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May 2024

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Professional Foot Corn Removal

Corns are hard, thickened areas of skin that form on the feet in response to pressure and friction. They typically develop on the toes or the soles of the feet. These skin lesions can cause discomfort and pain, particularly when pressure is applied, such as while wearing shoes. Although corns form to protect the skin, they often grow too thick and need to be managed. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can professionally remove corns through several methods. One common technique is carefully paring down the thickened skin using a scalpel. This should only be done by a professional to avoid injury. For persistent corns, a podiatrist may also use salicylic acid treatments to chemically pare down the excess skin. Additionally, custom orthotics or padding might be recommended to relieve pressure and prevent the recurrence of corns. In severe cases, a podiatrist may suggest surgical correction of the underlying bone structure that causes the friction. If you are struggling with foot corns, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for personalized and safe treatment. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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For individuals with diabetes, limb salvage is a critical aspect of managing the condition and maintaining quality of life. Diabetes can lead to complications such as peripheral artery disease and neuropathy, increasing the risk of foot ulcers and infections that may ultimately require limb amputation if left untreated. To salvage limbs, implementing proactive measures is essential. Regular foot exams by a podiatrist can identify potential issues early. Diabetic patients should prioritize foot care, including daily inspection, proper hygiene, and moisturizing to prevent dry skin. Wearing well-fitted shoes and avoiding walking barefoot can also reduce the risk of injuries. Managing blood sugar levels through medication, diet, and exercise is critical in preserving vascular health and nerve function. Any foot wounds should receive immediate attention, with proper cleaning and dressing to promote healing and prevent infection. By prioritizing preventive care and early intervention, diabetic patients can minimize the risk of limb loss and maintain mobility for a better quality of life. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition and guide you toward important tactics that may help to salvage damaged limbs.

Diabetic Limb Salvage

Diabetic limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have a foot ulcer and diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Diabetic limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot, that has an infected ulcer, from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Amputation has been found to lead to higher mortality rates. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Addressing Foot Pain

Foot pain comes in various forms, each signaling potential underlying issues that should not be disregarded. Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, results from inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, often due to overuse or improper footwear. Morton's neuroma, characterized by a sharp, burning sensation in the ball of the foot, stems from the thickening of the tissue around a nerve, typically caused by pressure or irritation. Bunions, hallux rigidus, and stress fractures are additional examples of foot conditions that can cause discomfort and affect mobility. Ignoring foot pain can lead to exacerbated symptoms, decreased quality of life, and even chronic conditions that require more invasive treatments. Proper diagnosis and timely intervention are essential for addressing foot pain and preventing long-term complications. Consulting a podiatrist can help identify the underlying causes and develop an effective treatment plan to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have any foot pain, it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can provide a diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a broad ligament that lies under the foot, becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or strain. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain that can also radiate along the arch or sole of the foot. It typically worsens in the morning or after prolonged rest but often subsides with movement. Swelling and redness around the heel and arch area may accompany inflammation, and the affected area may feel tender or puffy. Stiffness and tightness in the foot can worsen throughout the day with increased activity. Discomfort in the foot's arch is also a common symptom of plantar fasciitis, limiting mobility and affecting daily activities. Pain and discomfort in the Achilles tendon may result from altered foot movement patterns caused by this condition. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.  

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

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