A. Podiatry in Alexandria, Virginia. Sprains occur when the ankle is twisted or rolled unnaturally, usually from stepping on an uneven surface or from a sports activity. This results in the ligaments stretching or even tearing. The ankle will likely be painful, and may look swollen or bruised. In severe cases, the pain and instability will prevent any weight from being put on the affected ankle.

If you think you might have sprained your ankle, it's important to see your Alexandria podiatrist right away to determine its severity. After your appointment, you'll need to follow some simple but important directions to ensure proper healing. Here are a few tips that Dr. Adamson suggests for dealing with the pain and inconvenience of a sprained ankle at home.

R.I.C.E.

Most ankle sprains can be treated using the tried-and-true R.I.C.E. method. R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The steps are fairly self-explanatory: staying off your ankle as much as possible by propping it up (rest and elevation), treating the area with an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, and wearing an ankle brace (compression) will all help to heal your sprained ankle. It make take several days of this treatment for the swelling to diminish.

Physical Therapy

You'll return to Dr. Annik Adamson's Alexandria podiatry office for further evaluation, at which time she may prescribe a series of exercises aimed at restoring your ankle's strength and stability. It's important to follow these directions to the letter and not to overdo it, even your ankle seems to be healed.

Take it Slow

Above all else, it's imperative that you follow your Alexandria podiatrist's recommendations after an ankle sprain. A gradual return to normal activities will allow the affected ligaments to heal, and your ankle to become stable again. It's also necessary that you recognize your body's signals to slow down, pain and fatigue, and respond to them accordingly.

If you're concerned that you might have sprained your ankle, contact A.A. Podiatry in Alexandria as soon as possible. Early treatment means a better chance at successful healing.