Posts for: November, 2016
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, find out why your foot health is so very important.
Whether you've just recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have had it for a while, perhaps you’ve heard your doctor talk about keeping your feet healthy but you aren’t quite sure why. After all, isn’t diabetes just a blood sugar problem? How does it even affect feet? Our Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists--Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella and Dr. Neil Goldberg--are here to tell you why those with diabetes should pay special attention to their foot health.
Unfortunately, the majority of people with diabetes will suffer some nerve or blood vessel damage, which can also cause issues for your feet. Those with diabetes can also develop neuropathy, which can lead to a loss of sensation or feeling in the feet or hands, which leaves you more susceptible to infection. But our Hackensack and Montvale foot doctors have some easy ways that can help you manage your foot health each and every day.
Examine Your Feet
This is something you should be doing everyday. Nerve damage can lead to foot complications that can lead to foot pain, cracks and sores, which should all be treated by a professional to prevent further complications. Use a mirror to thoroughly inspect your feet for any changes that may require medical attention. If you have issues examining your feet, ask a member of your family to help.
Stay Away From Hot Water
Those with neuropathy or nerve damage may not be able to tell when water is too hot, which is why it’s always important to first test the water using your elbow. Water that is too hot could cause serious burns or blisters, which could lead to an infection. Make sure to always check the water in the bathtub or shower before stepping in.
Wear the Proper Footwear
If you don’t have shoes that protect or support your feet, then you could be doing your feet a great disservice. It’s now time to invest some time and money into shoes that will provide enough comfort and padding to prevent foot problems like calluses, corns or blisters. Look for shoes that offer your toes enough room to wiggle and move and opt for shoes that don’t have seams on the inside of the shoes, which can cause friction against the skin.
Never Go Barefoot
It might feel tempting to walk around the house in your bare feet, but it’s important that you protect your feet even when you are in your own house; just doing everyday chores can cause small cuts or injuries to your feet. I know it might seem silly, but if a splinter or even a small piece of glass gets into your foot (and you are unaware due to nerve damage), you could be dealing with some rather serious complications.
The foot specialists at the Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, are here to make sure that your feet stay healthy. Whether you are experiencing foot changes or you just need to schedule a foot exam, we are here for you!
Don’t let heel pain drag you down. Find out what might be going on.
It can be quite the frustrating situation when you’ve been looking forward to your daily run but your feet are in so much pain that you may have to stop your run short. If you are experiencing heel pain and you’re not sure why, then it’s time you turned to one of our very own Hackensack, NJ podiatrists--Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella and Dr. Neil Goldberg--for some answers.
There are so many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain and it is often difficult to tell what might be causing it without coming in to visit our Hackensack foot doctors for a proper diagnosis. Of course, throughout all the heel pain cases we have seen, here are typically the most common causes:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spur
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fracture
Runners and athletes are often more at risk for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, as are people whose work requires them to be on their feet for the majority of the day, but anyone can experience these conditions, even if they don’t hit the trails or workout often.
When should I visit a doctor?
While people often don’t want to overreact to their symptoms and make an unnecessary doctor's appointment, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s time you sought immediate care:
- Severe pain and swelling
- The inability to bend your foot or trouble walking
- Heel pain that is accompanied by numbness or tingling
- Serious heel pain that manifested right after an injury
While these symptoms won’t require you to seek us out right away, you will still want to schedule an appointment with us if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain that still lingers even after walking or putting weight on your foot
- Pain that lasts a few weeks, even with at-home care such as ice, rest and elevation
Don’t let heel pain get the upper hand. Nix foot pain and get back to your life again. Turn to Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Hackensack, NJ for the care your feet deserve.