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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

Treatment for Minor Foot Wounds

The majority of minor foot wounds are easily treated. It can begin with stopping any bleeding, and by applying pressure to it. The next step is cleaning it thoroughly by using tap water, followed by covering it with a sterile dressing. It is beneficial to use waterproof dressings so people can easily bathe or shower. Diabetic patients often develop wounds they cannot feel, generally as a result of nerve damage diabetes can cause. Wounds on these types of patients can become severe quickly, and the urgency of maintaining proper wound care is crucial in protecting the foot. There are some wounds that can be painful, and it may be helpful to take over-the-counter pain medicine, which can provide temporary relief. If you would like more information about how to care for wounds on the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.

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 Granite State Podiatry Associates. 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 offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

Which Type of Arthritis Do I Have?

The ankles and feet are responsible for the body’s mobility. Arthritis can affect the joints and range of motion may be limited, as a result of the pain arthritis can cause. There are several kinds of arthritis, and there are a few types that can affect the feet. A degenerative form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis, or OA, and it tends to happen to people who are middle-aged. A common symptom of the autoimmune disease that is referred to as rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, may lead to incurring a foot deformity, and it is often difficult to walk. An injury may cause post-traumatic arthritis to develop, which causes the cartilage to gradually wear away. Many patients have symptoms of arthritis that can consist of swelling, tenderness, and there may be pain while moving the foot. When the feet are affected by arthritis, patients may lose their sense of balance. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if arthritis is present, and offer you correct treatment solutions.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 19 May 2023 00:00

Stop Your Toenail Fungus

Have you noticed discoloration of your toenails? Have they become thickened or brittle? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a fungal nail infection. For some, having a fungal nail can be embarrassing. Overcome your embarrassment, and get treated.

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Foot Problems Caused by Diabetes

Diabetics are at extreme risk for a number of conditions that can affect the health of the lower extremities. Around 60 percent of diabetics develop a foot ulcer, brought about by peripheral nerve and vascular diseases. For that reason, a simple sore or slight wound on the feet can become a serious health threat. Loss of sensation in the feet and toes, caused by neuropathy, can make it difficult to notice a cut or sore. Constricted blood flow to the feet, caused by peripheral artery disease, can slow the healing process. If left unattended, even a tiny wound can become infected and turn into an open wound, or ulcer. As the untended ulcer continues to grow, tissue may die, and if left long enough can turn into gangrene. If the infection reaches the bone, loss of a limb then becomes a possibility. Diabetic foot ulcers are believed to be responsible for more hospital admissions than any other diabetes complication. The essentials to prevent this chain of events are a careful and regular routine of foot care and consistent regulation of insulin and blood sugar levels. Professional care from a podiatrist is suggested for any diabetic who struggles with such foot problems.  

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 one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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